Ever wonder what’s the difference between ob/gyn and fertility docs? Women find it so awful to go to fertility doctors but they really do specialize in different things. The OB/GYN’s main, and I mean “MAIN” client is pregnant women. Therefore, other than your normal pap smear (which takes months to schedule sometimes), you really shouldn’t be asking them that much about fertility and how to get pregnant (if that’s your goal). Their only option is sometime surgery.
My experience with my problem is that I have two large cysts on my ovaries. One on my left and one on my right. Left one is 3.8cm and right one is 5cm. The first time I went to do my ultrasound the ob said it may be a hemmoraghic cyst (a cyst with just blood inside, nothing dangerous and should go away in a few cycles. We decided to schedule another visit the month after. I was determined at age 29, I’m perfectly fine and fertile so I waited that month and then went for another ultrasound. This time, he did a sonohystogram on me (more on that in another post of my experience). Nope, cysts didn’t shrink or go away. Doctor says, we need to do laparoscopy on you and take the cyst out. That’s all he said. I asked to wait one more month to see if it’ll go away. He said okay.
I researched online and there were tons of information on cysts and so forth. The most important being that when hemmoraghic cysts stay for more a few months, they look like endometriomas. It’s extremely hard to tell the difference! So why the hell did he want to open me up? I hate surgeries. Then research shows that by removing cysts during procedures, you essentially damage a part of your ovaries and you may not respond to fertility drugs as well, etc. So I could be worse off in having children if I have this surgery. Why did the ob not tell me this? Main reason: their clients are the pregnant women! Not women who need help in getting pregnant.
He didnt: test my blood, test my hormone level, do an mri, etc.
Then how did he come up with surgery as a solution? Doesn’t make sense. I also don’t like that fact that I cannot call these doctors directly. I always have to have the receptionist leave a message for the doctor and then wait for the doctor to call me back. If I miss his call, too bad.
Ok, now for fertility clinics. They are “wonderful” in finding out everything and I mean everything about you before coming to any conclusions. It may not be my cysts being the problem of not getting pregnant. Fertility clinics test “everything”… ultrasound before period, after period, before ovulation, after ovulation, semen analysis of husbands, blood tests for both women and men, etc. You name it, they’ll do it.
So I’m still in the process of this whole thing. My first visit to a fertility clinic was the most inspiring thing. They gave me a new hope or something of that sort. My ob’s made me feel like a disease as with fertility clinics, they fix you.