When should I seek a second opinion?
Having a baby is your top priority, so if you’re not getting the result you want, why keep doing the same thing? Put more fully, if you feel that your Fertility Specialist and Clinic are not investigating your infertility comprehensively or offering treatment alternatives to increase your chance of success then you’re well within your rights to seek a new assessment of your situation.
Repeated failure at one clinic doesn’t necessarily mean that you have no chance of having a baby. There is a difference between the fertility technologies and the approaches to treatment used in IVF labs in Australia and therefore there’s a difference in your chance of success at each clinic. It could be that Genea’s personalised treatment combined with our world leading technology is the final piece of your puzzle.
Deciding to seek a second opinion about your fertility treatment does not mean you are being difficult or that you’re in denial about your diagnosis. What it actually shows is that you are engaged and empowered and you’re taking an active role in your health care.
You might be wondering, but won’t my Fertility Specialist be offended if I go to another IVF clinic? Short answer, No. Many experienced doctors expect and encourage patients to seek a second opinion if treatment isn’t working.
Other signs that it’s time to seek a second opinion include:
- Multiple cycles of IVF using the same treatment plan with no improvement in outcome such as number of eggs collected or number of viable embryos created.
- Your gut feeling tells you that it’s time or thinking about getting a second opinion is keeping you awake at night.
At Genea, we’re committed to improving treatment outcomes through consistent investment in our world leading science and individualised care. It’s not just a throwaway line for us - it’s something we deeply believe in and, as you’ll find, our staff live and breathe it every single day. We’re committed to helping you achieve success in the least number of cycles possible. So consider whether we might be able to help find the missing piece of your puzzle which leads to a successful outcome.
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Disclaimer: Please note that this is a Genea Group blog and as such information may not be relevant for all clinics. We advise that you consult clinics directly for further information.