Whether you’re new to TTC (trying to conceive) and having trouble or a seasoned veteran of fertility treatment looking for a second opinion, you’ll need to know where to begin finding the BEST fertility doctor (Reproductive Endocrinologist) for your needs.
Your initial instinct may tell you to search for a doctor based on success rates. While IVF success rates are important and do provide insight into the quality of an IVF laboratory, they do not fully represent all that a fertility doctor or clinic has to offer.
For example, if you are looking specifically for intrauterine insemination (IUI), reproductive surgery, or fertility drug treatment, IVF success rates will not help you select your fertility doctor match. If you have a specific fertility condition like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, or High FSH, you will want to find a doctor who specializes in these very specific areas of reproductive medicine.
Where to begin finding a fertility doctor and preparing for your initial consultation:
- Do your own research. Take our suggestion, but by all means, read reviews and make sure YOU are ultimately comfortable with this doctor.
- Get feedback from other fertility patients. Feel free to ask your OB-GYN, sister, coworker, or neighbor for their experiences with a specific doctor.
- Don’t stress about the initial consultation. You may have reservations about seeing a fertility specialist. Think you will be forced to do IVF? Concerned the doctor will tell you that you have NO chance of conceiving? Take a deep breath! The initial consultation is NOT scary. The doctor will review your medical and reproductive history and will present your options for building a family. Remember, it is only a meeting, not a commitment!
- Prepare any test results and previous OB-GYN or fertility medical records for your new doctor’s review. Your doctor will have a better idea of which treatments are right for you based on previous test results and any treatments that have either worked or failed in the past.