Types of fertility specialists you should know about

The path to parenthood can be challenging. You may encounter countless ups and downs when trying to conceive. Hence, seeking the best professional care possible for proper guidance is wise. It gives you hope and puts your mind at ease. Besides, the availability of various types of fertility doctors makes pregnancy planning more manageable. It allows you to consult the appropriate specialist based on your concerns. So, here is a list of them for your understanding:

  1. Reproductive endocrinologists

A reproductive endocrinologist is a gynaecologist with additional training in fertility and infertility treatments. Hence, they treat both female and male fertility issues. Their primary duty is to prescribe and conduct various fertility tests and treatments like in vitro fertilisation and IUI Intrauterine insemination). Such specialists also lend their expertise in specific cases, especially when additional consultation is needed.

  1. Andrologists

Andrologists are urologists with additional training in male fertility. They evaluate and treat male fertility issues alone or with a reproductive endocrinologist. They also prescribe tests to their patients to inspect the cause of low or absent sperm counts. The objective is to help couples conceive naturally. Here are the conditions treated by andrologists:

  • Reproductive infections
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Testicular torsion
  • Undescended testes

 

  1. Reproductive surgeons

This type of infertility doctor holds extensive training in surgical procedures. They treat patients for issues beyond conception issues. For example, a reproductive surgeon may surgically remove fibroids or treat endometriosis. They can also perform reverse vasectomies and tubal litigations.

  1. Reproductive immunologists

A reproductive immunologist combines the knowledge of immunology and reproductive medicine. They are usually consulted in cases of recurrent miscarriages, repetitive IVF failures or unexplained infertility. However, patients also seek such a fertility specialist for endometriosis or autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

Reproductive immunologists either practice as physicians or scientists. Many usually work with a reproductive endocrinologist to treat infertility in couples.

When to see a fertility specialist

Fertility issues affect both men and women. However, many miss the signs when planning a pregnancy. The following signs indicate that you should consult a fertility specialist in Kolkata or wherever you live:

  • You are a woman above 35 years who has been struggling to conceive for more than six months
  • You are a young woman who has been trying to conceive for over a year
  • You have had two or more miscarriages so far
  • You struggle to maintain an erection while having intercourse
  • You have irregular menstrual cycles, a genetic condition or a history of sexually transmitted infections
  • You are interested in permanent birth control options like vasectomy or tubal litigation
  • You or your partner have been diagnosed with cancer and need guidance on how to preserve fertility before treatment
  • You or your partner is a cancer survivor ready to conceive after treatment

While these are a few reasons, it is best to seek medical help if you show other odd symptoms.

Posted in Business News on December 01 at 10:05 AM

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