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Is it Time to See a Fertility Doctor in Northern New Jersey?
There are approximately 191,462 people in New Jersey who are experiencing infertility. Most fertility experts say you may be infertile if you have had unprotected sexual intercourse for six months (women over 35) or 12 months (women under 35) without becoming pregnant. If you experience this, consider transitioning from your OB/GYN to a reproductive endocrinologist, (RE), or fertility doctor. There are approximately 31 doctors in northern New Jersey specializing in infertility.
Some medical problems may need a more immediate consultation with a fertility doctor. They include blocked fallopian tubes, multiple miscarriages, moderate or severe endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),irregular cycles, pelvic infections, male infertility issues like reduced sperm count. If you are over 38 and trying to get pregnant an RE is a good place to start.
What is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor, or RE, has specialized training which includes a focus on hormonal disorders, menopause, sexual dysfunction, miscarriage and pregnancy. They must complete a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility which is an extra 2 to 3 years beyond OB/GYN training.
When selecting a fertility doctor, ask if they are a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. (ASRM) This is the lead group of experts in infertility and set best practice standards for treatment, education, training and advocacy.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
Fertilityauthority.com has an extensive database of all Reproductive Endocrinologists in the northern New Jersey area. Simply type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” or “Find a Clinic” search at the top of every page of the website. If you do make an appointment, please tell the doctor we sent you.
When you select a doctor, arrange an appointment. Bring your medical records. This saves time, gives the doctor valuable information, and avoids unnecessary tests and expenses. Talk to your partner and write down questions ahead of time. Discuss the doctor’s treatment philosophy, area of expertise, and experience working with patients with your diagnosis and treatment.
Be aware of the doctor’s attentiveness and availability. You will be seeing you fertility doctor and clinic staff frequently doing your treatment if you are a patient. Some patients are surprised by the sense of dependence and security they develop while working with their fertility treatment team.
If you get pregnant, you will return to your OB/GYN doctor. For some women this transition causes anxiety because the frequency of you visits is reduced compared to time spent with your fertility team. Discuss this with your OB/GYN if it occurs.