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Is It Time to See a Philadelphia Fertility Doctor?
While struggling with infertility can feel like an isolating experience, it is actually more common than you may think. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are nearly 270,000 people with infertility.
So when should you make an appointment with a fertility doctor in Philadelphia if you have been unsuccessful trying to conceive? According to current guidelines, women under the age of 35 should make an appointment with a fertility doctor after one year of trying to conceive. Women over the age of 35 should only wait six months before seeing a fertility doctor.
Women with other conditions that may make trying to conceive more difficult should also make an appointment with a fertility doctor. These conditions include polycystic ovarian syndrome, severe endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage, blocked fallopian tubes, or abnormalities of other reproductive organs.
There are 64 fertility doctors in Pennsylvania who are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, including 16 fertility doctors in Philadelphia.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Fertility doctors are specially trained medical professionals who diagnose and treat disorders of the reproductive system, including infertility, menstrual disorders, hormonal disorders, sexual dysfunction, and recurrent miscarriage.
Officially known as reproductive endocrinologists, fertility doctors undergo specialized training in the study of infertility. First, fertility doctors complete a residency in obstetrics/gynecology. After their residency is completed, they gain more experience in infertility with a two to three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology.
Board certified reproductive endocrinologists must pass an oral and written examination. Many fertility doctors are board certified in both reproductive endocrinology and infertility as well as in obstetrics and gynecology.
Finding a Fertility Doctor in Philadelphia
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in Philadelphia. 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.
Before you commit to a fertility doctor or fertility clinic, scheduling a consultation with a fertility doctor you are considering is an important step. This will give you the opportunity to ask the fertility doctor some questions, including experience, areas of specialization, possible fertility treatment plan, or treatment philosophy.
Before you arrive at your fertility doctor consultation, make sure to bring a copy of your medical history with you, so the doctor can quickly refer to any previous diagnoses or first-line treatments you have already tried. You may also want to bring a list of questions with you so you can be sure you asked everything you were wondering.