Where Can I Find a Doctor?
There are not many RE’s who treat patients with high FSH. In most clinics, reproductive endocrinologists (“RE’s”) reject patients with FSH levels above their cutoff. Note that if your RE isn’t “high FSH-friendly” – i.e., isn’t willing to pursue any treatment for you other than donor eggs – then you need to find a new RE if you want to have a chance of conceiving with your own eggs. The support board mentioned below is a great resource to find an RE in your area who can help you. Also, many of the “high FSH-friendly” RE’s will also do phone consults with out of town patients and typically have ways to treat out of town patients – often partnering with local laboratories for monitoring, thus minimizing travel time.
An important factor to keep in mind when choosing a doctor is that all clinics in the U.S. are required to file their success rates with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and these rates are published here. These success rates are very useful for most infertility patients in that it gives them an idea of how successful their techniques are. The inverse can actually be true for patients with high FSH because clinics with high success rates are typically not treating patients with high FSH who would tend to pull down their success rates.
Below is a very incomplete list of RE’s who are High FSH-friendly (in alphabetical order by region):
Note: The list below was compiled from discussion on the support board. The author makes no guarantees about the services provided by these practitioners and stands to gain nothing from referring patients to their practices. The purpose of including this list on this site is to assist patients in their quest to find medical practitioners who are at least open to the possibility that conception is possible in spite of high fsh.
- Arnold, Dr. Lori at La Jolla IVF in La Jolla, California.
- Danzer, Dr. Hal at Southern California Reproductive Center in Los Angeles, California. Open to low stim approaches.
- Letterie, Dr. Gerard at The Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences in Seattle, Washington.
- Milki, Dr. Amin at Stanford’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Center in Palo Alto, California. Favors high stim approches and very open to high fsh and older patients.
- Nelson, Dr. Jeffrey at Huntington Reproductive Center in Pasadena, California. Favors high stim approaches.
- Nemiro, Dr. Jay at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- Patton, Dr. Phillip at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.
- University of Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Favors high stim approaches.
U.S. – Midwest
- Abuzeid, Dr. Mostafah at IVF Michigan in Detroit, MI.
- Ahlering, Dr. Peter at SIRM in St. Louis, Missouri. Will treat some cases of high FSH. Prefers high stim but has done low stim in some situations.
- Henry Ford Reproductive Center in Troy, Michigan. Drs. Hayter and Strickler are said to be high-fsh-friendly at least with borderline cases.
- Kubik, Dr. Carolyn at Reproductive Health Specialists in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Lifchez, Dr. Aaron at Fertility Center of Illinois in Chicago, Illinois.
U.S. – South
- Batres, Dr. Francisco at Arkansas Fertility and Gynecology in Little Rock, Arkansas.
- Chuong, Dr. C. James at Cooper Institute for Advanced Reproductive Medicine in Houston, Texas. Uses various approaches depending on the FSH. Very receptive to high fsh and older patients.
- Heard, Dr. Michael at Women’s Specialists of Houston in Houston, Texas.
- Isaacs, Dr. John at Mississippi Fertility Institute in Jackson, Mississippi.
- Toledo, Dr. Andrew at Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Walmer, Dr. David at Duke Fertility Services in Durham, North Carolina. Favors MDL and high-stim protocols.
U.S. – Northeast
- Cardone, Dr. Vito at Cardone Reproductive Medicine & Infertility in Stoneham, MA.
- Check, Dr. Jerome at The Cooper Center in Marlton, NJ. Favors natural or low stim approaches, but uses various approaches depending on the FSH. Very receptive to high fsh and older patients.
- Davis, Dr. Owen at Cornell in NY. Favors high stim approaches.
- Frankfurter, Dr. David at George Washington University Fertility Associates in Washington DC.
- Garrisi, Dr. Margaret at The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science (IRMS) in Livingston, New Jersey. May have a minimum number of follicles for retrieval.
- Hall, Dr. Janet at Massachusetts General in Boston, Mass. Dr. Hall does not do IVF but is open to treating high FSH patients with medications.
- Jurema, Dr. Marcus at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island in Providence, Rhode Island. Also said to practice in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Maier, Dr. Donald at The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at Uconn in Farmington, Connecticut. Favors high stim protocols.
- Sher, Dr. Geoffrey at Sher Institute in NY. Favors high stim approaches.
- Toth, Dr. Thomas at Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecological Services – Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Will treat some cases of high fsh.
- Zhang, Dr. John at New Hope Fertility Center in NY. Favors natural or low stim approaches, but uses various approaches depending on the FSH. Very receptive to high fsh and older patients.
- Kato Ladies’ Clinic in Tokyo, Japan. Pioneered the “Mini IVF”, a low-stim protocol.
- Kelly, Dr. Simon at Fertility Associates in Auckland, New Zealand. Open to mid/high or low stim/natural approaches.
- Lister Clinic in London.
- Ryan, Dr. Eddy at Toronto West Fertility Associates in Toronto, Canada.
- Soliman, Dr. Samuel at NewLife Fertility Centre in Brampton and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
U.S. – West