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When to See a Miami Fertility Doctor
There are approximately 319,200 people with infertility in Florida*. If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for one year, or over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for months, you should transition from your OB/GYN to a fertility doctor in Miami– also known as a reproductive endocrinologist.
There are some conditions that warrant immediate referral to a fertility doctor. These include blocked fallopian tubes, previous ectopic pregnancies, a history of three ore more miscarriages, moderate or severe endometriosis, and ovulation problems, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) that has been treated with Clomid for three months without conception.
Women who also have a history of pelvic infections, or who have abnormal ovarian reserve tests, could benefit from an immediate referral to a fertility doctor. Additionally, any individual or couple who is considering an assisted reproductive technology procedure, such as IVF, should see a fertility doctor.
Find a Fertility Doctor in Miami and South Florida
There are 11 fertility clinics located in the Miami and South Florida area, and 11 fertility doctors in Miami alone who practice in those clinics. Visit the find a doctor search on FertilityAuthority.com to find a fertility doctor in Miami or South Florida.
Choosing a Fertility Doctor
One of the most important steps in choosing a fertility doctor is to be sure your doctor is a fertility specialist. Ask your doctor if he or she completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. This fellowship adds an additional two to three years on top of their OB/GYN residency, and trains them in the specific issues and treatments related to infertility.
Before choosing a fertility doctor, you should research his or her clinic thoroughly. A good way to do this is to visit the clinic, so you can gauge the environment, and the interactions between staff and patients. A dismissive or curt staff should raise a warning, since receiving answers to questions after you become a patient is a priority. You should look for a fertility doctor who creates a comfortable environment, to make your fertility treatments as stress-free as possible.
Another good way to research your doctor is to request a meeting or consultation. There, you will receive answers on topics like payment plans, fees, and insurance coverage. It is also helpful to ask about other benefits, such as a nurse-staffed on-call line to answer questions, as well as days in which procedures occur.
When selecting a fertility doctor, you should also ask whether you will be treated by just that one doctor, or if you will be seen by others in the practice.
*Source: RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association