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Should You See a Fertility Specialist? 5 Signs It’s Time

fertility specialistsSome women wonder if they should see a fertility specialist if they can’t get pregnant. It’s time to find a infertility doctor or fertility specialist when you see certain tell-tale signs — and they’re not too difficult to spot!

A new book on fertility offers this helpful health – and financial – advice:

“Unless your ob-gyn specializes in infertility, works closely with a urologist specializing in infertility, and has established that your diagnosis is straightforward and treatment is not complex, you run the risk of spending money on incomplete or inappropriate diagnostic tests and treatment that may deplete your finances before you are even referred to a fertility specialist (who may require that both of you repeat the very same tests!).”

Constance Hoenk Shapiro, MSW, PhD, is the author of When You’re Not Expecting: An Infertility Survival Guide. In the book, she describes nine signs it’s time to see a fertility specialist. I’ve listed five signs below. If you can’t get pregnant and are wondering about fertility treatments, you need to read this book! It offers emotional and medical support, and includes chapters about recovering from pregnancy loss and knowing when to stop getting fertility treatments.

And here’s how to know if you should start thinking about infertility treatments…Read More »Should You See a Fertility Specialist? 5 Signs It’s Time

Are Infertility Rates Increasing? Fertility Doctors Say “No”

No, infertility rates are not increasing. Here, fertility doctors explain three reasons infertility rates are not increasing — this is one of the fascinating morsels in 100 Questions & Answers About Infertility ! Women aren’t getting pregnant any less today than they did 50 years ago. This infertility book also explains why women aren’t conceiving babies.

“Approximately 80% to 85% of couples who are trying to become pregnant will successfully conceive within a year,” writes John Gordon, MD and Michael DiMattina, MD in 100 Questions & Answers About Infertility. “Thus infertility is defined as the inability to achieve a pregnancy within 12 months of unprotected intercourse.”

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for at least a year – and can’t conceive – then you may be coping with infertility. For everything you could think to ask about infertility and baby-making, read 100 Questions & Answers About Infertility. And, read on to learn why people think infertility rates are increasing….Read More »Are Infertility Rates Increasing? Fertility Doctors Say “No”

How to Find a Fertility Specialist or Infertility Doctor

If you can’t get pregnant, you may want to start researching how to find the best fertility specialist or infertility doctor in your area. These tips will help if you’re looking for a new fertility doctor because you’re disappointed with the specialist you’ve already tried, or if you’re brand new to the infertility roller coaster and are wondering if you’ll ever get pregnant.

“You’ve been trying to conceive and it hasn’t happened. Maybe you’ve been aiming for pregnancy for six months, a year, or three years,” writes Pamela Madsen, the executive director of The American Fertility Association, in What to do When You Can’t Get Pregnant. “Maybe you’ve talked about it with your partner, your doctor, your friends. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re gung-ho about getting help and your partner is foot-dragging. Maybe you’re reticent, nervous, or scared. Everyone’s situation is singular. But there is one universal imperative binding all of us…the search for understanding.”

You may not find all your answers here, in a fertility book, or from your infertility doctor…but at least you’re trying new things! For an overview of everything available for couples coping with infertility, click on What to do When You Can’t Get Pregnant. And read on for tips on finding a fertility specialist or infertility doctor…Read More »How to Find a Fertility Specialist or Infertility Doctor