Some weeks ago, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) tweeted some myths about infertility. I found them very useful to reproduce here and remind about relevant issues regarding the fertility and the infertility. When is it good to consult with a reproductive medicine specialist?
MYTH #2: “I’ll be labeled a difficult patient if I ask my doctor too many questions.”
Fact: It’s important for physicians and patients to work as a team. You should never feel ashamed to ask questions about your health and about what treatments are available or right for you. What is appropriate for one couple may not be for another – either physically, financially or emotionally. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your doctor.\n\nOne of the most important tasks that we doctors have is to listen and talk to the patients. If we don´t do that, chances of success get lower. It is not only important to have a good communication to improve the treatment approach but also to get more confidence and, in case of having negative results (which is very common in this type or treatments), have a good relationship to help patients to keep trusting in their doctor and avoid moving from the correct route basing the next steps in the best published evidence. A good process, which includes lots of questions and answers, helps patients feel that they (patients and doctor) are working in a correct way to get a pregnancy as soon as possible.
If you have any of the following , it would be good to consult with a reproductive medicine specialist:
- Trying to conceive for more than one year (if you are less than 35 years old) or for more than 6 months (if more than 35)
- Are your menstrual cycles irregular or more than 30 days long?
- Do you have heavy periods?
- Have you had abdominal or pelvic surgery in the past?
- Have you ever been treated for a pelvic infection?
- Have you had two or more spontaneous pregnancy losses?
- Are you >30 years old and not planning to have a baby in the few next years?
- Do you have concerns about your fertility preservation?
- Have you had a sperm count done but not a complete semen analysis?
- Have you ever had a hernia repair or an undescended testicle?
- Have you ever had any sports injury to the groin are?
- Have you had frequent urinary or genital infections?
- Are you taking any prescription medications, and if so, have you asked your doctor about possible impact on sperm production? (pay attention to anabolic drugs, etc)
- Are you exposed to high heat or chemical toxins at your work place?
Feel free to ask! If you ask, you will have less doubts. If you ask, we will be able to help you with some answers. If you ask, we will have a better communication which, for sure, will mean better chances of getting a pregnancy.