The training and expertise of your fertility specialist can vary quite widely. To make sure you are getting the best treatment there are some questions you should ask.
1. Do you have any postgraduate qualification in fertility management?
Fertility Specialist Training CREI
The most qualified and experienced fertility specialists will have undergone advanced sub-speciality training in infertility and will hold the advanced Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI).
The CREI qualification can only be obtained by doctors who already hold the qualification of Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG).
The CREI is obtained by 3 years of further training and exams after obtaining the FRANZCOG.
Tas IVF has the only two CREI doctors in Tasmania; Dr Bill Watkins and Dr Manuela Toledo.
Masters in Reproductive Medicine
There are a number of postgraduate Masters in Reproductive Medicine degrees that can be studied in Australia. These courses are for doctors wanting to acquire advanced knowledge in reproductive biology and medicine.
Dr Stephen Bradford has a Masters of Reproductive Medicine through the University of NSW.
Dr Emily Price is currently studying for this qualification.
2. How many years experience post specialist gynaecology training do you have in the field of reproductive medicine?
3. What percentage of your time has been spent working in the area of infertility?
4. What options can you provide other than IVF?
Not all patients require IVF, it is important that your fertility specialist is able to offer you the very best option for you. It may not be IVF. For example; can your fertility specialist perform a micro re-anastomosis of the Fallopian tubes?
IVF should only become necessary if other simpler treatments have failed. A well-trained, experienced fertility specialist will give you the best chance of achieving your dream with the minimum of intervention.