A fertility doctor is called a fertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist.
More Info: It is important to understand the difference between an OB/GYN that treats infertile patients and a board certified fertility specialist. An OB/GYN has successfully completed a four-year medical school program and an additional four-year residency specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.
A fertility specialist has acquired an additional two to three years training in infertility, reproductive endocrinology, and reproductive surgery. To become board certified as a fertility specialist he or she must past extensive testing procedures.
To become a board certified infertility specialist requires:
A degree from a four year accredited medical school program
Four years residency training in obstetrics and gynecology
Two to three additional years training in fertility, endocrinology, and reproductive surgery
Successful completion written exam
Professional review and oral exam of a 1-2 year case list
A published thesis in a peer reviewed journal of an original work in the area of infertility
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