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Is It Time To See an Oklahoma Fertility Doctor?
Women who have had difficulty trying to conceive may wonder when they should make the transition from their OB/GYN to an Oklahoma fertility doctor, a doctor who is specially trained to treat reproductive disorders like infertility. Current guidelines recommend that women under the age of 35 should make an appointment with a fertility doctor after trying to conceive for one year. Women over the age of 35 should only wait six month of trying to conceive before visiting a fertility doctor.
Women with certain conditions like blocked fallopian tubes, multiple miscarriages, abnormalities of the uterus, severe endometriosis, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may also have difficulty trying to conceive. Women with these conditions should also make an appointment with a fertility doctor.
If you have struggled with infertility, you may feel like you are alone. But in reality, infertility is a more common diagnosis than you may think. In Oklahoma, there are more than 73,000 people who share an infertility diagnosis.
There are three fertility clinics in Oklahoma, located in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and 10 fertility doctors in the state who are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Fertility doctors are officially known as reproductive endocrinologists. Fertility doctors are specially trained to treat disorders of the reproductive system, including infertility, hormonal imbalances, recurrent miscarriages, menstrual problems, and sexual dysfunction.
Fertility doctors first earn their medical degree and then complete a residency in obstetrics/gynecology. Following their residency, fertility doctors go on to more specialized training in the field of infertility and reproductive medicine. They complete a two to three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, where they gain more experience treating disorders of the reproductive system.
Some fertility doctors are board certified in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Board certified fertility doctors pass an oral and written examination.
Finding a Fertility Doctor in Oklahoma
FertilityAuthority.com maintains an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists the Oklahoma 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.
Fertility Doctor Consultation
After you decide to see a fertility doctor, you may want to arrange an interview or infertility consultation with a number of fertility doctors. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about the fertility doctor, such as his or her areas of specialization and treatment philosophy. At this time, you can also receive the answers to any questions you may have about the fertility treatment process.
Before you arrive at the interview or infertility consultation, it is important to carry a copy of your medical records with you. This will allow the fertility doctor to talk more specifically about your unique situation and prior fertility treatments you may have had.