Learn the difference between an obgyn and a fertility doctor
You’re probably familiar with the term obgyn, but if you want to start a family, you may be wondering about the difference between an obgyn and a fertility doctor. You might also want to know which one is right for you. The answer depends on factors like your age, health and where you are in your reproductive journey.
What an obgyn can do for you
When looking at the difference between an obgyn and a fertility doctor, it’s important to know their roles. An obgyn is a doctor who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. Obstetricians treat pregnant women from conception through delivery. A gynecologist treats women’s health issues like irregular periods, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases and many more medical conditions of the female reproductive organs.
What a fertility doctor can do for you
A fertility doctor is a specialist who focuses on reproductive medicine. They perform tests to help diagnose infertility and develop treatment plans which may include medical procedures or medications. They also provide in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help make your dream of starting a family a reality.
When to see a fertility doctor
If you’re having trouble conceiving, your obgyn may refer you to a fertility doctor. You can also decide to see a fertility doctor on your own. The choice between an obgyn or fertility doctor is up to you. However, you should see a fertility doctor in the following situations.
- Trouble getting pregnant after trying for one year, if under 35
- Trouble conceiving after trying for six months, if 35 or over
- A history of multiple miscarriages
- A diagnosis of a condition that could lead to infertility like polycystic ovary syndrome
- A sexually transmitted disease
- A cancer diagnosis and an interest in preserving fertility before undergoing treatment
Trust an expert
If you’re in Southern California, schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Anderson. Our Southern California fertility doctor is double board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He’s been practicing in Orange County for more than 25 years and provides the expertise you need when facing infertility.
Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anderson to learn how we can help you.