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What fertility treatments do reproductive endocrinologists offer?
There are a variety of treatments reproductive endocrinologists can offer. Fertility drugs, such as Clomid, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and assisted reproductive therapy (ART) are the most common.
What is a fertility clinic?
A fertility clinic is a medical clinic or hospital that specializes in helping couples or individuals who have fertility issues trying to have children. They focus on treatments to aid in the success of pregnancy and carrying the pregnancy to term. While many fertility clinics are covered by insurance, not all procedures are covered.
What special education does a reproductive endocrinologist receive?
An endocrinologist must graduate from a four-year medical school from an osteopathic or allopathic (MD) program. This is followed by three years of residency in OB/gyn, followed by residency in a three year fellowship in endocrinology and infertility.
What is the endocrine system?
The endocrine system consists of glands that produce and secrete the hormones that control and regulate the activity of cells and organs. These hormones regulate growth, metabolism, sexual and reproductive development, and other physical and chemical processes. The primary glands of the endocrine system include the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, pineal body, the pancreas, parathyroid, hypothalamus, and the reproductive organs (testes and ovaries).
What is reproductive technology?
Treatments that include the handling of egg and sperm are known as assisted reproductive technology (ART). The most common ART is in vitro fertilization (IVF). In this process, mature eggs are harvested from the female and fertilized by the male donor’s sperm (under laboratory conditions). Upon conception, the fertilized embryos are implanted into the female’s uterus.
What are the most common ways of treating infertility?
There are several common ways to treat infertility, depending on what is causing it, how long it has been an issue, age, and preferences for treatment. Not all causes can be treated. In men, common treatments include basic lifestyle factors such as changes in health and diet, prescription medication, and sperm retrieval.. In women, treatments include surgery, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and the use of fertility drugs to stimulate ovulation. As with any treatment, options and risks should be discussed with a doctor.
What are the signs of infertility?
Potential signs of infertility in women include irregular, painful, or lack of menstrual cycles; hormonal issues; weight gain; changes in sex drive; hair loss; and changes in skin, including heavy acne. In men, potential symptoms include changes in hair growth; loss of sexual desire; swelling, painful, or lumps in the testicles;and erectile and ejaculation issues. Having any of these is not a confirmation of infertility issues, but these symptoms should be immediately discussed with a physician.
Infertility is the inability to reproduce. In humans, it is the inability to conceive children (or to conceive and carry to term).
What is reproductive endocrinology?
Reproductive endocrinology is a specialty field that falls under Obstetrics and Gynecology. Physicians in this field focus on reproductive medicine and hormonal and fertility issues.
What is a reproductive endocrinologist?
A reproductive endocrinologist is more widely known as a fertility doctor. While they treat a wide array of issues related to reproduction in both men and women, they specialize in issues related to infertility.