Who to See When You Can’t Conceive

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If you’re having trouble getting pregnant or are concerned about your fertility, your own Ob/Gyn may want to help you with the basic diagnosis and treatment of infertility. However, if you have been trying to conceive for one year and you still are not pregnant, it’s best to see a reproductive endocrinologist (RE), a fertility specialist who can provide you with a range of options, cutting-edge therapies, and direct access to services through the office or center that will be needed throughout treatment.

You may feel uncomfortable or disloyal about asking for a second opinion or a referral, but your doctor will appreciate your desire to work with a physician who has additional training and education in reproductive medicine.

Finding Doctor Right: How to Find a Reproductive Endocrinologist

When looking for a RE, try to find one practicing at a comprehensive fertility clinic that offers assisted reproductive technology. The clinic you choose should be a member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), which holds its members accountable to strict guidelines for data collecting and reporting, resulting in information that is accurate and understandable.

Please be sure to refer to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for more information about finding a certified RE near you. In addition, you can compare U.S. fertility clinic success rates.Fertility clinics  can also help you find a referral.

Take the Next Step

You probably feel overwhelmed by the prospect of undergoing treatment for infertility. The procedures, medications and even the tests appear daunting.  No question, making an appointment with a fertility specialist is a big step.  But it is the first step toward reaching your heart’s desire–a baby.

When it’s time for treatment, there are things you can do to make your journey more productive and even more pleasant.

  • Learn all you can about infertility testing and treatment.
  • Join the IVF Authority clinic directory  and find out more about the available resources.
  • Participate on online chats, message boards and sign up to receive their newsletter.
  • Speak with your doctor about support services offered at IVF centers.  Many centers offer support groups and access to mental health professionals to help you on your journey.
  • Share your feelings with people who understand.

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