Choosing a Fertility Doctor

Fertility problems are a major blow to a couple who want to have a family. That is why it is important to have a doctor who understands what you are going through and who can design a treatment plan that is perfectly suited to your specific needs.

Kinds of fertility doctors

To start with, look for a fertility doctor who is a board-certified endocrinologist – a reproductive endocrinologist. Though your current OB/GYN has had years of experience dealing with women’s reproductive problems, caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth, and dealing with fertility issues, experts highly recommend looking for a formally trained specialist who can perform more advanced reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization or IVF.

As of now, there are only about 1,000 board-certified endocrinologist in the US. Reproductive endocrinologists chiefly deal with fertility problems and menstrual function. They went through years of additional training to diagnose and treat infertility in both men an women. They must have at least 2 years of additional clinical experience and of course, pass the written and oral exams.

For men, you should look for an andrologist. An andrologist is a urologist (a physician who specializes in problems of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs) who performs clinical or laboratory evaluations of male fertility. They are usually connected with a treatment center who works with in vitro fertilization.

Finding a fertility specialist

You may ask your current OB/GYN to refer you to a specialist. Ask about the specialist’s track record, his/her qualifications and experience. The more you know about this specialist, the better.

For women over 35, consider going directly to a reproductive endocrinologist. A reproductive endocrinologist can better chart the proper treatment course, especially if a woman has a history of miscarriages, pelvic infection or irregular menstrual cycle, and if a man has a low sperm count.

Do some research

Groups such as the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have searchable databases that list physicians by name, city, or zip code.The Directory of Medical Specialists also have a list of OB/GYNs and their specialty training.

If you have insurance or health plans, check out their websites. These insurance companies and health plans list the name of their doctors along other information such as education and board certification.

Organizations dedicated to infertility such as Resolve, provide referrals to reproductive endocrinologist.

When to find a new doctor

Your fertility doctor is supposed to be you and your spouse’s partner in this endeavor. Therefore if you feel that your doctor lacks the appropriate bedside manner, is dismissive, appears impatient and/or does not answer you questions appropriately, then it is time to find another specialist.

Taking responsibility for yourself

Remember that specialists handle a lot of cases and, though you and your doctor proceed with your treatment sessions smoothly, there will be a few bumps in the road. It is up to you to take responsibility for yourself and make sure you go through the necessary procedures and take the recommended tests.

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