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When to See a San Diego Fertility Doctor
The state of California is home to the largest number of people struggling with infertility in the U.S. Currently, over 775,000 men and women in the state deal with infertility. Fertility issues should be brought to the attention of a fertility specialist if a woman under the age of 35 has been trying to conceive for one year, or if a woman over the age of 35 has been trying to conceive for six months. Women who have been unable to conceive in that timetable should make an appointment with a fertility doctor, called a reproductive endocrinologist.
Women in the San Diego area who are looking for a fertility doctor can choose one of the 10 doctors affiliated with the four fertility clinics located directly in the city, or from one of the 63 fertility clinics located throughout the state.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Fertility doctors undergo specialized training before they can be referred to as reproductive endocrinologists. First, they must complete their residency in obstetrics/gynecology. Following that, they go through an additional two to three years of training in the specialized reproductive endocrinology field. In this specialized training, they learn to manage problems relating to the reproductive system, including hormonal disorders, menstrual problems, miscarriage, and sexual dysfunction, as well as infertility.
Some fertility doctors are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a multidisciplinary organization that sets the ethical standards for education, training, and advocacy in the field of assisted reproductive technology.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in San Diego. 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.
Choosing a fertility doctor is a big decision, and it is important to weigh your options carefully. One way to do this is by arranging a consultation visit at each clinic you are considering so you can personally meet with the fertility doctors and their staff. While you are there, you can observe how the staff treats the patients, and how they answer their questions. Do they seem to take time to answer your questions fully? Try to schedule a meeting with the fertility doctor you are considering, and make sure you bring your medical history with you. This meeting is a good opportunity to ask the fertility doctor about his or her treatment philosophy, as well as to ask questions about her areas of specialization.
When you begin fertility treatments, it is common to have frequent appointments, some even daily. So when you become pregnant, it may seem strange to transition back to less-frequent prenatal care appointments with your OB/GYN. Some women find this difficult, but it is important to recognize that all doctor-patient relationships are unique, and your doctor is scheduling your appointments with your best interests in mind.