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When to See a Tampa Fertility Doctor
There are approximately 320,000 people with infertility in Florida. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected, well-timed sex if a woman in under the age of 35, or six months if she is over the age of 35. Women who suffer from multiple miscarriage are also considered infertile. If you fit the definition of infertility, it is recommended that you transition from your obstetrician/gynecologist to a fertility doctor, called a reproductive endocrinologist. There are four fertility clinics located in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolitan area, which includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. In this area, there are approximately 11 fertility doctors working with fertility clinics or hospitals.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Reproductive endocrinologists, or fertility doctors, undergo rigorous training on top of completing a required residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Following their residency, the fertility doctors will train an additional two to three years in a reproductive endocrinology fellowship. Board certified reproductive endocrinologists must also pass a specialized examination.
Reproductive endocrinologists diagnose and treat disorders related to the reproductive system, including infertility, miscarriage, menstrual problems, menopause, hormonal disorders, and sexual dysfunctions.
It is a good idea to ask your fertility doctor if he or she is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). This is a multidisciplinary organization that is dedicated to advancing the field of assisted reproductive technology through education, training, research, and advocacy. ASRM also sets guidelines for fertility doctors practicing in the field.
Finding a Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in the Tampa area. 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. For a more personalized search, contact our Patient Care Coordinators at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form. They will match you to the fertility doctor best suited to treat your needs!
Before making the decision of choosing a fertility doctor, it is important to set up an informational consultation, so you (and your partner) can get to know a little more about the doctor and the practice. Compile a list of questions before the interview begins. Ask the doctor questions about his treatment philosophy, how many women he has treated, and what particular areas of assisted reproductive technology in which he specializes.
In order for the doctor to give you information directly related to your infertility diagnosis and potential infertility treatment, bring your medical records with you to the interview. That way, your doctor will have your full medical history, diagnoses, and prior treatments in front of him when answering your questions.
After you find a fertility doctor who seems to be a good fit, it is important to research the success rates of his or her fertility clinic. A helpful resource is the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Depending on your infertility diagnosis and treatment plan, you may be required to attend frequent appointments, sometimes as many as one every day for a period of time. During this time, you and your fertility doctor may develop a close, trusting relationship.
When you become pregnant and transfer back to your OB/GYN for prenatal care, you may only have to meet with that doctor once a month. After meeting with your fertility doctor so frequently, it may be a difficult adjustment to much fewer appointments. However, it is important to understand that your doctors are taking your particular needs into careful consideration, and are behaving in the best interest of you and your child.