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What is a fertility specialist and when should you go see one?

Most doctors tell their patients that if they are younger then 35, try for a year – if you are not pregnant within the year then it is time to see a fertility specialist. If you are over 35, then you should get an evaluation with a fertility specialist after trying for about 6 months. Although it can take up to two years to get pregnant once a woman is over 35, time is of the essence, as egg quality greatly diminishes with each year (or month, really) and it tends to be helpful to know what the problem is earlier in the fertility journey.

All fertility doctors, or RE’s (Reproductive Endocrinologists), are specialized OB/GYNs that have done extra training in fertility. Most general OB/GYNs can start your fertility evaluation and some even provide basic fertility treatments, but many people prefer to do all of the evaluation and treatment with a fertility specialist.

If you have certain health conditions or are not having a monthly period, then it is generally suggested that you see a fertility specialist as soon as possible. Also if you have has surgeries, miscarriages, fibroids, hormonal treatments or cancer treatments , it is also recommended that you see a fertility doctor right away.