Just going to a doctor or fertility clinic (use the fertility clinic locator to find a fertility clinic near you) is a big step for couples who are having difficulty conceiving. Many couples begin by seeing an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) who will conduct some preliminary tests - monitoring ovulation, postcoital tests, basic blood work, and so forth.
A woman may be started on some initial basic treatments for several cycles. Hopefully, this basic treatment will work. However, if it doesn't work (typically decided after 3 to 4 months of use with no successful pregnancy), it may be time to start seeing a fertility specialist, also called a reproductive endocrinologist (REI).
A fertility specialist specializes in treating reproductive disorders. They have completed the same education and medical requirements as an OB/GYN and have done extra training in the area of assisted reproductive technologies (ART).
If you are trying to conceive and plan on seeing a fertility specialist or REI, here are a list of questions that may help during your appointment:
You can also use the doctor discussion guide to help you prepare for your visit.