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Los Angeles Fertility Doctor: When to See One
There are more than 775,000 people with infertility in California, the largest number in any state in the U.S. You should consider seeing a fertility doctor if are under 35 and failed to get pregnant after one year of trying to conceive, or if you are over 35 and have not gotten pregnant in six months of trying.
Additionally, you may also need to see a fertility doctor if you have conditions like blocked fallopian tubes, previous ectopic pregnancies, a history of three or more miscarriages, moderate or severe endometriosis, or ovulation problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome.
Selecting a Fertility Doctor
Doctors must undergo specialized training before they can be referred to as a fertility doctor, formally known as a reproductive endocrinologist. Reproductive endocrinologists first complete their residency in obstetrics/gynecology. Following that, they complete further training in the reproductive endocrinology field, which gives them the experience treating problems of the reproductive system like infertility, hormonal disorders, miscarriage, menstrual problems, and sexual dysfunction.
Fertility doctors must also complete an oral and written examination. Some fertility doctors may also be members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, an organization which sets the ethics standards for the field.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists AKA fertility doctors in Los Angeles. 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. For a more personalized service at no cost to you, Contact Our Patient Care Coordinators who will connect you with the perfect doctor for your particular needs.
There are many factors that must be taken into consideration when choosing a fertility doctor. Many of your questions can be answered by personally visiting each fertility clinic you are considering. Try to prepare a list of questions beforehand, so you can be sure to get the answers for all of your questions.
At the fertility clinic, observe how the fertility clinic staff interacts with their patients. Is the atmosphere comfortable? Do you the staff answer their patients’ questions fully?
Meeting with your potential fertility doctor can also help you make your choice. Bring your medical records with you, so the doctor can refer to them when talking about potential treatment plans. This is also a good time to inquire about experience, specialties, and philosophy of treatment.
When you are going through certain fertility treatments, you will be meeting with your fertility doctor quite frequently. After you become pregnant, you will transfer back to your OB/GYN, and your prenatal visits will become much less frequent. Some women struggle with this, but it is important to realize your doctors are scheduling your appointments with your best interests in mind.