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Choosing a Fertility Specialist
Hyacinth Nicole Browne, MD posted:
Trying to conceive can be a long and difficult process. Having a trusted specialist who will be there with you from start to finish can make the process a little easier. Here are a few simple pointers for finding the right specialist for you:

1. Ask your friends, family, colleagues, and physicians if they know other couples who have struggled with infertility, but subsequently conceived with the help of a great specialist. In my opinion, this is often the best route to take when seeking a specialist because your family and friends won't steer you wrong. Chances are if someone you know had a great experience with their fertility specialist, you will, too.

2. Find out a clinic's live birth success rates. This is usually easy to obtain because most fertility clinics report their success rates annually. A clinic's live birth rate can give you an idea of how effective their treatment protocols are and whether their laboratory is any good. In the end, it's only natural to seek assistance from someone who can help you get pregnant!

3. Meet with a few specialists before deciding on "the one." Choosing the right fertility specialist for you can take time. For some, this realization may come sooner as it becomes obvious that not all fertility specialists offer the same fertility services or have the same bedside manner. Remember, from start to finish, you will probably spend more time with your specialist than your partner. So, you want to make sure that your specialist is going to be by your side for the long haul and is readily accessible.

Needless to say, trying to get pregnant can be stressful and emotionally taxing especially when prior attempts have failed. Finding the right fertility specialist for you can take time, but it should always be your first step when you need help starting a family.

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