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When to See a Seattle Fertility Doctor
For a women to be diagnosed with infertility, she must have tried without success to conceive for one year if she is under the age of 35 and for six months if she is over the age of 35. Women who do not conceive within those timetables are encouraged to seek the services of a reproductive endocrinologist, known as a fertility doctor.
Infertility is not an uncommon diagnosis. In the state of Washington, over 133,000 people struggle with infertility. Thankfully, there are about 18 fertility doctors serving the six fertility clinics located in the Seattle area.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Fertility doctors are specially trained in disorders of the reproductive system, including hormonal problems, menstrual difficulties, recurrent miscarriage, and infertility. After completing a obstetrics/gynecology residency, they must go through an additional two to three years of specialized training in the reproductive endocrinology field.
Finding a Fertility Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in Seattle. 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
Before you choose a fertility doctor, schedule an appointment to meet personally each doctor you are considering. At your meeting, you should bring your medical history with you, so the doctor can have a background of your particular circumstances. This is also a good time to ask your doctor questions about treatment philosophy, as well as areas of specialization.
When you begin treatment with your fertility doctor, you will often have frequent appointments. However, when you become pregnant and transition back to your OB/GYN, you will begin having less frequent appointments for prenatal care. This may be difficult to adjust to after spending so much time with your fertility doctor. If you have any concerns about your care, it often helpful and settling to discuss them with your doctor.