Diagnosing and treating infertility can be a complex process. Though many gynecologists may feel comfortable with doing some of the initial evaluation, you will get the most thorough care by seeing an ob/gyn who has completed subspecialty training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
By choosing a fertility specialist you are ensuring that your doctor has the training and expertise to provide you with the highest level of care. You should seek a physician who is part of a reputable practice with good success rates. By seeing a physician who is affiliated with an academic center you are more likely to be seeing someone whose practices are on the cutting edge and is up-to-date with the latest technologies.
Because undergoing fertility treatments is a stressful and difficult process, you should feel comfortable at the clinic where you are being treated. Most importantly, you should have a good connection with your physician. However, it is important to feel supported and well taken care of by the entire fertility team, including nurses and office staff. Here at USC we strive to provide personalized care for patients.
If you already have a reproductive endocrinologist, when to consider seeking a second opinion or going elsewhere:
Though many fertility treatments have a high likelihood of success, you may not get pregnant in the first few cycles of fertility treatment even if everything is done correctly.
However, if you have gotten to the point of IVF and have undergone two or more cycles, it is reasonable at that point to seek a second opinion. Based on that information you can decide to stay where you are or change fertility clinics. You may not find that they have any different options for you, but you may find that you have a better connection with another physician or fertility clinic or that you receive more individualized attention and care. Each fertility clinic is unique in the way it approaches treatment, and often it can even be subtle differences that make a dramatic difference in the chances of a successful pregnancy.