What advantage does an Austin fertility doctor offer?
While all OB/GYNs receive a few weeks of training in infertility during their basic residency, a true fertility doctor, or reproductive endocrinologist (RE), receives three additional years of training in infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, and complicated endoscopic (minimally invasive) reconstructive pelvic surgery. Infertility—or the inability to conceive—may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that may prevent a pregnancy from happening or continuing. Fortunately, your Austin fertility doctor has access to state-of-the art testing and treatment, that can offer you and your partner the best chance for achieving a successful pregnancy.
Obgyn vs. an Austin fertility doctor: What’s the difference?
A visit to an obgyn is generally the first stop in the fertility treatment journey. An obgyn will perform an initial fertility evaluation and basic tests. If it’s determined that you need advanced intervention to conceive, your next step should be meeting with a fertility specialist.
- If you fracture a bone, you see an orthopedist.
- If you experience chest pain, you visit a cardiologist.
- If you cannot get pregnant after 12 months (6 months for women over 35), you need a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist).
Reproductive endocrinologists complete the training required to become obgyns, but then went on to complete 3 additional years of specialized fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at an approved fellowship program. These highly trained physicians treat reproductive disorders and infertility in both men and women.
While reproductive endocrinologists treat both men and women, using such therapies as ovarian stimulation, intrauterine insemination – IUI, in vitro fertilization – IVF, they only operate on women. Men who require surgery to correct anatomic issues responsible for their infertility will be referred to Austin’s leading urologists – each of whom have specialized training in male infertility. Working together, your fertility team will develop an individualized treatment plan designed to maximize your likelihood of successful conception.
Who needs an Austin fertility doctor like the physicians at TFC?
Women over 35, who have been trying unsuccessfully for 6 months to get pregnant, are advised to see a specialist who can identify and successfully treat the many causes of infertility. Women under 35 should see an infertility specialist if they haven’t been able to conceive within 12 months of trying.
Women younger than 35 may also choose to seek the advice of a fertility specialist if they have a family history of early menopause, or if they’ve undergone certain cancer treatments that can cause infertility. Women who have had 2 or more miscarriages, have irregular menstruation cycles, who ovulate irregularly (or not at all) even after previous treatment, or who have a history of pelvic infections, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids can also benefit from partnering with an Austin fertility doctor sooner rather than later.
Fertility specialists also care for couples considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) or women interested in egg freezing.
Contact Texas Fertility Center to make an appointment with a highly qualified specialist. One of our Austin fertility doctors can address your specific fertility needs and help you explore all the options that can help build your family.