- 0Feb 23, '03 by nynurse22I have been working as an RN in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility for 2.5 years and I think its been an amazing experience for me. I was wondering if there were any fertility nurses out there and if there are, how you feel about working in this field of medicine? Why shouldn't we be included in the nursing specialties category?:
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- 0Feb 27, '03 by Nurse RatchedPM's can always be addressed to Brian, adminstrator of the board, who makes decisions in regards to new forums. I'm not sure we've had any fertility nurses actively posting here (which may account for a lack of its own forum) - can you tell us a little about your role and what a "typical" day might be like? Sounds interesting!
- 0Jan 25, '04 by Lifeisabeachi have been an REI RN for the last 3.5 years and love every minute of it and i agree with you NY, i have been searching everywhere for other nurses like me, REI to chat with and such, so many things to discuss. I realize this was posted last year but i hope someone will see this and we can get more fertility nurses or a forum going for Reproductive endocrinology infertility nurses because they no longer have certification for REI nurses, so i think just a little something would help to have others in the field just to talk to
- 0Jan 25, '04 by GompersNot a fertility RN, but I had a question for those who are. I have PCOS, but at this point in time I am not looking to concieve. I just want treatment for my symptoms. My family practitioner is following me (I just started Glucophage) but I think I want to see a specialist. Would a reproductive endocrinologist see me even if I'm not seeking fertility help right now? I'm planning on trying for kids in a few years and would like my PCOS to be more controlled by then.
- 0Jan 25, '04 by nynurse22Many women of all ages and backrounds have PCOS. As a fertliliy nurse we commonly encounter patients who come in for consults regarding treatment for PCOS and they may or may not wish to conceive. You should definitely see a Reproductive Endocrinologist for further testing and confirmation of that diagnosis. Good Luck. If you are in NY and need a referral, feel free to ask. All the Best....
- 0Jan 26, '04 by GompersThanks for the support! I go back to see my regular doc next month for a check-up, but I'll also make an appointment with my hospital's REI. I did think it was a good idea to be working with one BEFORE the time came to think about kids. The only worry I have is that my hospital is Catholic and I'm afraid the REI won't approve of my being on birth control for PCOS...
- 0Jan 27, '04 by LifeisabeachNot everyone who has pco has to go on birth control, hopefully that wont be you, i have seen cases where the woman has to be on both birth control and metformin at the same time due to the testosterone levels being elevated, but not everyone has to go on them. besides, its for a medical condition however, i am not catholic, so im not too too familiar with the beliefs.
- 0Jan 27, '04 by GompersI do understand that not all women with PCOS are on birth control, but it does help and I also want to be on it for protection. But originally it was prescribed for the PCOS, and the particular type I'm on right now is pretty expensive and they have me on that one because of the continuous hormone release. As far as the Catholic hospital thing, would you believe that my insurance doesn't cover birth control, even if you have a physician note sent to the insurance company stating it's for medical use? So I'm not even counting on them prescribing it.
That's one of my beefs with Catholicism. The belief is that birth control is wrong because of certain statements in the Bible. As a result, I have to pay $40 a month for my prescription when I have wonderful insurance otherwise. You don't have to be Catholic to work at a Catholic hospital, so what right does the hospital have to tell the insurance company not to provide their employees with birth control prescription reimbursment?