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When to See an Atlanta Fertility Doctor
If you are struggling with infertility in Atlanta, you are not alone. There are approximately 200,000 people in the Georgia dealing with infertility. Georgia is home to nine fertility clinics, four of which are located in Atlanta. There are more than 20 fertility doctors affiliated with these clinics in Atlanta.
It is recommended that you make an appointment with a fertility doctor if you are under 35 and have been trying without success to conceive for one year. If you are over 35, you should see a fertility doctor if you have not conceived in six months.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor goes by the technical term of reproductive endocrinologist. Doctors are considered reproductive endocrinologists when they have completed specialized training. After completing a residency in obstetrics/gynecology, your fertility doctor also trained for an addition two to three years in the reproductive endocrinology field. This training included focus on reproductive disorders like infertility, menstrual disorders, miscarriage, and sexual dysfunction.
In order to become a board certified fertility doctor, your doctor must also have completed a written and oral examination. You can also check to see if your fertility doctor is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a multidisciplinary organization that sets ethical standards for the field.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in Atlanta. 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, contact our Patient Care Coordinators who will match you with the perfect doctor for your specific needs.
Interview Your Fertility Doctor
Before making a decision about your fertility doctor, it is a good idea to schedule a consultation with doctors from the clinics you are considering. In your meeting, bring your medical history with you, so the doctor would be able to talk about potential treatment options. Prepare a list of questions beforehand, so you are sure to get the information you wanted. Questions to ask include those about treatment philosophy, specialization, and experience.
It is important to note that there are differences in treatment with a fertility doctor than with your normal Ob/Gyn. You will likely have frequent appointments with your fertility doctor. This may be a hard transition after going back to your Ob/Gyn for prenatal care, where appointments are much less frequent. However, it is important to realize that your doctors are working with your best interests in mind.