It takes advanced training and testing to become a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, REI
Hopeful would-be parents usually attempt natural conception first, and if a few months—or years—elapse without results, a physician may prescribe a series of initial fertility treatments and assessments. Early recommendations may include a semen analysis, a hysterosalpingogram, timed intercourse, and possible treatment with prescription medications like Clomid.
But if diagnostic procedures fail to pinpoint a specific obstacle to conception, and the patient is ready to move on to more complex fertility treatments that engage both partners, an obgyn may direct their attention to an REI, or a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, also called a reproductive endocrinologist.
What is a reproductive endocrinologist, and why do we need one?
An REI begins his or her career with four years of medical school, followed by a 4-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology. After the residency, the path to becoming an REI involves 2-3 more years working side by side with experts in an advanced research institution.
During this chapter, an aspiring REI will gain clinical expertise in known areas of infertility evaluation, treatment and IVF laboratory techniques, but he or she will also conduct research into newer areas of the field. Before becoming board certified, REIs must publish in peer-reviewed journals and must also complete a written and oral exam.
In addition to the formal requirements necessary to gain and retain certification, most Reproductive Endocrinologists also maintain membership in professional societies like the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology or the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
What can a reproductive endocrinologist do that other doctors can’t?
REIs possess advanced clinical expertise in the science of reproductive medicine, and they understand the complex interactions and mechanics of the hormones that influence conception. A reproductive endocrinologist also uses knowledge of endocrinology and reproductive anatomy to treat couples, not just individual men and women.
When you’re ready to seek this level of assistance—which may or may not include IVF— place your trust in our Dallas fertility center. Our team of fertility specialists are all board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Our clinic also employs a team of highly trained nurses, support staff and financial counselors who can help you choose the path that’s right for you. Turn to our Dallas fertility center for guidance as you take the next step on your journey.