Reproduction is a normal physiological event. The survival of the human race depends on it.
Infertility, or the inability to reproduce, affects roughly 15% of reproductive age couples.
This means that on average 1 in every 6 couples have significant problems with childbearing.
A thorough clinical evaluation of infertility is appropriate if a couple has not achieved a pregnancy within
one year of unprotected intercourse or whenever there is a heightened suspicion of a fertility problem.
Infertility tests are prudent prior to a year of trying if the woman is older than 35 or 40 years old,
the husband has had a vasectomy, the woman has had a tubal ligation, or the woman has irregular or absent menstrual flows.
Selecting someone to help with an infertility problem can be difficult and confusing. Important qualities to
look for when choosing a physician include expertise in the rapidly changing and complex field of Reproductive
Endocrinology and Infertility as well as a willingness to listen to and respect your specific needs.
When these qualities are present, it becomes possible to develop a management plan that best serves you as the patient.
Getting pregnant and having babies should not be an impersonal experience that drains the bulk of your resources.
You can benefit in many ways when you find an infertility specialist who gets to know you well and customizes a
treatment plan based on your individual desires and budget. You should always feel like a valuable partner in the
process rather than like a number. If you are unhappy at one office, then you really should consider trying another office.
Ultimately, couples who are comfortable seem to get pregnant much more easily than couples with similar medical issues
who have additional significant stress.
The American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is willing to "certify" candidates in Reproductive Endocrinology
and Infertility (REI) only after completion of an approved training fellowship in REI (typically 2-3 years of highly
specialized training) and prior board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The American Board defines a
Reproductive Endocrinologist as "a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology who is capable of managing complex problems
relating to Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and whose current professional activity involves the practice of
Reproductive Endocrinology in a setting wherein essential diagnostic and therapeutic resources are available and being
used appropriately." A list of American Board Certified REIs is available on the website for the Society for
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (http://www.socrei.org).
For more information on the type of care that you could expect from The NJ Center for Fertility and
Reproductive Medicine and Dr. Eric Daiter,