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When to See an Iowa Fertility Doctor
When you are dealing with infertility, it may feel as if you are alone. However, there are nearly 65,000 people struggling with infertility in the state of Iowa. There are two fertility clinics in Iowa where infertility patients can receive treatment, and approximately three fertility doctors in the area to treat them.
You should make an appointment with a fertility doctor if you are under the age of 35, and have been trying without success to conceive for one year. If you are over the age of 35, you should make an appointment with a fertility doctor after trying to conceive for six months. Women with other conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome, blocked fallopian tubes, recurrent miscarriage, or severe endometriosis should also make an appointment with a fertility doctor if they are trying to conceive.
What is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor is called a reproductive endocrinologist. Fertility doctors are specially trained to treat disorders of the reproductive system, including infertility, recurrent miscarriage, hormone disorders, and sexual dysfunction.
Fertility doctors undergo specialized training. After they complete a residency in OB/GYN, they go through additional training during a two to three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology. But before they can be considered board certified reproductive endocrinologists, they must pass an oral and written examination.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in Iowa. 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.
Scheduling a time to meet with the fertility doctors you are considering is an important step. This will give you time to ask questions, including those about treatment philosophy, experience, and areas of expertise. This may help you determine whether the fertility doctor is a good fit for your situation.
Make sure to bring your complete medical history with you, as well as a list of questions you prepared ahead of time. This will help you ask everything you intended during your meeting.
It is common to have very frequent appointments with your fertility doctor, some even once a day. This makes it easy for a relationship of trust and security to develop between patient and doctor. However, this can make for a difficult transition when you go back to your OB/GYN for prenatal care, since prenatal care appointments are usually less frequent. It can make it easier to realize that appointments are made with your best interest and health in mind.