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Is It Time to See a San Francisco Fertility Doctor?
At times, you may feel like you and your partner are the only ones who are affected by infertility. However, California is home to the largest number of people struggling with infertility of any state in the United States — more than 775,000 people.
If you have trouble conceiving, it is important to make an appointment with a fertility doctor. Women under 35 who have tried unsuccessfully to conceive after one year should see a fertility doctor, while women over 35 should wait only six months.
In the San Francisco area, there are 10 fertility clinics. That gives you a number of options for finding a fertility doctor to work with.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Your fertility doctor had to complete specialized training before he or she can be considered a reproductive endocrinologist, which is the technical term for a fertility doctor. Fertility doctors complete their OB/GYN residency, but then train an additional two to three years in a reproductive endocrinology fellowship. Additionally, before fertility doctors can become board certified, they must pass an intensive oral and written examination.
Fertility doctors become skilled at diagnosing and treating reproductive disorders like infertility, menstrual disorders, recurrent miscarriages, and sexual dysfunction.
Finding a Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com maintains an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in San Francisco. 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 ten San Francisco-area fertility clinics. Before you choose one to work with, you should make it a point to personally visit each clinic you are considering. This will give you information that goes beyond the published fertility clinic success rates.
Visiting the clinic firsthand will allow you to get a feel of the atmosphere of the clinic and the way in which the staff treats their patients. Observe how the office staff and nurses talk to their patients. Do they answer their questions thoroughly and politely? Would you feel comfortable asking them questions yourself?
A consultation with the fertility doctor you are considering working with will give you a better understanding of the doctor’s treatment philosophy, as well as areas of specialization. Bring your medical history with you, so the doctor can quickly refer to it during your conversation.