Moving from Your OBGYN to a Fertility Specialist – A Complete Guide

RMA Philadelphia and  Jefferson Health’s clinical partnership provides a unique combination of resources to serve our patients in Center City. The patient-focused, world-class fertility care of RMA, coupled with a team of nationally recognized academic OB/GYN physicians, will now be available to those seeking fertility care throughout Philadelphia.

When starting your fertility journey the first conversation you may have is with your gynecologist. Finding the right OB/GYN can be like finding the right hairstylist: you want someone you feel comfortable talking with, who you make appointments to see regularly, and who you can trust to handle a very intimate part of you. It can take years to find someone who knows you better than you know yourself and knows what will work for you, especially when it comes to something as personal as your hair. Or, rather, other personal parts of your body, like your reproductive health.

But, what happens when your beloved gynecologist says you may need to see an infertility doctor? How do you know when you should? What can you expect, and what can you do to ease the transition from the OB/GYN you’ve grown to know to the specialist you don’t?

In RMA’s newest webinar, Dr. Arthur Castelbaum of RMA Philadelphia and board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Dana Mahlab discuss this transition in detail. The first in a two-part series, Dr. Castelbaum, and Dr. Mahlab chat about limiting multiple gestations, how long you’ll be with an infertility doctor before going back to an OB/GYN, why freezing embryos is better than just eggs, and why an infertility doctor doesn’t automatically mean that you will need In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

While your fertility should be something routinely addressed during your annual exam, it’s important to be open with your OB about your family plans — even if you aren’t ready to have kids, or are just uncertain about having them.

Just like you inform a new hairstylist of your hair history (box-dying your hair pink during quarantine counts), your gynecologist should also be aware of your medical and menstrual history. Period-tracking apps can only do so much, and most of us aren’t experts when it comes to accurately knowing when we’re ovulating.

It can feel scary to move to a new doctor, but the good news is, you won’t be saying goodbye to your OB forever. This is a temporary transition on your way towards a healthy baby. The goal is to get you a personalized plan, and then work with your OB towards maintaining that in the long term (Think of it as a glam squad for your fertility health.).

More good news? With RMA Philadelphia’s recent move to Abington — Jefferson Hospital, the OB/GYN department will be able to work even more closely with your new infertility doctor at RMA. Their collaborative relationship is kind of like having specialists for every part of your hair’s journey (cut, color, highlights, mohawk) with everyone on the same page. The move allows RMA Philadelphia to offer our patients the best in advanced medical procedures with the same, high-quality, and personalized care they are known for.

Download RMA’s new webinar, Moving from OB/GYN to a Fertility Specialist below:

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