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Is it time to see a Dallas Fertility Doctor?
There are approximately 480,000 people in Texas who have infertility. Most infertility experts agree that if you have been having unprotected sexual intercourse for six months (women over 35) to a year (women under 35) without achieving pregnancy you are facing infertility. If you fall into one of those categories, you should move from your obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) to a reproductive endocrinologist, (RE) physicians specializing in infertility. There are about 29 physicians in the Dallas area with infertility expertise.
What is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor is called a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE). Their training includes expertise with hormonal disorders, menstrual irregularity, menopause, sexual dysfunction, and pregnancy and miscarriage. Fertility doctors complete a residency in obstetrics/gynecology, and do an additional 2 to 3 years of training in reproductive endocrinology. When selecting a fertility doctor ask if they are a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. ASRM is the governing body in reproductive medicine and they set standards of excellence for training, education, treatment, and advocacy in this field.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all Reproductive Endocrinologists in the Dallas 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. If you do make an appointment, please tell the doctor we sent you.
Once you’ve chosen a fertility doctor you’d like to see, arrange a consultation. Bring your medical history to the meeting. Prepare questions ahead of time. Be aware of the availability of the doctor. Ask about his/her treatment philosophy. Find out about the doctor’s area of expertise and the fertility clinic success rates.
You will be spending a lot of time with your fertility doctor and their team if you become a patient. It is not unusual to see members of your fertility center team on a daily basis depending on your treatment needs. Patients develop a sense of security and dependence on their infertility doctors because they work with them so closely.
If you become pregnant, you will transition back to your OB/GYN for prenatal care. Some women need time to adjust to seeing an OB/GYN once a month after seeing a fertility doctor so often. Each relationship is unique.