Bringing new life into the world is a desire many women have. Fortunately, advancements in science and technology have made it possible to fulfill that desire for nearly all women. Finding the right fertility specialist makes the difference between success and a long tedious ordeal.
Many women face infertility with their partner or alone; finding support in this journey can be difficult. First you must overcome the feelings you may have about sharing such intimate knowledge with others. Then there is the plight of finding others who have gone through or are going through the same thing and who are able and willing to offer you support. The right fertility specialist understands this and may help you find the support you want.
Qualities of a Good Fertility Specialist
This person is going to help you through one of the biggest challenges you may ever face – becoming pregnant and giving birth. You want to work with someone with whom you have great rapport. A caring, compassionate fertility specialist will listen to your concerns, address all your questions and be straight up honest with you. A sense of humor helps too.
A doctor with a warm and welcoming personality is important but it doesn’t stop there. You also want your fertility specialist to be well qualified. This means in addition to medical school and special training in gynecology, the ideal fertility specialist will be board certified. That means he or she has gone above and beyond the rigors of training in the specialty and received further training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Another quality to look for is the ability to be understanding. Finding out that you are having trouble starting a family on your own can be a hard burden to bear. It helps when your doctor understands your disappointment and frustration.
Know Your Options
Educate yourself on what to expect when seeking help with infertility. There are many options available for couples hoping to conceive. Identifying where the source of the problem originates is key to solving it. Both the woman and the man should be tested to find out what is making conception so difficult.
For some couples it could be a matter of timing; for others there may be drugs that will help with conception. Some women cannot conceive on their own and need invitro fertilization to help. A good fertility specialist will work with you to find the best option for your situation.
Check the Statistics
When you choose a fertility clinic, be sure to check the statistics. What you really want to find out is the percentage of live births. Statistics showing numbers of successful cycles that end in pregnancies can be misleading. The number of live births gives a better picture of true success for the goal you have in mind.
You will find this information at sart.org, which is the website for the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). This organization collects data from most of the fertility clinics in the United States. Here, you may be able to find the data for the fertility clinic you are considering. While the statistics on pregnancies may look impressive, what you need to know is the number of live births.
Finding the right fertility specialist can make all the difference in the world. If your OB/GYN recommends someone to you, ask why they feel this is the specialist you should see. Check out reviews and if possible talk to others who have used the same specialist. Make your journey to motherhood as smooth as possible by connecting with the right fertility specialist.
Cypress Women’s Center is a place where women care for women. Contact us for information about our fertility specialists or for any of your womanly needs.We can assist you in making wise and healthy choices for yourself. Book your appointment with us today.