Reproductive Endocrinology

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mayo Clinic's Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility manages complex problems related to infertility, fertility preservation, recurrent pregnancy loss, amenorrhea, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian disease, premature ovarian failure, congenital uterine anomalies and risk of genetic disorders in offspring.

These specialists offer an integrated approach to diagnosis and treatment, which may include evaluation by doctors in other specialties and extensive diagnostic testing and counseling. A collaborative approach includes the woman and her partner as part of the health care team.

All doctors are members or associate members of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, which requires certification in both obstetrics and gynecology and training in reproductive endocrinology.

Fertility preservation services

  • Egg (oocyte) cryopreservation (freezing of unfertilized eggs)
  • Embryo cryopreservation (freezing of fertilized ovum)
  • Ovarian tissue cryopreservation (freezing of ovarian tissue with return to the body after cancer treatment)
  • Sperm cryopreservation (freezing of sperm prior to or shortly after starting chemotherapy)

Reproductive surgery

Many gynecologic surgeries can reduce your fertility. Mayo Clinic reproductive endocrinology and infertility doctors specialize in gynecologic surgeries that optimize or maintain your maximal fertility potential.

Specialists in this area use minimally invasive and open approaches to treat uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine polyps, adhesions (scar tissue inside or outside of the uterus) and abnormalities of the uterus or fallopian tubes. They optimize fertility by carefully handling tissue and, where appropriate, decreasing scar tissue formation with the use of adhesion barriers. They also perform outpatient microsurgical reversal of tubal ligations and offer fertility optimization services to women whose ovaries must be removed.

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