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When to see a Kansas City Fertility Doctor
There are approximately 59,770 people experiencing infertility in Kansas and 123,06 in Missouri. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), if you are under the age of 35, have had unprotected sexual intercourse for at least 12 months, and have not gotten pregnant you may be infertile. If you are over 35, this time frame is reduced to six months. When this criteria applies to you, you should transition from your Obstetrician/Gynecologist to a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE). These doctors are fertility specialists.
Other Criteria for Seeking Fertility Doctor
If you have suffered multiple miscarriages, have endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, or have medical problems with your pelvis or ovulation, seek help from a fertility doctor. These specialists also have expertise with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies.
What is a Fertility Doctor?
RE’s have specialized training in areas like menstrual irregularity, hormonal imbalance, menopause, sexual dysfunction, and miscarriage and pregnancy. They attend school to be an OB/GYN plus 2 to 3 years of study focusing on reproductive endocrinology is required. Ask if your RE is a member of ASRM. This Professional organization is the governing body in reproductive medicine. ASRM formulates guidelines and standards of practice regarding training, education, advocacy, and treatment.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
There are about 15 physicians in the Kansas City area who specialize in infertility. Fertilityauthority.com has an extensive database of all Reproductive Endocrinologists in the Kansas City area. Simply type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” of “Find a Clinic” search at the top of every page on the website. And if you do make an appointment, tell the doctor we sent you.
Interview Your Doctor
Meet with your doctor prior to beginning fertility treatment. Bring medical records so your doctor has baseline information. This helps avoid unnecessary tests. Discuss your physician’s treatment philosophy. Find out the doctor’s area of expertise. Ask how many times the doctor has done the type of treatment procedure recommended to you and what are the success rates for women your age. Observe your doctor’s availability and comfort level answering your questions.
During the course of infertility treatment you will meet with your fertility doctor frequently. You may become very dependent on your RE and the fertility clinic staff. If you do become pregnant the transition back to your Ob/Gyn can be difficult as the frequency of your visits diminish. This transition can require some adjustment, but in the long run, it’s your goal to have successful treatment and transition back to the Ob/Gyn office.