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Houston Fertility Doctor: When to See One
In Texas, there are approximately 480,000 people who suffer from infertility. If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for one year without success, or over 35 and trying to conceive for six month, you should switch from your obstetrician/gynecologist to a reproductive endocrinologist (RE), or a fertility doctor. There are six fertility clinics operating in and around Houston, and there are approximately 15 fertility doctors currently practicing in the the area.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
A reproductive endocrinologist, commonly called a fertility doctor, is a trained medical doctor who treats any disorder of the reproductive system. Fertility doctors treat problems such as infertility, hormonal imbalances like PCOS, menstrual problems, menopause, FSH and ovarian reserve issues, sexual dysfunction, and miscarriage.
A reproductive endocrinologist completes vigorous and specialized fertility training. First, s/he will complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. After the residency is completed, he or she will undergo further training, by finishing a two-to-three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, and passing a specialized examination, if board certified.
Finding a Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of fertility doctors in Houston, Texas. Simply type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” or “Find a Clinic” search at the top of every page on the website or use the Find Doctors by State tool to find a Houston area fertility doctor. You can enlist the help of our Patient Care Coordination team to find the fertility doctor that best matches your needs by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me Form.
Interview Fertility Doctors
Choosing a fertility doctor is a big step in your family-building journey, so it is a good idea to take some time to get to know the doctor and the facilities before beginning treatment. Schedule an informational interview, and prepare a list of questions. Important questions to ask include topics like your doctor’s areas of specialization, how many women he treated, his specific treatment philosophy, etc.
When you visit the clinic, be sure to bring your complete medical history with you. When you sit down with the doctor, it will be easier for him to talk with you about the process if he has your specific diagnoses in front of him.
Along with the interview, it is also important to research the success rates for the Houston area including the fertility clinic or hospital in which your fertility doctor practices. You can find a complete list of clinic success rates in the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC).
Depending on your particular course of infertility treatment, you may be spending a lot of time with your fertility doctor and the staff. It is common even to have daily appointments. In this time, a close, secure, and trusting relationship may develop between the patient and the fertility doctor and staff.
However, after you become pregnant, you will switch back to your OB/GYN for prenatal care. At this time, you may transition back to having only one appointment per month. This may require some adjustment, especially after having daily or weekly appointments with your fertility doctor. It is important to recognize that each part of the family-building journey has different needs, and your doctor will be looking out for your best interests.