Fertility is something that a lot of couples take for granted. If you are one of the unfortunate couples that is struggling with infertility, then you may wish to consider the services of a reproductive endocrinologist.
A reproductive endocrinologist is a specialist whose focus is on assisting men and women with understanding the causes of their infertility, and in as many cases as possible, helping them to conceive a baby. Unlike traditional doctors, who are certified in fertility specialties after just a couple of weeks of training, a reproductive endocrinologist spends two to three years in fellowships related to fertility and reproductive endocrinology as a whole, so by seeking out the services of this type of specialist, you’re putting your medical care in the very best of professional hands.
Known more commonly as fertility doctors, reproductive endocrinologists help women who are struggling with conceiving and/or carrying a pregnancy to full term. In particular, women who are 35 years of age or older and have a history of pelvic infection or pain, or reproductive issues including miscarriages, endometriosis, or ovulation problems would benefit from a fertility specialist. Men who have poor quality semen (including low count and poor motility) and/or frequent urinary infections, as well as couples who have tried unsuccessfully to conceive for more than one year would also benefit from fertility services. And of course couples who are considering using the advantages of medical science to conceive with assisted reproduction should also consider meeting with a fertility specialist.
While many couples are able to conceive naturally, with no outside assistance and just patience, there are couples who will have trouble getting pregnant due to issues with one or both partners, and it’s in these instances that obtaining the services of a fertility doctor such as Dr. Sami David is important. Traditional gynecologists can often pinpoint a problem or provide a specific diagnosis, but it’s a fertility specialist who will work closely with you and your partner, and provide support for getting pregnant, whether it’s on your own or with some assistance from science.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that fertility specialists and the many advanced reproductive technologies they offer are not always completely or even partially covered by health insurance, and the fees on their own can be astronomical. But payment plans are available, and some fertility specialists may be willing to offer payment plans and even sliding scale fees.
Do your research ahead of time before setting up an appointment. While there may be fertility specialists in your area, it’s important to make sure that they can provide services for your needs, and accept your health insurance — or offer affordable rates — before making your decision. Some couples end up traveling an hour or more to a fertility center in order to get the services they really need. And when working with a fertility specialist, be patient. Even if you have recently been seen by your doctor and had various blood tests and other medical procedures done, your fertility specialist may want to re-do them, simply because he or she will want to be able to see and interpret the results with fresh eyes and their own standards of testing. The road to fertility can be long, frustrating, and expensive, but in the end, it can definitely be worth it.