Terminology Tuesday-What is the difference between an OB/GYN and an RE? – Attain Fertility Blog

Terminology Tuesday-What is the difference between an OB/GYN and an RE?

By: Maureen Higgins Tuesday Apr. 6th
Filed in: Fertility Testing, Fertility Treatment, Terminology Tuesdays

I was asked this weekend, what is the difference between an OB/GYN and an RE?  I am frequently asked questions when people learn that I work within the field of infertility. 

RE stands for Reproductive Endocrinologist.  REs complete the same educational and medical requirements as an OB/GYN (Obstetrician and Gynecologist) which is a four year residency in Obstretrics and Gynecology.  In addition to the four year residency program, REs complete an additional three years of a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology.  REs have special training that enable them to provide the treatment needed for couples facing fertility issues.

OB/GYNs have been trained in two specialities; an obstetrician manages pregnancies and a gynecologist is trained in reproductive health.  An OB/GYN may offer services to treat fertility problems.  However, when these preliminary tests and treatments do not resolve a fertility problem, an OB/GYN may refer the couple to a specialist, known as a Reproductive Endocrinologist.

If you are looking for an appointment with a Reproductive Endocrinologist, follow this link for a fertility specialist near you.  Please let us know how your visit goes.

One comment on “Terminology Tuesday-What is the difference between an OB/GYN and an RE?

  1. It’s always fascinated me why there needs to be a definitive line dividing OB/Gyn’s who have trained in reproductive endocrinology but have not been fellowship trained. Dr. Geoffrey Sher, Dr. Christo Zouves, myself and many other OB/Gyn’s are extremely competent infertility specialists with a greater degree of skill in doing procedures such as IVF than many of the RE’s graduating from fellowship today.