What is a Reproductive Endocrinologist?
Reproductive Endocrinology is a subspecialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the branch of medicine that deals with issues unique to females. A Reproductive Endocrinologist is a 4-year trained Ob/Gyn who has taken 3 more years of fellowship. This includes advanced infertility, fertility preservation, hormonal disorders of women, ovarian, thyroid, adrenal and pituitary disease, pregnancy failure, endometriosis, metabolic bone disease, osteoporosis, disorders of puberty and of menstruation, menopause and similar diseases. A Reproductive Endocrinology practice emphasizes these issues but may also include general gynecology.
Reproductive Endocrinology fellowships are very limited and are highly competitive to enter. Reproductive Endocrinologists receive board certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Board Certification in Reproductive Endocrinology requires a research thesis and an oral examination after the first two years of practice, with annual written renewals. The passing rate for the initial oral certification exam varies from 55-80%. Dr Robert Howe was certified in Reproductive Endocrinology on his first attempt, in 1991, and has been continually certified since. He is the only Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist to be practicing in Western Massachusetts.
As a Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr Howe is able to provide excellent care for a wide variety of reproductive and hormonal problems and to provide general gynecologic care. He does not perform prenatal care, treat gynecologic cancer, nor deliver babies.