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What Is a Fertility Doctor?

Fertility doctors study Reproductive endocrinology and Infertility (REI), a branch of medicine that identifies and treats infertility in both men and women.

Even though a physician spends more than seven years in medical school, internship and residency, he or she will receive just a few weeks of training in infertility. This is why it is important for couples who have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for a year or more (if the woman is under 35) or six months or more (if the woman is over 35) should seek out a fertility doctor, also called a reproductive endocrinologist (RE).

After a physician completes medical school, internship, and residency programs, those wishing to become reproductive endocrinologists must attend a two-to-three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, pass a written exam, have a two-year practice experience in reproductive endocrinology, and then pass a three-hour oral exam.

In the United States, there are about 500 reproductive endocrinologists. Another 800 or so physicians in the United States are called “board eligible in reproductive endocrinology.” These physicians have completed all of the training to become REs, except for the oral exams.

To find a fertility doctor in your area, contact our Patient Care Coordinators by calling 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or contact a fertility clinic by filling out a Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form.

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My husband and I have been trying to conceive for a year and a half. We got pregnant after 10 months of trying and had a miscarriage. Its now been another 6 months since our miscarriage and we are not pregnant. Is it to early to see a specialist?

Hi Justine,

If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for one year, it may be time to consult a fertility doctor. If you are over the age of 35 and trying for 6 months, you should consult a fertility doctor. I would suggest scheduling a consultation so you can start getting some answers and information. Please feel free to email me at Jenna@fertilityauthority.com and I would be happy to assist you in finding the right doctor.

Hoping to hear from you,
Jenna

Hi, We are trying to get pregnant from past 1.5 years with no success.just came to know that my husband's sperm count and motility is low. Can someone tell that getting pregnant through IVF is safe for baby and will the baby be healthy.I am 29 years old and my husband is 31 years.will the genes of our both will be there in baby as I am perfect in health only problem is low sperm count and poor motility.

Hi Rohini,

IVF is safe for you and the baby. You should consult a fertility doctor with your concerns.

Best,
Kim

I been trying to get pregrant for the pass 8 months is there any thing I can take to get pregrant

April,

Have you been tracking your ovulation? It is recommended that you actively try to conceive for 12 months while tracking your ovulation before seeking help from a fertility specialist. Also, have you used ovulation prediction kits? If not, they are available at your local drug store and tell you the best two days to have sex in order to conceive.

I would recommend visiting with your OB/GYN as well.

Best of Luck,
Jenna

10 yrs since I got married I m trying to have a baby.docotor told me my 1 tube is block so he done laser operation to open it then untile now I did not get pregnant. N my husband count was low.so we can try a IVF to get pregnant. Thanks

If you are looking for a doctor for an IVF consultation, please call our Patient Care Advocates at 855-955-2229 or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com. Best, Claire

If your periods are irregular, a fertility workup can help determine what the issues are, and help correct them. If you need help finding a fertility doctor, our Patient Care Advocates can help. Call us toll-free at 855-955-2229 or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com.

I been trying to conceive for 5 years now and still no look I'm 24 and me and my fiancé really want a baby I rarely have periods like 1 every 5 months if so could I still get pregnant

Hi i have a pcos i was on provera and 100m clomid for 3 cycles only one out of 3 worked and ovulated is there any other way that i can pregnant with my fallobian tubes are ok but im not getting periods regulary

Some women with PCOS who don't have success with clomid do have success with additional drug treatment. If you are not seeing a reproductive endocrinologist - a fertility doctor - you should be. If you'd like help finding a doctor in your area who has experience with PCOS patients our Patient Care Advocates can help. Call us toll-free at 855-955-2229 or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com. Best, Claire

I HAVE MENSTURAL PROBLEMS IS THERE A WAY I CAN STILL GET PREGNANT WITH YOUR HELP OR HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF IT FIRST

Hi - Many women do conceive with the help of a fertility doctor. If your periods are irregular, a fertility workup can help determine what the issues are, and help correct them. If you need help finding a fertility doctor, our Patient Care Advocates can help. Call us toll-free at 855-955-2229 or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com.

Hi - Many women do conceive with the help of a fertility doctor. If your periods are irregular, a fertility workup can help determine what the issues are, and help correct them. If you need help finding a fertility doctor, our Patient Care Advocates can help. Call us toll-free at 855-955-2229 or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com.

My boyfriend wants to have children, but I am in menopause. What are our options? First, I indicated he should get tested to be sure he can get someone pregnant. What is this test called. Second, he wants his DNA. So what are our options? Surrogate? How foes that work since I do not have any eggs left?

