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  • Writer's pictureSmita Parikh, MD

2018 is your year and I've got the perfect plan for you to reach your goals

If you're like most, when the new year rolls around you probably say "wow that year went by so fast!" But if you've been undergoing fertility treatments or even just trying on your own to get pregnant and it's not happening, the process dramatically slows down time and when those new year's bells ring, it feels like a big slap in the face, that you are still NOT pregnant because an entire year has gone by and nothing has changed.

So what can you do to get out of that funk? Well since everyone is making fresh starts and new years resolutions, you should too. And I promise, this is one that will help bring you closer to your goal of starting a family.

Here's the plan. You are going to activate and engage yourself in your healthcare. Without realizing it, we are often so passive when it comes to taking care of ourselves and making sure we are getting the best care but it doesn't have to be this way. My clients learn that patients that are engaged in their own healthcare are the ones that receive the best outcomes and know that they did everything possible to achieve their goals.

But, what does that even mean? In short, it means changing your mindset from just doing whatever your healthcare provider says to asking WHY? WHY? WHY?

Educate yourself about everything. Remember that old phrase "knowledge is power?" It especially rings true in healthcare.

Understand WHEN you need to seek help (i.e. if you are less than 35 years old and have been trying for a year or 35 or older and have been trying for 6 months, it's time to talk to your primary care doctor or your gynecologist). Find out if there is any testing they can offer you and make sure you understand what those tests are, why they are ordering them, and what the results mean. If they refer you to a fertility specialist, do some research online or ask around if others have had good experiences with that specialist or if there is another specialist that comes highly recommended (you don't always have to go to who your primary care doc or gynecologist recommends). When you meet with that specialist, find out the birth rates for their specific clinic and the details of how their clinic operates. If you undergo a fertility treatment cycle and it fails, WHY did it fail? What did they learn from that cycle and what will they do differently for the next one? The list goes on and on, but what is really comes down to is that you always need to be asking questions and understanding why things are being done a certain way and asking if there are other options at all points during your care.

You should never feel that you are being a burden by asking questions all the time. (And if you do, its time to switch your care). This is your role and right as a patient and physicians and healthcare providers appreciate this kind of relationship with their patients because it will often lead to better outcomes.

Now, if reading through that paragraph was exhausting, it's ok. Take a deep breath because I have got you covered. Perhaps you are too busy right now at work or simply don't have the energy to take this on (even though as a smart woman you know you need to), that is where I can help. Let's talk. Together we can tackle this journey and I will arm you with the specific tools and strategies you need to know to be activated and engaged in your healthcare. You can relax because I will do the heavy lifting for you. Book a complimentary consult today and let's get the ball rolling because 2018 is here and this is your year!

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