Infertility is one of the most challenging problems a couple may face in their relationship. It is frustrating because the couple will attempt everything within their power and still have no results. Guilt, depression and anxiety often complicate the process of having a family, because often the problem is beyond their control. “It is not supposed to be work; it is just supposed to happen.” Many couples have tried for years without success, and their dream of parenthood feels as if it is fading away.
About 6 million Americans, or nearly 10 percent of the reproductive age population, are infertile. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, a couple is considered infertile if they have had unprotected intercourse for a year and no pregnancy has resulted. Some say this is 6 months if the female is over 35 years of age. For many couples, the first approach they take to address infertility is to visit their obstetrician/gynecologist. The OB/GYN is usually capable of evaluating and treating many basic forms of infertility. If the couple is unsuccessful, they are usually referred to a Reproductive Endocrinologist, a specialist in infertility.
About 6 million Americans, or nearly 10 percent of the reproductive age population, are infertile.
Reproductive Endocrinology is a sub-specialty within Obstetrics and Gynecology. A Reproductive Endocrinologist receives special training to diagnose and treat problems such as infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, hormonal imbalances and menopause. A board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist has undergone 2-3 additional years of training beyond their OB/GYN training, passed a second written examination and a second oral examination in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and completed a minimum of one year of independent practice. To date, there are less than 1000 physicians to have held this distinction.