You carefully choose an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, perhaps weighing credentials, personality or proximity. It’s natural to feel a sense of loyalty to the doctor you’ve developed a rapport with and learned to trust with your most personal health concerns. When you have trouble getting pregnant, however, it’s time to consider partnering with a fertility specialist.
Why choose an RE, Fertility Specialist over an OB/GYN?
Credentials in Infertility
A fertility specialist is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist that has completed two to three additional years of fellowship training to earn the
Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) distinction. This surgical subspecialty challenges doctors with rigorous training and clinical research in male and female infertility.
A fertility specialist’s team offers flexible hours to accommodate fertility treatment cycles. These nurses, embryologists and office staff members
carefully and compassionately treat only fertility patients. The facility they operate in should have an onsite, fully credentialed fertility laboratory.
Time and Advanced Maternal Age
Unfortunately, fertility rates decline as women age. On her 40th birthday, a woman has just a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant on her own.
If you have experienced difficulty getting pregnant, consider seeing a Reproductive Endocrinologist sooner rather than later. Couples who have tried for one year with no success should see a fertility specialist. Women over 35 should seek help after six months.
If you decide to transition to a fertility specialist, or Reproductive Endocrinologist, remember that it is in response to a life crisis. Infertility
is a disease and you deserve to have specialized care to help you overcome it. You can reconnect with your OB/GYN after getting pregnant!