Doctors play a significant role in everyone’s life, and if you are planning to start your family but experiencing some problems, it is best to understand who can help you the most and in a timely manner. Every facet of medicine has a specialist, and the same goes for addressing fertility issues, we call them “Fertility Specialists”.
In this article, we go back to the basics and will explain who exactly is a fertility specialist and how are they different from regular gynaecologists. While a regular gynaecologist may be great for regular check-ups and comfortable performing investigations for causes of infertility and treating some of these causes, they cannot be called fertility specialists.
A fertility specialist, is a gynaecologist but with extensive training in fertility issues. In addition to completing the rigorous education and experiential training for the gynaecology medical path, fertility specialists will continue their education and training specifically in the field of reproductive endocrinology, and infertility. In most cases, this requires an additional three years of intensive and highly focused training.
Board certified specialists have gone the extra mile by acquiring many specialised certifications to complete many years of total post-graduate training, in the field of reproductive medicine/fertility. (Read here about Dr. Vyjayanthi’s Specialised training)
In view of the specialised training providing the necessary expertise in reproductive medicine, they are better in dealing with fertility issues faced by couples trying to conceive. They can provide more in depth analysis of potential fertility issues.This does not necessarily mean treatment, but in some couples counselling might be all that is necessary.
So, if you are hoping to start a family, and need to be better informed or have certain issues related to fertility you should seek out a fertility specialist as the first step because being treated by “fertility specialist” for fertility issues will give you better and faster outcomes, as well as ensure better satisfaction than being treated by regular gynaecologist for fertility issues. They are experts in identifying issues pertaining to infertility, counselling couples, helping them overcome fertility issues in a shorter time frame and also ensuring a better rate of success.
Now, when would you need to see a fertility specialist?
In most cases, if you have been trying to start a family but have not been able to or have been experiencing problems and more traditional reproductive assistance medications are unsuccessful, you should seek out a fertility specialist.
However, you should consider exploring or making an appointment with a fertility specialist if
- You have experienced multiple miscarriages
- You have been trying for some time (usually 10-12 months) and have not been able to get pregnant.
- You are 35 years or over.
- You or your partner may just have a condition that has not been yet diagnosed.
And so, to conclude, we will recommend that you should most definitely seek out a specialist for the above reasons BUT do not wait for those causes to arrive, seek out a fertility specialist to plan and prevent.