Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE)
Definition - What does Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) mean?
A Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) is an obstetrician-gynecologist with additional education in reproductive medicine that focuses on how hormones impact reproduction and infertility. An RE diagnoses reproductive disorders and provides treatment, including Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI).
A Reproductive Endocrinologist may also be referred to as a fertility doctor or fertility specialist.
FertilitySmarts explains Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE)
In both men and women, reproductive processes are directed by hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers which are used by organs to communicate throughout the body. Many important physiological processes, including sperm production, ovulation, menstruation, and pregnancy are directed by the interplay of hormones and their effects on various organ systems. Reproductive Endocrinologists are specialists in this area.
Conditions which may be diagnosed or treated by a Reproductive Endocrinologist include:
- Male factor infertility
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)
- Menstrual disorders
- Congenital (from birth) abnormalities
- Hypothalamic pituitary dysfunction
- Fertility preservation
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- Tubal factor infertility
- Other reproductive disorders
In the United States, certification for special subsets of medicine (including Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility) is voluntary. A doctor who has chosen to undertake this certification process is referred to as "board-certified." This means that they have decided to undertake additional rigorous testing and are committed a high level of standards and practices, as well as continual learning in their field.