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Is It Time to See a Raleigh Fertility Doctor?
Struggling with infertility can feel like an isolating experience, but it can be comforting to learn that you are not alone. In the state of North Carolina, there are more than 180,000 people facing the same situation.
So if you have struggled to conceive, when should you make the transition to a fertility doctor? Current guidelines recommend that women under the age of 35 should make an appointment with a fertility doctor after one year. Women over the age of 35 should only wait six months before making an appointment with a fertility doctor (reproductive endocrinologist).
Also, if you have other conditions, it may also be a good idea for you to see a fertility doctor. These include polycystic ovarian syndrome, severe endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage, blocked fallopian tubes, or abnormalities of other reproductive organs.
In the Raleigh area, including cities like Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill, there are approximately 16 fertility doctors who are associated with the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Fertility doctors are specially trained to treat the disorders of the reproductive system, including infertility, hormonal disorders, menstrual disorders, recurrent miscarriage and sexual dysfunction.
Fertility doctors are officially known as reproductive endocrinologists (RE). First, fertility doctors complete a residency in obstetrics/gynecology. Following this, they gain more experience in reproductive disorders with a two to three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology.
Some fertility doctors are board certified reproductive endocrinologists. In order to be considered board certified, fertility doctors must pass an oral and written examination.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in Raleigh. 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.
Scheduling a consultation with a fertility doctor at a fertility clinic you are considering can be an important step. This will give you the opportunity to ask the fertility doctor some questions, such as areas of specialization or treatment philosophies, as well as ethics.
To get the most out of your consultation, make sure to bring your medical history with you. This will allow the fertility doctor to refer to your chart to note your history as well as any first-line treatments that may have been recommended by your OB/GYN.