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Is It Time To See An Asheville Fertility Doctor?
Infertility can feel isolating; you may feel as if you are the only one dealing with the struggle. However, there are over 180,000 people dealing with infertility in North Carolina.
If you have struggled to conceive, you may want to transfer from your OB/GYN to a fertility doctor. Women who have tried to conceive for one year without success should make an appointment with a fertility doctor, while women over the age of 35 should wait only six months before making an appointment.
Also, if you have other issues with your reproductive system, seeing a fertility doctor may be important. These conditions include blocked fallopian tubes, recurrent miscarriages, abnormalities of the uterus, or severe endometriosis.
There is one fertility clinic located in Asheville and around five fertility doctors who work in the area.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Fertility doctors are officially referred to as reproductive endocrinologists. These fertility doctors complete additional training that goes beyond their residency in obstetrics/gynecology. After their residency, fertility doctors complete a two-to-three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, where they study disorders of the reproductive system. These include hormonal disorders, recurrent miscarriages, menstrual problems, and sexual dysfunction, as well as infertility.
In order to be considered a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, your fertility doctor also had to pass an oral and written examination.
Finding a Fertility Doctor in Asheville
FertilityAuthority.com maintains an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists the Asheville area. 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. And if you make an appointment, tell the doctor we sent you. For a more personalized search, contact our Patient Care Coordinators who will match you with the perfect doctor for your specific needs.
Arranging a meeting or a consultation with a fertility doctor before you decide on a fertility clinic can be very helpful. Once you have scheduled a meeting, spend some time getting together a list of questions you would like to ask. These may include treatment philosophies or areas of specialization. Also, bring your complete medical history with you to the meeting. This will allow the fertility doctor to speak more specifically about potential treatment options.