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Infertility Podcast Series: Journey to the Crib: Chapter 5

By David Kreiner, MD

March 12th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Welcome to the Journey to the Crib Podcast.  We will have a blog discussion each week with each chapter.  This podcast covers Chapter Five. You, the listener, are invited to ask questions and make comments.  You can access the podcast here: http://podcast.longislandivf.com/?p=39

Meet the Doctor

A woman’s desire to have children can be colossal, yet many are unable to take that first step to overcoming the impediments to their fertility.  Seeking assistance from a qualified reproductive endocrinologist whose sole focus and practice is on such issues will put affected individuals on the right path to achieving motherhood.

I have now, over my twenty seven years of infertility practice, experienced thousands of first encounters with infertility patients.  I know that those coming to see me have various degrees of past disappointments and frustrations and have suffered depression, anxiety and relationship problems because of it.  This presents quite a challenge to me as the physician encountering a patient in need for the first time.

I have several goals that I strive to achieve in this first visit.  First, and perhaps most important is to get to know my patients and form a bond.  This would assist us as we work through our plan of treatment.  Email is a wonderful way for patients to communicate with their physicians and I encourage patients to ask questions and vent frustrations before they become a problem.

As it may be difficult to hear everything a physician says during this appointment, I recommend that patients bring with them their partner or some supportive individual who can serve as a second set of ears.  Since no patient will retain everything that is said to them, we hand patients a written treatment plan, offer information on our website and blog, and repeat information at subsequent visits.  Again, email is always available for questions.

This first visit is a critical step for a woman to take when she encounters difficulty conceiving.  Choosing the right doctor for you will set you on the right path.  It is essential that you select a fellowship trained Reproductive endocrinologist with whom you can communicate your problems.

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If you’ve gone, what was YOUR first visit to the Reproductive Endocrinologist like? If not, what’s holding you back?

 

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