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Should I See a Fertility Doctor?
Fertility doctors, also known as reproductive endocrinologists or REs, focus solely on evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of all types of infertility, allowing them to better manage a wide range of fertility issues.
Couples who may wish to see a fertility doctor include the following.
- Are age 35 or older
- Have a history of pelvic infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, or pelvic pain
- Need treatment for tubal damage or endometriosis
- Had two or more miscarriages
- Have irregular menstrual cycles, ovulate irregularly, and have not responded to clomiphene citrate
- Were exposed to DES, a synthetic estrogen that was prescribed to millions of pregnant women from 1938 until 1971
- Have poor semen analysis, showing low motility, low count, or poor morphology
- Have frequent urinary infections
- Have tried to conceive for longer than one year with no pregnancy (six months for women older than age 35), even though their tests come back “normal”
- Are considering using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF)