Svetha Rao talks to Louis Angelopoulos about what constitutes infertility, common causes and how to approach a couple who presents with infertility.
Summary Writer: Jane McDonnell
Script Writer: Jane McDonnell, Svetha Rao
Editor: Svetha Rao
Interviewee: Louis Angelopoulos
Dr Svetha Rao is a third-year Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainee. She calls Sydney home and is undergoing her basic training through Liverpool hospital. Svetha loves the high risk and high reward aspect of obstetrics.
Aside from catching babies, she enjoys long walks on the beach and working on her down-facing dog.
Dr Louis Angelopoulos is a Staff Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Gosford General Hospital, Central Coast, NSW, Australia. After graduating from medicine in South Africa at Stellenbosch University, Louis commenced his Obstetrics & Gynaecology training in 2003 in the Oxford Deanery of England, working in hospitals in the Thames Valley, completing his Certificate of Completion of Training in 2009. After working in the Royal Berkshire NHS Trust for two years, he moved to Australia. Louis has a strong interest in medical education and speaks both English and Afrikaans.
With Dr Louis Angelopoulos, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Staff Specialist at Gosford Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
There are many causes of infertility so a systematic approach to its investigation is useful. Treatment methods are based on the underlying cause.
Jenny and John are a couple who present to the fertility clinic after 8 months of timed, unprotected intercourse without conceiving. Jenny is 37 years of age and John is 40 years of age. They are anxious that the ‘clock is ticking’. Neither has any live children, nor any significant medical history.
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