BONUS 249: Working with Your Primary Care Physician

March 6, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. John Hallgren, a board-certified Family Physician and fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Dr. Hallgren and Heather discuss engaging your family physician in the early days of your infertility journey:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose a career in medicine?
  • Take us through your career.

PRIMARY CARE & INFERTILITY

  • What is primary care? What are family physicians trained to do?
  • Do primary care physicians play a role in preventing infertility caused by lifestyle factors, STIs, etc.?
  • When should you see your primary care doctor about possible infertility?
  • What information should you have available to share with your doctor as you begin to talk about infertility?
  • What tips do you have about communicating with your doctor about infertility concerns?
  • How can you engage with your doctor when you don’t feel like your concerns are being taken seriously?
  • What kind of fertility workup — for both women and men — can you expect from your primary care doctor?
  • What is the estimated cost of a fertility workup, and are there opportunities to save money?
  • Do primary care physicians treat infertility?
  • At what point should you request a referral to a fertility specialist?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to women who are just starting their infertility journey?

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