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Definition of a Gynecological Endocrinologist

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A gynecological endocrinologist, more commonly called a reproductive endocrinologist, is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of disorders related to fertility, menstruation and menopause. They must undergo years of training and be board certified to practice.

Specifics

Gynecological endocrinologists deal with a wide range of reproductive disorders. Women who see these specialists may suffer from multiple miscarriages, an inability to conceive, abnormally heavy or irregular periods, fibroids or discomfort related to menopause.

Numbers

Reproductive endocrinology is a highly specialized branch of medicine. According to the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, fewer than 1,000 physicians are board certified in this field, which is a subspecialty within obstetrics and gynecology.

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Training

Gynecological endocrinologists begin their education by completing four years of medical school residency training in obstetrics and gynecology. Then, to become certified in their specialty, physicians must complete an additional three-year reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at a board-certified medical school.

Certification

Once training is finished, they can obtain subspecialty certification through the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The ABOG is affiliated with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Salary

The median annual salary for a reproductive endocrinologist is $317,943, according to Cejka Search Inc.

About the Author

During Sarah Densmore’s 20 years in corporate and nonprofit communications she has written about vacation timeshare, employee relations, cancer education and various cultural events. She has been published in Developments magazine and The Indianapolis Star. Sarah has a B.A. in journalism and a “second concentration” in English from Indiana University.

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