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Is It Time to See a Fertility Doctor?
There are more than 250,000 people currently struggling with infertility in the state of Ohio. If a woman has been unable to conceive for six months to one year, she should transfer from her obstetrician/gynecologist to a reproductive endocrinologist (RE), also known as a fertility doctor. There are approximately 54 fertility doctors practicing in the entire state of Ohio. Of that number, five fertility doctors are located directly in Columbus.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
The technical term for a fertility doctor is a reproductive endocrinologist. These specialists treat a variety of disorders, including hormonal disorders, menstrual irregularities, miscarriage, menopause, and sexual dysfunction.
Fertility doctors go through rigorous training before they become reproductive endocrinologists. First, they must complete a residency in obstetrics/gynecology. Following that, they must also finish an additional two to three years of specialized training in reproductive endocrinology. Some fertility doctors are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a governing body in the reproductive medicine field that sets the ethical standards.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all Reproductive Endocrinologists in the Columbus 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.
It is important to arrange for a consultation when you are considering a fertility doctor. Prepare a list of questions beforehand, and observe how the staff treats their patients while you are visiting. Do they take time to answer their patients’ questions? Bring your medical history with you, so when the fertility doctor is talking about potential treatments, he can quickly refer to your unique situation. The interview is also a good time to ask your doctor about his or her treatment philosophy, as well as his or her area of expertise.
When you begin fertility treatments, you may have frequent appointments, and may even need to see your fertility doctor on a daily basis. You may develop a relationship based on trust and security with your fertility doctor and his team because you will be working so closely with them.
However, when you become pregnant, you will transition back to your OB/GYN for prenatal care. With prenatal care, your appointments will be spaced further apart. After their close relationship with their fertility doctors, some women find this transition to monthly appointments difficult. It is important to remember that every doctor-patient relationship is unique, and the doctor is working in your best interests when scheduling your appointments.