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December 15th, 2009, 01:41 PM
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So when if at all did you make the switch to seeing an RE? i have been seeing my regular OB/GYN but i dont feel like he is attentive enough to my struggles TTC. But i have no experience with RE's and dont want to switch doc just bec. i think ill get more personal attention at an RE.
Can you share your RE experience with me?

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December 15th, 2009, 02:01 PM
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My OB/GYN treated me for about a year. During that time I did have a m/c, so for about 3-4 months of that year we weren't ttc. The only thing she really did for me during that year was minor testing and prescribe Clomid. I love my OB and really wanted to stay with her, but felt I would get the help I need with a RE. She also said that an RE might be better for me because they deal with infertilty everyday and she doesn't.

So, I changed doctors and started seeing a RE that my OB recommended. I've been with my RE for about a year now and I'm glad I changed doctors. I finally have a diagnosis, which I didn't have with the OB. And, I've undergone testing and treatments that my OB doesn't do.
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December 15th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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I'd definitely recommend going to an RE if you are having fertility issues. An ob/gyn only receives a surface education on infertility and so you'll benefit from the experience and knowledge of an RE.

However, I don't think you'll get more personal attention with an RE. It really depends on the size of the clinic and the RE. I definitely feel like I have a closer relationship with my Ob/gyn then I have had with my RE, and I've seen my RE much more than I ever saw my ob/gyn. An RE may know more about what to do to treat your infertility, what meds may work best for you, what tests still need to be done, etc., but they may also be treating twice as many people.

Best of luck with whatever you decide!
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December 15th, 2009, 02:37 PM
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I started seeing an OB in January 2007, was pregnant by May 2007, lost my conjoined twins in August 2007, then did several unmonitored rounds of Clomid until June 2008......my first RE appt. was June 1st, 2008.

I've gotten pregnant once under the care of an OB, and once under the care of an RE...both were non viable pregnancies......
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December 15th, 2009, 02:49 PM
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I switched to the RE after the base realized they didn't even know how to lok for my problem and they wasted a year of my time. Plus all the base can do is clomid, but they didn't do any monitoring or anything. I was so happy to switch, but didn't care for my dr at that office.
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December 15th, 2009, 03:15 PM
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I saw an OB/GYN for five months for infertility. I never felt like he knew what he was doing...he was used to dealing with women who were already pregnant! His office staff and nurses were rude and insensitive, and I didn't feel like he was giving my treatment 100% of his attention.

When I switched to an RE, it was like a whole different world. With my RE, I felt like his only goal from the minute I walked into the door was to get me pregnant. He listened, his staff was wonderful, and he constantly reassured me that we'd eventually come up with a plan that would work. I am actually dreading going back to an OB in 3 weeks (not the same one, though).
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December 15th, 2009, 04:20 PM
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ok, so...
Who brings up the issue of changing to an RE? i think i would feel uncomfortable telling my doctor i want to see someone else..
Also, once your pregnant, do you go back to seeing your regular OB/gyn??

thanks for sharing btw!
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December 15th, 2009, 07:24 PM
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Hmmm, it probably depends on your insurance. I never had to talk to my OB/GYN about it, I just called the referral office for my insurance and they did the paperwork for me. My old OB/GYN probably thinks I fell off the face of the earth

Yes, once you are pregnant, you'll go back to seeing an OB/GYN. I'm sure it depends on the RE...mine is releasing me after my 9 week ultrasound.
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