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Scheduling a Second Opinion with A Fertility Doctor
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” the saying goes. When it comes to fertility treatment, that certainly may be the case. Depending on your infertility diagnosis and age, your treatment might start with the oral fertility drug, Clomid, or assisted reproductive technology such as IVF, or third party reproduction such as donor eggs. If you haven’t conceived after a period of time with a particular treatment – 3 to 6 months on Clomid, or three cycles of IVF, for example - your doctor may recommend a different course of treatment. As a fertility patient, this treatment plan should be collaborative; and while you’re considering your options you may also want to consider a second opinion.
“If there is ever a point where a patient lacks confidence in the doctor’s overall plan or has had an unsuccessful outcome that has not been explained thoroughly, or after three failed IVF cycles at the same clinic, it is best for the patient to seek a second opinion,” says Dr. Shahin Ghadir, Founding Shareholder of Southern California Reproductive Center in Beverly Hills and Southern California.
During a consultation with a fertility doctor for a second opinion, a patient should bring their medical records or send them prior, and expect a complete and objective review in order to determine the right steps for moving forward, Ghadir says. It’s also helpful if you bring any questions you have about your diagnosis, previous testing and treatment.
“I always say that even if you love your doctor, you never know what a fresh pair of eyes can bring to your case,” says Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo, Director of Patient Care at FertilityAuthority. “Another doctor may see something that has been missed or they may make a suggestion that really clicks with you. If nothing else, it may just reaffirm that you're completely satisfied with the doctor you're already seeing.”