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Is It Time To See a San Antonio Fertility Doctor?
Approximately 480,000 people are currently struggling with infertility in Texas. Women who have been trying to conceive without success for six months to one year should transition from their obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) and make an appointment with a fertility doctor, called a reproductive endocrinologist (RE). There are approximately nine fertility doctors practicing at the six fertility clinics in San Antonio.
What is a Fertility Doctor?
A reproductive endocrinologist, known as a fertility doctor, is a trained medical doctor who specializes in disorders of the reproductive system. Fertility doctors diagnose and treat infertility problems, menstrual problems, hormonal disorders, menopause, miscarriage, and sexual dysfunction.
Reproductive endocrinologists must complete additional rigorous training. After they complete their residency in obstetrics and gynecology, they undergo additional training. These fertility doctors complete a two-to-three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology. In order to be board certified in reproductive endocrinology, they also must pass a specialized exam.
It is also helpful to research whether your fertility doctor is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the governing body of the reproductive field which sets ethical, education, and training standards.
Finding a Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com maintains an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in San Antonio. 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.
After you decided on your fertility doctor, it is helpful to arrange a consultation with him or her to gain a better feel of your new fertility clinic. Make sure to bring your medical history with you, so when your fertility doctor sits down to talk with you, he can have all your information right in front of him.
You will undoubtedly have a number of questions about your doctor and your treatment, so it is a good idea to prepare a list beforehand of the topics you wish to cover. Important questions to consider include your doctor’s treatment philosophy, areas of specialization, and how many women he or she has treated with similar diagnoses to yours.
Researching the success rates of the clinic is also important. A complete list of the success rates for all of the fertility clinics in San Antonio and Texas can be found in the 2007 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report.