Are reproductive endocrinologists still gynecologists

When the subspecialty of reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) was formed within obstetrics and gynecology, the original focus was gynecologic and reproductive issues ranging from puberty through menopause. Expertise in the underpinning and orchestration of the menstrual cycles at the level of the hypothalamus, pituitary, ovary, and uterus allowed attention to both conception and contraception. Reproductive endocrinologists were consultants for complex gynecologic conditions such as management of fibroids, endometriosis, and abnormal bleeding, and REI was at the forefront of microsurgical techniques including tubal surgery and surgery to conserve the ovary.

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Authors

Kurt T. Barnhart, M.D., M.S.C.E., Alan H. DeCherney, M.D.

Volume 104, Issue 1, Pages 24-25

Abstract

When the subspecialty of reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) was formed within obstetrics and gynecology, the original focus was gynecologic and reproductive issues ranging from puberty through menopause. Expertise in the underpinning and orchestration of the menstrual cycles at the level of the hypothalamus, pituitary, ovary, and uterus allowed attention to both conception and contraception. Reproductive endocrinologists were consultants for complex gynecologic conditions such as management of fibroids, endometriosis, and abnormal bleeding, and REI was at the forefront of microsurgical techniques including tubal surgery and surgery to conserve the ovary.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders. The journal publishes juried original scientific articles in clinical and laboratory research relevant to reproductive endocrinology, urology, andrology, physiology, immunology, genetics, contraception, and menopause. Fertility and Sterility® encourages and supports meaningful basic and clinical research, and facilitates and promotes excellence in professional education, in the field of reproductive medicine.

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