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Is It Time to See an Austin Fertility Doctor?
If you have had difficulty trying to conceive, you may wonder when it is time to transition from your OB/GYN to a reproductive endocrinologist, or a fertility doctor. Current guidelines recommend that women under the age of 35 should see a fertility doctor after trying to conceive for one year without success. For women over the age of 35, you should only wait six months before making a fertility doctor appointment.
Along with those guidelines, women who suffer from other conditions may also benefit from seeing a fertility doctor. These conditions include severe endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), blocked fallopian tubes, or abnormalities of the uterus.
Struggling with infertility may seem like an isolating experience, so it may help to know that you are not alone. Throughout the state of Texas, there are nearly 480,000 people with infertility.
In the state of Texas, there are 94 fertility doctors, five of whom are located in Austin.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor is officially called a reproductive endocrinologist. Reproductive endocrinologists have been specially trained to treat disorders of the reproductive system. Along with infertility, these disorders also include menstrual disorders, hormonal imbalances, sexual dysfunction, and repeated miscarriages.
Fertility doctors first earn their medical degree and complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. After their residency, they go on to more specialized training in the field of infertility with a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. These fellowships last between two to three years and give the fertility doctors more experience treating disorders of the reproductive system.
In order to be considered board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, fertility doctors must pass an oral and written examination.
Finding a Fertility Doctor in Austin
FertilityAuthority.com maintains an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in Austin and throughout 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. And if you make an appointment, tell the doctor we sent you.
Before you choose a fertility doctor, you may want to schedule an interview or consultation with the ones you are considering. This is important because it gives you the opportunity to ask the fertility doctors some important questions, such as their areas of specialization, treatment philosophy, and their experience treating women or couples with your particular condition.
So what should you bring with you on this interview? It is important to bring your medical records with you, so the fertility doctor will be able to quickly refer to medical conditions or previous fertility treatments you have tried. Also, you may want to bring a list of questions with you, so won’t forget to ask something you want to know.