Why A Fertility Specialist?
Shady Grove Fertility Center physicians care for couples at all stages in the infertility journey, from the basic infertility testing to diagnosing the problem to the most advanced treatments and latest technologies available today.
When a couple meets the definition of infertility or if they suspect infertility because of a known pre-existing condition that may prevent them from conceiving, it is time to seek medical help. The most common approach couples take is for the woman to speak to her OB/Gyn about her inability to conceive. The OB/Gyn will discuss the couple's medical history, conduct a physical and then recommend a routine infertility work-up to determine the cause of the problem.
The results of these tests will dictate the type of therapy options available to the couple. Before initiating any testing or therapy, couples should make the decision to take an active role in their fertility care and educate themselves about infertility through the various infertility resources such as RESOLVE. Understanding the key issues will not only reduce the stress associated with infertility but will help them pursue their dream of parenthood in the best and fastest way possible.
Ovulation induction using clomiphene citrate (Serophene, Clomid) is the most common fertility treatment. Clomid is a mild fertility medication that is taken by mouth for 5-7 days to induce ovulation. Many women conceive with clomiphene. However, if you haven't gotten pregnant after taking this medication within 3-4 months, it may be time to move on to a different treatment. Some fertility problems will require more advanced treatments such as inseminations, surgeries, or in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies. These treatments are typically performed by an infertility specialist.
The woman's age is an important indicator of what treatment will be recommended by her physician. Success with fertility treatments drop dramatically after 34 years of age falling to almost zero in women over 40 unless donor eggs are used. A woman who is 38 may not have time, in terms of reproductive years, to spend on the less aggressive treatments and may be moved to advanced therapy sooner rather than later.
While your OB/Gyn can answer your preliminary questions - and may offer limited fertility treatments - if infertility persists or age is an issue this condition is best treated by a fertility specialist.
What is an Infertility Specialist?
An infertility specialist is a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE). A RE is a physician who is trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology and who has also completed a fellowship, usually 2-3 years, in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. A reproductive endocrinologist focuses all of his or her time, training, and attention on the treatment of infertility and is usually associated with a fertility center.
This commitment is necessary for the physician to stay abreast of the rapid technological advances being made in the field. In addition, advanced fertility treatments are time and labor intensive requiring the physician and his staff to be available seven days a week in order to accommodate those procedures that need to be performed over the weekend.
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There are 29 fertility specialists at Shady Grove Fertility Center with over 200 total years of experience, representing a vast collective clinical knowledge. A fertility center or program is typically comprised of medical offices, an out-patient surgery center, and embryology and andrology laboratories. Our Center is designed to accommodate the needs of the infertility patient. This means that the appropriate laboratory equipment and staff are in place to handle the timing and coordination of the sometimes complicated medication schedules, and testing and treatment plans.
Because of the devastating affect infertility has on couples, many specialists now provide emotional support as a part of their fertility program. This support can take many forms including support groups and individual counseling sessions with trained mental health professionals to teach couples how to cope emotionally with their situations.