Fertility Specialist or Ob/Gyn: how to choose the right for You

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When you're struggling with fertility issues, you might experience different emotions, such as:

Disappointment in constant negative attempts to get pregnant
Jealousy that your friends are decorating their baby rooms while you are still waiting for a plus sign on a home pregnancy test;
Embarrassment, due to the harsh conclusion: you should seek more specialized help.

But seeking medical help for fertility issues can provide you with a sense of hope.

At the beginning, you may not know where to turn for treatment: to see your OB/GYN or a fertility specialist? What's the difference between them anyway?

Below you can find a few factors to decide between a fertility specialist and an OB/GYN.

A visit to your OB/GYN is the first stop in the fertility treatment journey in order to perform a preliminary fertility evaluation.

You should consider having a fertility evaluation if you:

Are under 35 years old and have been trying for at least one year
Are older than 35 years and have been trying for six months

If the evaluation points to an underlying fertility issue—such as pelvic inflammatory disease or uterine fibroids—it may be time to consider seeing a fertility specialist.

Your Medical History

If you have irregular or painful menstrual cycles, or you have had a hard time tracking your ovulation, you may want to consider seeing a fertility specialist instead of an OB/GYN.

You've had more than one miscarriage
You or your partner had or have an STD
You or your partner are overweight or underweight

Your Partner's Fertility

Another reason to see a specialist, sooner rather than later, is if your partner has a low sperm count; If your partner's semen analysis comes back abnormal, he might be referred to a urologist who has been trained to handle issues concerning male infertility.

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