Our expert says:
A fertility specialist in most leading countries is one who has not only gynaecological qualifications, but in addition has studied and specialised specifically in reproductive medicine and is usually certified as a member of a fertility specialist society or fraternity. Such a specialist often works in a fertility clinic or works in conjunction with a fertility clinic.
A fertility clinic is a centre which is capable of performing advanced treatment more especially Invitro fertilisation (test tube babies) and more specialised procedures. However, in South Africa unfortunately any gynaecologist can manage fertility problems in his own private practice or in association with a so-called fertility clinic, may claim to be a fertility specialist even though he does not have bonified credentials or certifications to certify such a claim.
There is as yet no credentialing and accreditation of fertility specialists and clinics in South Africa, which is enforced, and therefore any gynaecologist may claim to be a fertility specialist as well. For ethical reasons I am not at liberty to disclose the names of fertility specialists or a fertility clinic, but you may contact the following number for further information (011) 484 5119.
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