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When to See a Virginia Fertility Doctor
If you’ve been having trouble trying to conceive, you may benefit from seeing a fertility doctor.
Current guidelines recommend you transition your care to a fertility specialist if you’re younger than 35 and have been unable to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse.
If you’re over 35, you should make an appointment with a fertility doctor after six months.
While infertility can feel awfully isolating, it can help to understand that you are not alone. In fact, according to RESOLVE, there are more than 180,000 women in Virginia who have trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term.
You have many options if you’re looking for a fertility doctor in Virginia. That’s because there are 12 fertility clinics located throughout the state, in cities like Annandale, Arlington, Fairfax, and Richmond.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
Fertility doctors are specially trained physicians that can diagnose and treat disorders of the reproductive tract. They’re officially referred to as “reproductive endocrinologists.”
Along with treating infertility, fertility doctors can also see patients for repeated miscarriage, hormonal dysfunction, or other disorders of the female reproductive tract.
Reproductive endocrinologists undergo specialized training in the study of infertility. After completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, the fertility doctor will then go to a two to three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology. He or she must pass a written exam before becoming a board-cetified fertility doctor.
Finding a fertility doctor
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all fertility doctors in Virginia. Type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” or “Find a Clinic” search.