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d) How to Check an IVF Doctor’s Qualifications

by Ivy Eff

Make sure they have extensive experience. Experience in fertility treatment should be one of the most important factors in your decision to choose a reproductive endocrinologist. Find out how long the doctor has been practicing various fertility treatments, and whether they include any advanced procedures.

Make sure they are board certified. Reproductive Endocrinology — the field of fertility treatment and in vitro fertilization — is a subspecialty of obstetrics/gynecology. To become a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) a doctor first completes their OB/GYN training. They then must complete a two to three year fellowship in fertility treatment. After that, they spend two years gaining clinical experience and followed by an oral and written exam. Only then can they be certified by the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility or the the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Make sure they practice a full range of fertility procedures. While some reproductive endocrinologists may only practice a few fertility procedures, your best bet is to find someone who performs the full range of fertility treatments available. That’s because if the first few things you try don’t work, you don’t want to be forced to move on and start over with another doctor.

Bonus points for doctors who teach or have developed new treatments. While these additional achievements are less common, a doctor who teaches at a local medical university, or who has developed new fertility treatment options clearly demonstrates an even higher level of expertise. And that may give you additional peace of mind that you have found an excellent reproductive endocrinologist for your fertility care.

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