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Five Things To Consider When Selecting a Fertility Doctor

From Someone Who’s ‘Been There, Done That!’

a blog by Suzanne Rico, August 2, 2012

I struck gold with my second fertility doctor, who was recommended by a high-risk pregnancy specialist who had just informed me I had miscarried for the second time. And while it’s too late now to go back and choose him first, I sometimes wonder what might have been different had I been under his care from the beginning.

Finding the right baby-maker is arguably the most important decision someone considering ART (assisted reproductive technology) will make. So, from someone who has “been there, done that," here are five things to consider.

    Consultation with a Fertility Doctor

    Once you have decided to transition your care to a fertility doctor, you next need to make the important decision regarding which one to choose. Choosing a fertility doctor is an important step. One way to gain a better understanding of the fertility doctors you are considering is to schedule an initial fertility consultation.


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    What Is a Fertility Doctor?

    Even though a physician spends more than seven years in medical school, internship and residency, he or she will receive just a few weeks of training in infertility. This is why it is important for couples who have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for a year or more (if the woman is under 35) or six months or more (if the woman is over 35) should seek out a fertility doctor, also called a reproductive endocrinologist (RE).


    Fertility Doctor of the Month: Dr. John L. Couvaras

    Dr. John L. Couvaras, IVF Phoenix, Scottsdale, AZ

    FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Dr. Couvaras as Doctor of the Month.

    A sole practitioner at IVF Phoenix in Scottsdale, AZ, Couvaras provides individualized, holistic care with the goal of helping patients understand why they haven’t been able to conceive or carry a pregnancy. “IVF is a great tool, but my experience is there are a fair number of patients who have been overlooked in terms of their underlying issues,” he says. “I’m trying to get to the root of the problem.”

    Fertility Doctor of the Month: Serena Chen, M.D.

    Fertility Doctor of the Month: Serena Chen, M.D., Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Director of the Ovum Donation Program at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas.

    Fertility Doctor of the Month: Lowell T. Ku, M.D

    Dr. Lowell T. Ku started his medical career as a family practitioner, and later did a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. While he fell in love with delivery, he knew that helping couples conceive was in his future when he and his wife had trouble having a baby. Following a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology he became a board certified reproductive endocrinologist.

    Fertility Doctor of the Month: John L. Frattarelli, M.D.

    Dr. John Frattarelli’s role at Fertility Institute of Hawaii is unique. He is both the Medical Practice Director and Lab Director. “It allows me to have singular control over the whole process,” he says. “It allows me to individualize patient protocols and manage the patients clinically, but then also know exactly what’s going on in the laboratory at all times and manage the embryology side as well.” FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Dr. Frattarelli as Fertility Doctor of the Month.

    Find a Kentucky Fertility Doctor

    There are four fertility clinics in the state of Kentucky, and several fertility doctors who work out of these Louisville and Lexington locations. So how can you choose the best fertility doctor for you?

    Fertility Doctor of the Month: Jamie Grifo, M.D., Ph.D.


    FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Dr. Grifo, a leader in fertility preservation with egg freezing, as Fertility Doctor of the Month.


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