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Is it time to See a Fertility Doctor in Southern New Jersey?
There are approximately 191,462 people in New Jersey who are experiencing infertility. Fertility experts usually agree you are “infertile” if you have had unprotected sexual intercourse for six months (women over 35) or 12 months (women under 35) without a pregnancy. If this describes your situation you should move from your OB/GYN to a reproductive endocrinologist, (RE), or fertility doctor. There are approximately 17 physicians in southern New Jersey who are infertility specialists.
Some medical issues can necessitate a sooner consultation with a fertility doctor, also known as a reproductive endocrinologist (RE). These issues include pelvic infections, moderate or severe endometriosis, multiple miscarriages, blocked fallopian tubes, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and male infertility issues like reduced sperm motility. If you are over 38 and trying to get pregnant, the training and experience of a fertility doctor can be invaluable.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor, or RE, has specialized training in diagnosis such as hormonal disorders, menopause, sexual dysfunction, miscarriage and pregnancy. They are required to finish a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility which is an extra 2 to 3 years beyond OB/GYN training.
When choosing a fertility doctor find out if they have membership in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. (ASRM) This national group of infertility experts creates and enforces best practice standards of treatment, education, training, and advocacy.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all Reproductive Endocrinologists in the southern 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 selecting a fertility doctor, set up an initial meeting. Bring all your medical records. This saves time, gives the doctor important information, and avoids unnecessary tests and costs. You and your partner should write down questions prior to your appointment. Ask about your doctor’s treatment philosophy, specialty areas, and experience working with patients with your diagnosis and treatment needs.
You should feel comfortable with your doctor. You will be seeing your doctor and clinical team frequently during your infertility treatment regime. Many patients are surprised by the feelings of dependence that occur while working with their fertility treatment team.
If you do get pregnant, you will be transferred back to your OB/GYN. Sometimes this transfer causes anxiety because you have fewer visits compared to the time spent with your fertility team. If you experience this anxiety, discuss it with your OB/GYN.