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When to See a Long Island Fertility Doctor
There are over 430,000 people struggling with infertility in New York State. With six fertility clinics in Long Island, you have many options for care in the area. There are approximately 17 fertility doctors associated with the six fertility clinics in Long Island.
If you have difficulty conceiving, you may wonder when you should see a fertility specialist. If you have tried without success to conceive for one year, and are under the age of 35, you should make an appointment with a fertility doctor. Women over the age of 35 should only wait six months before seeing a fertility doctor.
Additionally, if you have other conditions and are trying to conceive, you should also make an appointment with a fertility doctor. These conditions include polycystic ovary syndrome, blocked fallopian tubes, recurrent miscarriage, or severe endometriosis.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor is formally called a reproductive endocrinologist. Fertility doctors are specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the reproductive system, including infertility, menstrual disorders, hormonal disorders, sexual dysfunction, and recurrent miscarriage.
Fertility doctors first complete a residency in obstetrics/gynecology. Following that, they go on to further specialization in the field of reproductive endocrinology, by completing a two to three year fellowship in the field. In order to be board certified, fertility doctors must pass an oral and written examination.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in Long Island. 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.
Arranging a consultation with a fertility doctor can be a way to help you make your decision on who you'll work with. You may find it helpful to bring a list of pre-prepared questions with your meeting. This is a good time to answer your questions about areas of specialization and treatment philosophy.
It is also important to bring your medical history with you to the meeting. This can help the doctor refer to your history and other prior treatments or medications.
It is common to develop a relationship based on trust with your fertility doctor. You may see your fertility doctor frequently, sometimes even once a day.
However, once you become pregnant, you will transition back to your OB/GYN for your prenatal care.