Reproductive Endocrinologist VS a Fertility Specialist - Medical Monday
Reproductive Endocrinologist or Fertility Specialist?
Medical Monday and we're back to language.
Language is important. It’s how we communicate with one another. How we convey information and also how we impart tone and sensibility.
Language is not just semantics or being picky.
Read below for what a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) is; what they do, what they’ve had to do to call themselves an RE.
And, simply put, a fertility specialist/infertility specialist/fertility doctor/infertility doctor/doctor who specializes in fertility/infertility and so on, has to pass no tests and has no special training to call themselves any of those things. Those titles are essentially meaningless. There is no medical or governmental group overseeing of any of those titles.
A board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, on the other hand has to be accepted into very selective programs, go through three years of extra training and has to study for and pass rigorous testing.
Which would you rather have overseeing your fertility treatment? ~Lisa Rosenthal
Straight from RMACT's website:
What is a Reproductive Endocrinologist?
A Reproductive Endocrinologist specializes in the following fields of study:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Hypothalamic pituitary dysfunction
- A congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- Tubal factor infertility
- Male factor infertility
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Fertility preservation
- Congenital uterine anomalies
- Other disorders of the female reproductive tract
Collectively, this field is called Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Most of the patients seen by Reproductive Endocrinologists are experiencing fertility related problems.
Medical Monday: What is Reproductive Endocrinology?
Reproductive Endocrinology is a sub-specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This requires 4 years of medical school followed by completion of a 4 year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Training includes:
- Medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the female reproductive tract
- Care of pregnant women
- Delivering babies
After completing a residency program, a physician would apply through a highly competitive system to receive additional training in Reproductive Endocrinology. This is referred to as a fellowship and includes a 3 year intensive training program, which focuses on understanding the complexities of the human female reproductive system.
Reproductive Endocrinologists receive board certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. These require both written and oral examinations.
If having a baby has turned into a battle, my suggestion is to have the right warriors on your side.
In the war on infertility, the right warriors are board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists.
Hands down. ~LR
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About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.