Infertility 101 – When (And Who) to Call
Having trouble getting pregnant? Having trouble deciding if you are having trouble getting pregnant?
How long should it take? How often should you be trying? When should you be trying?
Maybe you feel silly that you don’t know the answer to these questions.
A lot of us don’t know the answers to these questions.
Let’s start from the beginning.
With all the hype and hoopla out there, you may get the wrong idea about getting help if you should need it regarding getting pregnant and staying pregnant to deliver a baby.
Having Trouble Getting Pregnant? Here's Who You Should See
Getting help would be considered appropriate for the reasons listed further below. To understand who to see, what type of doctor, here are definitions of the types of doctors and the training that they undergo, that specialize in fertility related issues.
Definition of an OB/GYN: OB/GYN: A commonly used abbreviation. OB is short for obstetrics or for an obstetrician, a physician who delivers babies. GYN is short for gynecology or for a gynecologist, a physician who specializes in treating diseases of the female reproductive organs.
Definition of a Reproductive Endocrinologist, sometimes shortened to (REI): Reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) is a surgical subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology that trains physicians in reproductive medicine addressing hormonal functioning as it pertains to reproduction as well as the issue of infertility.
An urologist, specializing in reproduction, is also a resource to be considered, after a semen analysis has been done to establish the male partner’s status.
When Should You See a Fertility Specialist?
Wondering when you should see a fertility specialist? The following are accepted guidelines to work with if getting pregnant has eluded you:
- If you are under the age of 35 and you have been having appropriately timed “sexual relations” for one year with no pregnancy- See an REI.
- If you are over the age of 35 and you have been having appropriately timed “sexual relations” for six months without a pregnancy- See an REI.
- You have irregular periods- longer than 40 days or less than 20 days apart- seeing your Ob/Gyn (Obstetrician/Gynecologist) is also appropriate
- If you have a medical condition/disorder/challenge that affects your reproductive health- See an REI
This list could go on.
But let’s consider this a start. Getting down to the basics. If you are under 35 and haven’t gotten pregnant in a year, or over 35 within six months, make a phone call and schedule an appointment.
Please let us know if you have any questions. If getting pregnant is overwhelming, please remember that getting help doesn’t have to be.
That’s why we’re here.
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.