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An infertility specialist also referred to as a RE (reproductive endocrinologist), is an expert in the field of infertility. You will even find RE’s that are even more specialized and hone in their focus on certain treatments, diagnosis and procedures. For example male infertility cases.
As with all medical providers each one has his or her own style and it is important that you find one you are comfortable with and that feels like the right match. As you prepare to embark on the fertility treatment journey, take the time to think about what type of doctor relationship you want. You should also think about whether you prefer a male or female doctor. Many fertility centers host open houses so you can meet the doctors before scheduling a consultation.
Like REs, every fertility clinic has its own personality and flavor. Some clinics have more cutting edge technology to improve their success rates where as others for go some of the bells and whistles to provide lower patient costs. Luckily there are sites like SART that allow you to do a bit of research prior to choosing the right doctor for you and your partner.
What should you ask an infertility specialist?
Short answer: Everything that is on your mind. OK, so that may be a lot of questions but the gist is during your consult it is your time to make sure you walk away with a good understanding of possible testing and the proposed course of care. To help you through this here’s a list of the top 10 common questions to ask a fertility doctor.
Pro Tip: Make sure someone is with you taking notes with you so you get all the information.