How to Select a Fertility Doctor

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It’s a big decision, going to a fertility clinic and selecting a fertility doctor. The challenge of achieving pregnancy is, all by itself, potentially overwhelming. Selecting someone to share those triumphs and disappoints, to hang your hopes and dreams on, is equally as daunting. Due to the sophisticated nature of the fertility interventions, you must find a clinic and a doctor competent and cutting edge with the sensitivity befitting the circumstances around creating new life.

First focus on qualifications

An infertility specialist must have completed an additional three years of training in a subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology called reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). An REI is required to pass a separate examination to be granted board certification. This is called a fellowship. Ask about these credentials when you start researching fertility specialists.

Get the answers to these questions as well:

- Are the physicians all board certified in REI, not only in obstetrics and gynecology?
- Are the doctors members of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI)?
- Does the program meet American Society of Reproductive Medicine guidelines?
- Is the program a member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies and are the IVF and andrology laboratories accredited by a national organization like the College of American Pathologists?
Try to find a clinic where the answer to all these questions is yes.

Conversations to have with the physician

You will want to discuss their success rates with each type of procedure they offer. Discuss those procedures and how you will pick the best option for you.

Things to think about on your own

How convenient is this clinic? Will the travel times create stress or be more expensive than your budget allows. Will you need to travel great distances and be away from work more than you are comfortable with? How much are the procedures and how will you pay for it. Finally, do you like these people? Do they treat you will respect and compassion? Do you see yourself sharing intimate moments of joy and sadness with them while being supported? Once you have these questions answered and feel comfortable with your decision, you will know you have found your doctor.

Source: Penn Medicine


 
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