Finding the right fertility specialist can be challenging, but essential to a woman’s well being. For women who struggle with infertility complications, finding the right infertility doctor can mean the difference between having a healthy pregnancy and not having one. If you are struggling to become pregnant, and if you are looking for a fertility doctor, it is important to consider some key aspects of your search to ensure you find the best fertility specialist.
While most fertility specialists offer a key core of services, there are some that specialize in unique complication of infertility. When searching for a fertility doctor, one of the first issues you will want to address is the type of healthcare services you believe you will need. If you are already familiar with the underlying cause of your fertility complications, then you will want to find a fertility specialist that can cater to that particular healthcare need.
In addition, you may want to consider finding a fertility specialist who is actually board-certified in the subspecialty of infertility treatments. The subspecialty you will want to look for is a doctor who is board-certified in reproductive endocrinologist. While the doctor’s clinic may reference he is a gynecologist, a doctor who specializes in infertility, and carries this board certification, will typically only practice in infertility treatments and, ultimately, may be most abreast on the latest in infertility research and technology.
One of the most important factors when considering a fertility specialist is the timing of appointments and testing. While many ob/gyn doctors are fully capable of providing some degree of infertility treatment, if the doctor is extremely busy with is practice, does not have many open appointments, or if the doctor can not schedule testing within his office at times that are convenient for you, this may not be a doctor you will want to use for your fertility treatment. Because testing and care are vital to your fertility outcomes, a doctor that is board certified, but also meets your scheduling needs, will be crucial to a more successful pregnancy outcome.
Fertility specialists run the full spectrum from nurses to doctors to alternative medicine practitioners. When struggling with infertility, consider these tips when finding the best doctor to treat your complication and, in doing so, you can be assured the best possible outcome for your particular fertility needs.
Sources: Dr. Richard Marrs’ Fertility Book, by Richard Marrs, MD, pp. 62-64.