- Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) is a surgical
subspecialtyof obstetrics and gynecologythat trains physicians in reproductive medicineaddressing hormonal functioning as it pertains to reproductionas well as the issue of infertility. While for most REI specialits treatment of infertilityis the main focus, reproductive endocrinologists are trained to also evaluate and treat hormonal dysfunctions in female and males outside of infertility. Reproductive surgeons operate on anatomical disorders that affect fertility. Reproductive endocrinologists have a specialty training in obstetrics and gynecologybefore they undergo subspecialty training (fellowship) in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
In a number of countries the pathway to become a subspecialist in
REIis regulated. Thus in the United Statesthe American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology(ABOG) sets the standards for subspecialtists to become certified. After a four-year training in Obstetrics and Gynecology a three-year approved fellowship needs to be successfully completed. To be board certified in reproductive endocrinolgy and infertility, one must first complete board certificationin obstetrics and gynecology(written and oral exams) and then certify in reproductive edncrinology and infertility (written oral and thesisexams).
Reproductive endocrinologists often belong to specific medical societies, such as
International Agency for Prevention of Infertility (IAPI)
* [http://www.preventinfertility.info Most updated Information on prevention of infertility ]
* [http://www.abog.org/sub/rep.html Requirements for certification by ABOG/USA]
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