Doctors warn against over-the-counter fertility tests for family planning

There is an interesting story picked up in a few newspapers today about Doctors warning against over the counter fertility tests.  Mr Stuart Lavery, who happens to be my doctor, has said “The concern with over-the-counter tests is that although they are helpful, because they focus the mind on fertility, they can also give false reassurance. If the fallopian tubes are blocked or the partner doesn’t have fabulous sperm, it may be giving you false hope.”

My husband and I bought one of the his and hers tests in August last year.  Both tests said that we were normal and ok.  We had been trying to conceive for 6 months at that point.   I went to the doctor after a couple more months of trying and he sent me for an ultrasound.  It showed that I have polycystic ovaries, a fairly common condition, but one that can affect fertility.   It was quite a blow, but I am glad that we didn’t blindly continue to keep trying without questioning it further.  So I think that Mr. Lavery does have a point with his statement about false hope.

I do wonder with the internet and so many tests available to us that perhaps we a starting to hinder our doctors jobs.  They have the experience and specialist knowledge, yet we are constantly questioning them and suggesting our own diagnosis.  Should we trust that they know what is best and allow them to dictate the treatment? Or should we be more hands on with what we do and put our bodies through.   I for one am happy to leave it in the hands of my doctors… however I will keep checking online just in case 😉

To read the Guardian article click here.


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