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Do you want more information from your doctor?
Patients want doctors to give them more information about the tests they go through and what happens during their cycle of fertility treatment, according to a survey carried out by ivfworld.com.
In the case of ivf and icsi, many patients want to know the exact number and size of the follicles growing inside each of their ovaries each time they are scanned. Patients also want to know the precise number of follicles that are extracted from their right ovary and from their left ovary during an egg collection. And they want doctors to account for what happens to each of these follicles.
However, some doctors are withholding details of exactly how many and what size a patient's follicles are when a patient goes for a scan. If a patient makes complaints about the latter, doctors and scanners can react negatively, leaving the patient afraid to pursue their desire for this information. After complaints and insisting on being given the details, some doctors and scanners may provide them with extreme reluctance, making the patient feel wrong for asking and leaving the patient fearful that this situation could negatively impact their treatment.
More worryingly, some doctors are withholding details of what happens to each follicle in each ovary when a patient goes through an egg retrieval. They are also failing to record the precise details in writing in some cases.
Lack of information on these and other issues related to fertility treatment can cause patients a significant amount of distress. In some countries, it is possible for a fertility doctor to gloss over mistakes he or she may have made by failing to give a patient adequate information. Click here to tell us your views on this subject or contact us through the 'You Tell Us' link on www.ivfworld.com.
Do you think more information should be made available to patients? Do you want doctors to account for each and every follicle extracted from you during an egg collection and for them to be required to record in writing how each follicle is extracted.
Do you want doctors to give you more information about your scans and egg transfer as well? Tell us whether you think this is important and about your experiences.
Issues you may be considering
* Should the doctor or person giving you a scan tell you how many follicles you have when you go for a scan or give you a print out of the information straight away as a matter of routine? What is your experience to date?
* Should doctors report in writing how many follicles were extracted from the left ovary and the right ovary and what happened to each of the follicles so that each one is accounted for? Would such a procedure help patients resolve their feelings when they have, for example twelve follicles, but the doctor ends up with only two eggs? What are the problems with this at present? Tell us your experiences to date?
* Should the doctor give each patient a photocopy of the outcome of each scan and a photocopy of the Egg Collection report and copy of a full sperm report? What is your experience to date? Click here to tell us what you think.
* Should doctors tell you who performed each of your procedures, for example a hysteroscopy or laparoscopy, whether there was anyone assisting and be obliged to do so in the form of a photocopy of the operating theatre report made at the time that records this and other details?
* Should doctors tell you what drugs they want you to take at least three weeks before the treatment starts, so you have an opportunity to purchase them elsewhere if you want which may prove to be cheaper?
* Should doctors give you at least three weeks notice about what tests you will need to do in case you want to do them elsewhere which may be cheaper? What is your experience to date?
* Should it be compulsory for the doctor to give everyone a copy of the complaints procedure at your first appointment? What is your experience to date?
* Should the laboratories be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that patientís extra eggs or embryos are not being experimented on without their permission?
* You are welcome to comment on any other issues you want to. Whether it is about ivf, icsi, iui, gift, zift, egg, sperm or embryo donation, or anything else related to fertility, we want to hear from you.
Click here to post your views or click on the 'You Tell Us' link.