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What is the difference between an infertility specialist and a perinatologist. How will I known which type of specialist will be right for me.


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replied February 23rd, 2011
Getting Pregnant Answer A19925
Hi,
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An infertility specialist is one who deals with all types of infertility problems, doing investigations for diagnosis of underlying problems, looks at condition of eggs and their harvesting, helps you with treatment and procedures in getting pregnant and continuing with pregnancy.
A perinatologist is a specialist obstetrician dealing with fetal-maternal medicine that is concerned with high-risk-pregnancies and complications. Perinatal period starts at the 20th to 28th week of gestation and ends 1 to 4 weeks after birth, so, a perinatologist logically could be an obstetrician or pediatrician but, in practice, a perinatologist is an obstetrician.
You can decide on which one to consult based on the problem you want to get solved. An opinion from both would be better to have complete overview of the risks and benefits involved for better decision making for pregnancy and the possible effects to expect on the child.
Take care.



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