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Atlanta Fertility Doctor, Fertility Clinic: How to Find One
Is it time for you to find an Atlanta fertility doctor or see which Atlanta fertility clinic makes you feel most comfortable? It probably is if you are over 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months or more — or under 35 and have been trying for a year or more.
It is likely you can ask your Ob/Gyn or a friend who has had in vitro fertilization (IVF) for a referral to one of Atlanta's four fertility clinics. But it is important to do your own research to find the best fit for you and get you started on your family-building journey.
Yes, all of Atlanta's fertility clinics perform IVF, but IVF is not cookie-cutter. For example, if you are woman with high FSH, you may want to find a fertility clinic that offers donor eggs and has a high success rate in this area. Or, maybe you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). If you do, you may not even need IVF; you may just need a lifestyle modificaiton program and management of ovulation problems with fertility drugs.
A complete fertility work-up by a fertility doctor will give you the information you need about the male and female halves of the baby-making equation. Talk to the fertility doctors about what is included in a fertility work-up. While every fertility clinic has their own testing protocol, typical fertility work-ups include:
- Blood tests to get the woman's levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), antimullerian hormone (AMH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estradiol and progesterone. In addition, an "Androgen Panel" to check levels of free testosterone and dihydroeprandrostone (DHEAS) may be ordered.
- An ultrasound to monitor ovarian follicle development, examine the lining of the uterus, and check the condition of the uterus and ovaries.
- Cervical mucus tests, including a post-coital test (PCT) to see if sperm can penetrate and survive in the cervical mucus, as well as a bacterial screening.
- Examination of a woman's fallopian tubes and uterus with hysterosalpingogram (HSG), sonohysterosalpingogram (SSG) or saline sonogram (SIS).
- A semen analysis, to evaluate male fertility and provide information on sperm count, sperm morphology (shape) and sperm motility (movement).
A fertility doctor may also perform surgical tests, such as laparoscopy in order to detect a condition such as endometriosis. In addition, if the male or female partner is a risk for passing on a genetic disorder, the fertility doctor may order genetic testing to screen for inheritable diseases.
Knowledge is power, and once you have the fertility work-up at an Atlanta fertility clinic, you will be in a better position to take the next step to achieve pregnancy success. To find the best fertility doctor or fertility clinic for you, FertilityAuthority offers the most comprehensive database to introduce you to fertility specialists in Atlanta. Simply click on one of the links below, and it will automatically pull up the providers in your immediate area. Or, just change your zip code or city and it will pull up providers in another area.