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Is It Time to See a Charlotte Fertility Doctor?
If you struggle with infertility, you may feel cut off from your loved ones. You may feel isolated from your family and friends, feeling as if you are going through this infertility experience alone. However, infertility may be more common than you think. According to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, there are over 180,000 people with infertility in North Carolina.
Should You See a Fertility Doctor?
If you are trying to conceive and unable to get pregnant, you may want to make an appointment with a fertility doctor. According to current guidelines, women under the age of 35 should make an appointment with a fertility doctor after trying to conceive for one year. Women over the age of 35 should consider seeing an infertility doctor after six months of trying to conceive.
Additionally, women with other conditions should also make an appointment with a fertility doctor. These conditions include severe endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage, polycystic ovary syndrome, or abnormalities of the reproductive system.
In Charlotte, there are approximately seven fertility doctors who are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, an organization committed to furthering assisted reproductve medicine through research and education.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Reproductive endocrinologists are known as fertility doctors. Fertility doctors undergo specialized and rigorous training allowing them to diagnose and treat disorders of the reproductive system, including infertility, hormonal imbalances, menstrual disorders, sexual dysfunction, and recurrent miscarriages.
Fertility doctors first complete a residency in OB/GYN and go on to more specialized training in the field of reproductive endocrinology through a two to three year fellowship. Fertility doctors can be board certified reproductive endocrinologists by passing an oral and written examination.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all fertility doctors in Charlotte. 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 make a commitment to a fertility doctor, scheduling a consultation can be a helpful step. You probably have a lot of questions and want to learn more about your doctor. Prepare a list of questions before the consultation on topics such as experience, treatment philosophy, and particular areas of specialization.
Also, make sure to bring a copy of your medical records with you. This will allow the fertility doctor to have a greater baseline understanding of your condition, as well as any first-line treatments you may have already tried.