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New York (NY) Fertility Doctor: When to See One
Women who have difficulty conceiving may wonder when they should make an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist, commonly referred to as a fertility doctor. Current guidelines recommend that women under the age of 35 should make an appointment with a fertility doctor after trying without success to conceive for one year. Women over the age of 35 should only wait six months.
However, if you have certain reproductive conditions, you may want to see a fertility doctor right away. These conditions include severe endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, a history of miscarriage, or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
If you are struggling to get pregnant, it can be helpful to realize that you are not alone. In fact, there are over 430,000 people with infertility in the state of New York.
New York City has approximately 40 fertility doctors who work out of the 18 fertility clinics in the city and surrounding areas.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor is a specially-trained doctor who has undergone additional training in the field of reproductive endocrinology. Reproductive endocrinologists are trained to diagnosis and treat reproductive disorders like infertility, menstrual disorders, hormonal disorders, miscarriages, or sexual dysfunction.
Fertility doctors first complete their residency in obstetrics/gynecology, and then they complete a two-to-three year fellowship in the field of reproductive endocrinology. Board certified fertility doctors successfully complete an oral and written examination.
Finding a Fertility Doctor in New York City
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in New York City. 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 search, please Contact Our Patient Care Coordinators who will match you with the perfect doctor for your specific needs.
You will be spending a lot of time with your fertility doctor, so it is important to choose a doctor with whom you will feel comfortable. It is a good idea to arrange a meeting with your fertility doctor beforehand.
At your meeting, you will have the opportunity to ask your fertility doctor any questions you may have, so it may be helpful to prepare a list of questions to make sure you don’t forget anything. This is also a good time to ask about your doctor’s area of specialization, as well as his or her treatment philosophy.
During your fertility treatment process, it is common to have frequent appointments with your fertility doctor. With these frequent appointments, it is common for a sense of trust to develop between you and your fertility doctor.
When you conceive, you will be transferred back to your OB/GYN for prenatal care. Prenatal care appointments are generally not as frequent as those for fertility treatments. This may be a difficult transition for you. However, it is important to understand that your doctors are working in your best interest when scheduling your appointments.