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Is It Time to See a Jacksonville Fertility Doctor?
If you have been diagnosed with infertility, you may feel as if you are alone. However, infertility is more common than you may think. In Florida, there are almost 320,000 people with infertility.
Couples who have been trying to conceive may wonder when they should transition to a fertility doctor. Current guidelines recommend that women under the age of 35 should see a fertility doctor after one year of trying to conceive. Women over the age of 35 should see a fertility doctor after only six months of trying to conceive.
Women with certain conditions should also see a fertility doctor. These conditions include polycystic ovarian syndrome, severe endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage, blocked fallopian tubes, or abnormalities of other reproductive organs.
There are 81 fertility doctors in Florida who are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, including eight Jacksonville fertility doctors.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Fertility doctors are officially referred to as reproductive endocrinologists. Fertility doctors have been specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the reproductive system, including infertility, hormonal disorders, sexual dysfunction, menstrual disorders, and repeated miscarriage.
Before they can be officially called fertility doctors, these reproductive specialists must undergo specialized training in the field of reproductive endocrinology. After completing a residency in obstetrics/gynecology, fertility doctors then complete a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, which can last two to three years.
Fertility doctors are considered board certified if they pass a written an oral exam. Many fertility doctors have dual certifications in obstetrics/gynecology as well as in reproductive endocrinology/infertility.
Finding a Fertility Doctor in Jacksonville
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all fertility doctors in Jacksonville. 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.
There are many Jacksonville fertility doctors to consider, so how can you choose the best fertility doctor for you? Scheduling an initial consultation or a meeting with each fertility doctor you are considering is a helpful step. This will allow you the time to ask the fertility doctor a number of questions, including experience, areas of expertise, and treatment philosophy.
Before you arrive at your fertility doctor consultation, it is helpful to bring a list of questions you would like to ask. This will help make sure you do not forget anything important you would like answered. Also, be sure to bring a copy of your complete medical history with you. This will help the fertility doctor know more about your history with infertility.