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10 Things I Like about My New Ob/Gyn
a blog by Melinda Davis, December 14, 2011
It’s been over two years since I have visited an Ob/Gyn. I know this isn’t good, but after going through so many infertility treatments, being picked, prodded and probed on a daily basis, and after going through so much heartbreak with unsuccessful results, I just couldn’t handle the thought of seeing another doctor.
I was worried she would suggest me going back on the pill, going back through infertility treatments, or thinking she could fix me if I just tried x, y and z. I knew I was vulnerable; in my heart I still want to be a mom, and I was afraid I might second guess everything I went through and have learned throughout the process.
I consider this to be an unexpected side effect of infertility treatments. I went from being able to handle any medical situation with ease to dreading the thought of a doctor’s office. I prepared for my appointment, and researched my doctor online to find one who had heard of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I recounted everything I had been through, prepared a history report to review with the doctor, and hoped for the best.
After much worry and, to be honest, dread, my appointment arrived, and I found myself face-to-face with my new doctor. Thankfully, to my surprise, the appointment went well. So in tribute to Dr. M., and to reassure that not all doctors are bad, I thought I’d list the top 10 things I like about having her as my new Ob/Gyn.
- She was on time, didn’t make me wait and took time to make me comfortable.
- She’s aware and has studied PCOS.
- She took time to listen to my infertility history.
- She acknowledged I had done my research, and was impressed with my understanding of the situation.
- She had a conversation with me about the tests and treatments I had done rather than quickly going through a prepared Q&A list.
- She sincerely apologized and was sympathetic to my situation.
- She gave me her personal work email to send her my medical history, stay in touch with any questions and to provide her with updates.
- She recommended not going back on the Pill to regulate my periods since I have had bad side effects to it.
- She asked about my diet, thyroid, sugar levels, and other things most don’t take into consideration.
- She offered suggestions for moving forward rather than having one set plan with no alternative.