What do you think of regular doctors prescribing fertility meds?
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|Thu, 12-05-2013 - 5:40pm|
There were articles out earlier in the week talking about the concern REs have over the increase in multiple births in women undergoing ART. They are attributing it more to other methods versus IVF treatments:
Women hoping to conceive are often prescribed ovulation-inducing medications, or undergo insemination, having sperm placed directly into their uterus. And unlike IVF, where doctors can control the number of embryos transferred into the woman, there are fewer ways to control, for example, whether an ovulatory drug such as Clomid will result in multiple births. Often, women are prescribed fertility treatments by doctors who do not necessarily specialize in reproductive endocrinology, meaning patients may be unaware of the risks, Adashi said.
"There are about 50,000 providers of women's health services in the U.S., all of whom are in a position to offer non-IVF technologies," he explained. "In the long run, it takes education, education, education for new insights to diffuse to the entire medical community."
Do you think that doctors do enough to monitor and inform their patients when they prescribe medications such as Clomid?