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    Speak to a Fertility Institute: Don't Rely on Google

    March 22, 2017 / by Center of Reproductive Medicine   

    Center of Reproductive Medicine


    It is so easy to turn to Google when you have questions. All you have to do is type in a few keywords about the topic and, voila, you have a million answers right there in your living room. Yet, when it comes to your health, it is not necessarily the wisest decision to deduce a diagnosis from the things you find on the internet.

    Even if it is a reputable website, it is way too easy to draw similarities from yourself to certain conditions and make decisions based on speculations that might not even pertain to you. A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine, tested 234 physicians and 23 online symptom checkers -- including the popular WebMD and Mayo Clinic -- on 45 hypothetical patients with their own symptoms and medical history.

    “The physicians were able to correctly diagnose 72% of the patients (mind, that’s 72% without running any tests), while symptom checkers could only get 34% right.” Gathering information from Google may mislead you and subsequently get you headed down the wrong path. Especially when it comes to your health and options for infertility treatment, you want to make sure that you are getting the most accurate information for yourself as possible.

    Go Straight to The Source

    Talking to a specialist is not something to be afraid of. You are not signing up for anything when you go to an initial meeting at a fertility institute. The purpose of the meeting is solely to have a discussion about your concerns and the options that are available to you. If you do decide to get tests done, a fertility specialist can attempt to diagnose and treat any problems you may have related to infertility. Examples of these include:

    • endometriosis
    • issues with ovulation
    • polycystic ovarian syndrome
    • abnormalities in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or uterus

    Before searching all of the possible conditions you may have and convincing yourself that you have no hope, talk to someone who can help you come to a real conclusion and then provide a solution for what is going on with you.

    Initiate Contact

    You may start out by making an appointment with your gynecologist if they are someone you know and trust already. They can then assist you with finding a Houston fertility institute or doctor in the near vicinity that they can provide you with a recommendation for. If you do not have a gynecologist that you frequent, you can make an appointment with a specialist by contacting a trusted institute directly. If you are not ready to make a phone call, send over an email to get the conversation started. Fertility specialists understand that this is a long emotional road and they are there to help you with every step along the way.

    Prepare Yourself

    Before you go into your first consultation with a fertility specialist, figure out what questions you want answered. It will also be helpful if you:

    • can provide the doctor with as much of your health history possible. Bring any record you have that may pertain to anything involving your fertility.
    • bring a calendar in case you want to consider any plans for the future.
    • bring a notebook so you can bring along any questions you have thought of as well as take notes on the answers you receive and the options you discuss.
    • remember that this is all up to you. You are the one setting the pace of, if you decide on any, treatment. You are the one who is in the driver’s seat and it should always feel that way.

    Remember that you should only feel respect, care and trust from the institute that you choose. If your first consultation does not feel right to you, know that there are other options out there and this may just not have been the right place for you. It should be important to them that all of your individual needs and concerns are addressed.

    If you are searching for a Houston Fertility Institute, you can use the internet to explore the actual clinic’s website and read testimonials and the recommendations they provide for new patients. If you are at all compelled, send that first email and start a dialogue. Don't let Google's search results of your hardest questions be your 'end all be all', get some real answers by speaking to a fertility specialist.

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