Hi there, Your boyfriend could have a semen analysis to check the quality and quantity of his sperm. You could also use an egg donor and possibly even carry the pregnancy yourself if you so desire. The best bet is to consult a fertility doctor. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com for more information. Best, Kim

I was wondering is there is a way for my fiancé and I to conceive with the child being apart of us both genetically and how would we go about doing so?

Hi Courtney, At this time, the only possibility is reciprocal IVF where (for example) your eggs could be retrieved and fertilized, then the embryo(s) would be transferred into your partner's uterus. There is not currently a way to combine the DNA of both partners, though there are some clinical trials in the UK regarding 3 parent IVF which helps eliminate genetic disease. Best, Kim

Is there someone near the Rock Hill/ Charlotte area you can refer me to?

Hi Courtney, Absolutely! Give me a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com and I will gladly assist! Kim

Me and my fiance trying to get pregnant 1 year but isn't working so,we should see a fertility Doctor BOTH ARE over 36 old?

Hi Feve, Current medical guidelines say that if you are over the age of 35 and trying to conceive for six months, or under the age of 35 and trying for one year, that it is time to see a fertility doctor. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com and we can help you connect with a fertility doctor near you! Best, Kim

My fiance and I are trying to conceive, but in Dec 2011 I had my right ovary removed, each time we try I still get my cycle. Am I no longer fertile to have a baby? Is my fiance fertile? What doctor is any could help me answer these questions??

Hi Karissa, As long as you have your left ovary, you could still conceive using your own eggs. You and your fiance should have a fertility workup. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com and we will help you connect with a fertility doctor near you! Best, Kim

I had an ultrasound done and the dr told me I might not be able to conceive because my eggs are dead or poisoned from my fallopian tube has scar damage or something like that and told me to see a fertility specialist to see if there was any other posible way to get pregnant without surgery.

Hi Michelle, I am so sorry you are going through this. It would be in your best interest to work with a fertility doctor. You may not need surgery, but if you have egg quality and fallopian tube issues, IVF may be the best option for you to conceive. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) and we will help you connect with a fertility doctor in your area. Best, Kim

im trying to find more info on reproductive endocrinology where can i look? i plan to study it in college.

I got pregnant twice and both did not continue. My doctor declared that both were blighted ovum case. To avoid such from happening again on my third pregnancy, should i see a fertility doctor? Thanks .

I am a former fertility patient myself and if I was in this situation, I would definitely work with a fertility doctor. You shouldn't have to suffer the emotional torture any longer! Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) and we will gladly help you connect with a trusted fertility doctor! Kim

I have a poly 8ml. 1cm. I need remove before IFV? Thanks!!

My boyfriend and I have been trying to start a family for a year now and it's not working. I don't know if it is him or if I'm not able to have babies. What should I do?

Hi Destiny,

If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for one year, it may be time to consult a fertility doctor. If you are over the age of 35 and trying for 6 months, you should consult a fertility doctor. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) and we will help you connect with a fertility doctor in your area.

Best,
Kim

i have been trying to have a baby for 8 mouths now and where can i get them daily shots to get pregnant ...

I have been trying to conceive for over a year now but nothing seems to be happening what do you thiink my next step should be and I am in my late 20s?

Hi - If you've been trying to conceive for over a year, you really should see a fertility doctor - also known as a reproductive endocrinologist. There's a find a doctor search on every page of FertilityAuthority - you can search by zip code or city. I would suggest scheduling a consultation so you can start getting some answers and information.

Best,
Claire

i dont know if my tubs are tied or not i had a cection and i told the doctor not to tie my tubs iam scared he did

i want to get pregnant but my tubes have been removed. can i get pregnant any other way.

It is possible, we can help. Even if you are not from the Houston area we can provide you with services. Please call the office and schedule an onsite or phone conference with the best in the business, Dr Sonja Kristiansen, "Where women specialize in the fertility care of women".

Thanks so much for the question. IVF does offer a way for some women without fallopian tubes to get pregnant. An embryo (made up of your egg or a donor egg, and your partner's or donor sperm) is inserted directly into the uterus. You should see a fertility doctor - a reproductive endocrinologist - to determine if this treatment is right for you. We offer a Find A Doctor search on the top right of every page at FertilityAuthority - simply enter your zip code. I encourage you to see a fertility doctor as soon as you can, only s/he can accurately assess and treat your situation.

I wish you all the best,
Claire

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