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How to Have a Baby When You've Been Trying to Conceive for Awhile


Updated July 22, 2014

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Find a Fertility Doctor That's Right for You
Find the right fertility doctor for you.

Take the time to find the fertility doctor that is best for you.

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After you've decided to seek help, you may be wondering who to call. Your best bet is to start with your gynecologist. He can take a basic history, get started on some basic fertility testing, and refer you, if necessary, to a reproductive endocrinologist.

Some gynecologists are comfortable with prescribing very basic fertility treatments, like Clomid. On the other hand, gynecologists who are not fertility doctors may not monitor treatments as closely, or they may not offer thorough testing before treatment.

If a semen analysis is abnormal, or there are other signs or symptoms of male infertility, the male partner should see a urologist.

Something else to keep in mind: the best fertility doctor for you may not be the one your gynecologist personally recommends, or the fertility doctor who helped your friend. You should find a doctor who has experience with your particular treatment needs.

Sometimes this will mean switching fertility clinics after fertility testing with another doctor or after numerous failed treatments. Don't worry about hurting your doctor's feelings by seeing someone else. You should do what's best for you, not what's "nice."

Finding a fertility doctor:

Click next to learn how to track your cycles, to help your doctor help you faster.

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