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When to See a South Dakota Fertility Doctor
If you have been struggling trying to conceive, you may be wondering if it’s time to transition from your ob/gyn to a fertility doctor. Current recommendations stand that you should see a fertility doctor if you’ve been unable to conceive after trying for one year if you’re under age 35 or after six months if you’re older than 35.
You may feel like you’re alone with your infertility diagnosis, but that’s not the case. In fact, there are over 16,000 people in South Dakota who share the diagnosis.
If you are considering seeing a fertility doctor, there is one fertility clinic located in South Dakota, called Sanford Women’s Health. There are five fertility doctors who work out of this location for the fertility clinic, which also maintains an office in North Dakota as well.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor is specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the reproductive system, including infertility. They can also treat conditions like hormonal irregularities, menstrual problems, or sexual dysfunction.
Fertility doctors—also known as reproductive endocrinologists—undergo specialized training in the field of reproductive endocrinology. After completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, they go through a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, which is another two to three years. Then, they must pass a written exam.
Finding a fertility doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in South Dakota. Type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” or “Find a Clinic” search at the top of the website.