What shall I do if my GP is not keen on complementary therapies pregnancy?
I feel GPs need to be more open to the evidence available. I still come across many GPs and hospital consultants who are very sceptical of the benefits of complementary and alternative therapies, in any shape or form. As far as they are concerned, Western medicine offers the only answers to health problems. It is therefore hard when a woman believes in and wants to try a particular treatment and goes to see her doctor, to be met only by negativity, simply because there is no significant trial-based scientific evidence to support the alleged benefits of the treatment. The woman, who wants to be proactive in her attempt to improve her chances of conception, leaves demoralized because she does not have the support of her GP or specialist.
If this happens to you, my advice is to inform yourself as much as possible about the therapy you are proposing to begin, so that you find out if there is evidence of its benefits. There is increasing evidence to show that some ” but not all – complementary and alternative medicines can help with fertility and other areas of health, and this is crucial when you are trying to decide which therapy to try. You might even find that, as a result of your research, your doctor becomes more supportive of your combined approach to your healthcare. Remember, I see things from both sides and very often GPs do come across therapists who talk a great deal of psychobabble with little demonstrable effect.