Just going to a doctor is a big step. Many couples begin by seeing a obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) who will conduct some preliminary tests - monitoring ovulation, postcoital tests, basic blood work, and so forth.
A woman may be started on some initial basic treatment(s) for several cycles. Hopefully, this basic treatment will work. However, if it doesn't work (typically decided after 3 to 4 months of use with no successful pregnancy), it may be time to start seeing a fertility specialist, also called a reproductive endocrinologist (RE).
A reproductive endocrinologist specializes in treating reproductive disorders. He or she has completed the same education and medical requirements as an OB/GYN and has done extra training in the area of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Find a fertility specialist, or RE, in your area.
If you plan on seeing a fertility specialist or RE, here are a list of questions that may help during your appointment:
Reference: Fertility LifeLines™
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