OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY (OB/GYN).
If you are 25 or older and have been trying to conceive for over a year or if you are 36 and older and have been trying to conceive for over 6 months. With no luck it might be time to visit a professional. An OB/GYN might be your first call, to check if all is in order down under or alternatively head straight to one of our chosen Fertility Specialists. Your OB/GYN will be vital “before & after….” Once you have been referred to a Fertility Specialist by your OB/GYN it’s time to get started with your Fertility treatments. To find an OB/GYN in your area, download the Health Docs App on Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
SO, WHAT IS OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY (OB/GYN)
Unique profession really. They spend their days looking at vaginas, conducting screenings, delivering babies, and generally doing all they can do to make sure you’re completely healthy below the belt. Combine all that with extremely long hours, overnight hospital shifts and unpredictable patients, and you got yourself a pretty cool dedicated human with a passion for trying to figure out the female body.
It is imperative to track your reproductive journey and have all documents, scans and scripts stored in one place. It would be even more convenient to store all this info on your phone and be able to share with your doctor by just one click
GOODBYE INFERTILITY TEAM… HELLO OB/GYN!
Your OB/GYN may refer you on to a Fertility specialist. If this is the case, it’s not goodbye to your OB/GYN forever. It is just for a short period whilst you are busy figuring things out with your Fertility Specialist. We recommend that you ask your Fertility doctor about CarrierScreen This screening will be able to tell you if you are a carrier for a genetic disorder, which you have a chance of passing on to your children. Once your Fertility Specialist has worked their magic and your Embryos are safely stored at your Fertility Clinic prior to Embryo transfer, we recommend Preimplantation Genetic Testing – Aneuploidies (PGT-A) which is offered as a complement to a patient’s In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment, to improve pregnancy success rates and reduce miscarriages. PGT-A is testing of early stage embryos for chromosomal abnormalities. Once transfer of Embies is done and you have positive results, you will remain with your Specialist for a period of 7-12 weeks and then the transition…
It’s exciting but it can leave you feeling distressed and nervous about what lies ahead.
The consistent connection with your fertility team would have been very reassuring, but understand that there will come a time when you will have to leave your Fertility Team and go back to the safe hands of your OB/GYN.
When a patient conceives through Assisted Reproductive Technology (like, IVF) early diagnosis, appropriate assessment and management of the pregnancy is imperative. However, as your pregnancy advances, frequent monitoring visits will no longer be needed. See this as being positive! It means your pregnancy is proceeding as it should be progressing. Typically, most transitions to your chosen OB/GYN takes place around 7-12 weeks gestation.
It is a good idea to set up your first OB/GYN appointment once you are pregnant and a heartbeat has been detected. Before going to your OB/GYN, make sure you obtain a copy of all your medical records and laboratory results. If and when you fall pregnant, it is advisable to see a Fetal Specialist at 12 weeks. To find a Specialist near you, download the Health Docs App.