Finding a fertility expert

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Finding a fertility expert

Couples who are seeking medical treatment for fertility should be aware of several things. The first thing is your obstetrician/gynecologist can be a good source for routine testing to determine if there’s any significant factor. If there is a significant factor, you want to seek care from a subspecialist, or what’s called reproductive endocrinologist and fertility subspecialist. There are several ways to find those individuals – national website listings in American Society for Reproductive Medicine can give you physicians who are board certified in your area. Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology is another website that lists these qualified individuals in the geographic area that you are in. Talking to your friends – women who have experienced infertility treatment – can give you clues as to the individual and how they do their practice, and so on and so forth. An infertility specialist is even more intensely involved and intimately involved with your care than your obstetrician, so you need to find somebody that you’re comfortable with, that has the knowledge and answers your questions and so you can go through treatment with the minimum of stress.
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Richard Marrs, MD

Fertility Specialist

Dr. Richard Marrs is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. He studied medicine and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Texas before moving to Southern California to study Reproductive Endocrinology. While at the University of Southern California, he developed one of the country’s first IVF programs, which is responsible for the second IVF birth in the United States and the first birth from cryopreserved embryos in the United States in 1986. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the development of IVF. He has published over 200 papers and books in the area of Reproductive Endocrinology and In Vitro Fertilization and is a prominent figure in the national and international infertility communities. In 1996, he published a book for couples called the Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book: America's Leading Infertility Expert Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant.

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