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.