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specialist selection should be no different than any
other sub specialty such as neurosurgery or cardiology.
These specialties evolved because of the complexity
of the conditions being treated, the vast amount of
medical literature, and the need for extensive advanced
medical, surgical, and clinical training.
specialists receive referrals from OB/GYNs while many
patients "self refer". Some OBs prescribe
medications, such as Clomid, but rarely proceed with more advanced treatments. Fertility
specialists are trained to administer more complex therapies
such as ovulation
induction with FSH.
specialists administer the most appropriate treatments early in the course of therapy. Studies indicate that
treatment by a fertility
specialist is more cost effective and more likely
to result in pregnancy. There is no substitute for the training and experience offered
by a reproductive endocrinologist.
specialists must complete an accredited residency training
program in Obstetrics and Gynecology and pass board
certification. To become board certified in reproductive
endocrinology, fertility specialists must complete two
additional years of advanced training in an approved
University Fellowship Program and pass strict written
and oral examinations.
specialist fellowships involve extensive clinical and
research experience in the diagnosis and treatment of
infertility. Fellows gain "hands on" experience
under the tutelage of recognized thought leaders in
the field. Training also includes experience in delicate
reproductive microsurgical procedures. A research project must be completed and published.
specialist fellows are actively involved in the management
of in vitro fertilization
cycles and master the administration of FSH,
cycle monitoring, retrieval,
culture and transfer.
infertility medications must by tailored to each patient
and should only be administered by fertility specialists
thoroughly trained in their use.
reproductive endocrinologist should perform surgery
to correct reproductive disorders, such as endometriosis
as many of these conditions can be treated during the
diagnostic laparoscopy. This avoids the need for a second
There is an excellent discussion of the qualifications to be a board certified infertility specialist at the Reproductive Care Web site.
links to many fertility clinics throughout the United States that
have fellowship trained specialists on staff.
site also contains many informative articles
written by fertility specialists / reproductive
endocrinologists . We
encourage you to review the clinic listings and navigate
to their sites where you will find additional information.