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Should You See a Fertility Doctor in Central New Jersey?
There are approximately 191,462 people in New Jersey who are experiencing infertility. Most fertility experts agree you may be infertile if you have had unprotected sexual intercourse for six months (women over 35) or 12 months (women under 35) without a pregnancy. If this applies to you, it is recommended you transition from your OB/GYN to a reproductive endocrinologist (RE), or fertility doctor.
Some medical problems require an earlier consultation with a fertility doctor. They include multiple miscarriages, blocked fallopian tubes, moderate or severe endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), irregular menstrual cycles, pelvic infections and male infertility issues like reduced sperm motility. If you are over 38 and trying to get pregnant a fertility specialist has the experience to help.
What is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor, or RE, has specific training including specialties such as hormonal disorders, menopause, sexual dysfunction, miscarriage and pregnancy. They are required to do a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility which is an extra 2 to 3 years beyond OB/GYN training.
When picking a fertility physician find out if they are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. (ASRM) This is a national group of infertility experts who establish best practice standards of treatment, education, training and advocacy.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in the central New Jersey area. Simply type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” or “Find a Clinic” search at the top of every page of the website. If you do make an appointment, please tell the doctor we sent you. For a more personalized search, contact our Patient Care Coordinators who will find the perfect doctor to match your specific needs.
When choosing a doctor make an appointment for a consultation. Bring your medical records. This saves time, gives the doctor valuable information, and avoids unnecessary tests and expenses. You and your partner should prepare written questions prior to your appointment. Ask about your doctor’s treatment philosophy, specialty areas and experience working with patients with your diagnosis.
You should feel your doctor is completely attentive. You will be seeing your fertility doctor and clinic staff often doing the course of your infertility treatment. Some patients are surprised by the feelings of dependence and safety that evolve while working with their fertility treatment team.
If you do get pregnant, you will be returning to your OB/GYN physician. Sometimes this transition causes anxiety because the frequency of your visits is decreased compared to the time spent with your fertility team. Discuss this with your OB/GYN if this happens to you.