Whatever treatment options you choose for fibroid treatment whether surgery, hormone therapy, medications, uterine fibroid natural treatment methods, etc, it is important to first get a doctor you can trust in your corner to help you make a decision on what is best for you. While it is important to do your own research especially into natural treatment methods for fibroid tumors, having someone knowledgeable to discuss the various options is important. Here is some guidance on finding the right doctor for you.
Find a Competent Doctor
Even if your fibroids do not present any problems right now, it is important to find a doctor because you never know what could happen in the future. You do not want to start looking for a doctor when your fibroids are very large or you are suffering excessively from the various symptoms of uterine fibroids such as very heavy bleeding, etc. You may also need to start looking for a doctor if your current gynecologist is just not cutting it.
Good Doctors and Bad Doctors
It would be great to just open the yellow pages, have a friend or family member or other doctor refer a competent and experienced doctor to you and immediately hit it off with doctor and the doctor be the right one for you. Unfortunately this is rare and you need to be prepared to not quit until you find the right doctor for you on your journey to healing from fibroids.
There are good and bad doctors but whether you get a good doctor or bad doctor, it is important for you to take control of your health and not leave it in the hands of another. Some doctors may have their own agendas and not necessarily your best interest. Most doctors even good doctors may not have all information on all treatments currently available for fibroid treatment especially uterine fibroid natural treatment methods so you need to keep this in mind.
Some doctors may even aggressively push you to have surgery especially hysterectomies and barely mention other treatment methods if at all. There are too many women each year having hysterectomies that do not need this procedure when other treatment methods, even other surgeries may have worked better. If a doctor immediately suggests a hysterectomy, you may need to find another doctor.
Steps to Finding a Good Doctor
1. Licensed to Practice?
You need to ensure that the doctor you select is licensed to practice in your state. There are doctors who may be practicing when they are not licensed to practice. In order to be licensed to practice, a doctor must pass a licensing examination in order to be allowed to practice general medicine and surgery by the state board of medical examiners. Contact the state medical board where you live when you select a doctor to meet with from the yellow pages, from referrals, etc.
Click here for a listing of state medical boards.
2. Is he or she Board Certified?
Some doctors have additional training after their initial training to practice medicine. This additional training that can take up to ten years can be board certified. This is an important signal of the doctor’s initiative to continue learning or to be trained in a specific specialty field and gain additional experience.
Not all doctors will be board certified and to determine whether your doctor is board certified or not, visit the American Board of Medical Specialties.
3. Background Check
Perform other background checks on the doctor and some services that may provide you additional background information on a doctor may cost you money but since it is your health, you should be willing to do whatever it takes (within reason) to find the right doctor. These additional services may provide you information on disciplinary actions, sanctions, medical school, residency training, etc. Before paying for additional background information, make sure that this information is not already available for free with various organizations such as the state medical board.
Beyond your doctor being skilled, competent and experienced, you also need to be comfortable with the doctor you choose even when he or she is a good doctor. If you can’t communicate with your doctor, you will need to find another doctor. You need to be comfortable with him or her to ask any questions. The doctor should also be able and willing to communicate all relevant information to you. If you feel that the doctor is holding back or does not seem very knowledgeable, find another doctor.
These are just a few points to consider when selecting a doctor to help you find the right treatment for you for fibroids. Make an effort to find the right doctor for you. Trust your intuition also. There are many treatment methods that may work for you including uterine fibroids natural treatment methods and you need a doctor who is willing to help you find treatments that are in your best interests.