Are reproductive endocrinologists still gynecologists

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

Volume 104, Issue 1, Pages 24-25

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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