As a psychologist, I certainly would not feel that it is within my scope to discuss these in-depth medical details with patients. However, I think the perspective/input of a psychosocial provider may be incredibly helpful in these conversations. I wonder if it would be helpful for psychosocial providers to team up with medical providers during these conversations to allow for more medical questions to be addressed, as well as to have someone present who can help recognize when patients are getting lost or distressed. I’m curious how often oncofertility programs are able to have medical providers team up with psychosocial providers during these discussions.
My experience has been that if the patient decides to proceed with egg retrieval, most reproductive endocrinologists (at least at major institutions) work within a very defined protocol that includes an interview and assessment by a psychosocial provider before proceeding.