First find a Fertility Specialist that best fits your needs, review their experience, and determine that the location is convenient for you. Then, from that page, upload your insurance information. The Doctor’s office will contact you to verify whether your plan is accepted.
Many plans allow for access to out of network providers for the same out of pocket cost as in network providers.
Andrologists are Urologists who have completed additional training in male fertility. Andrologists may evaluate and treat male fertility issues alone, or along with a reproductive endocrinologist.
A woman's fertility testing may include bloodwork to assess Anti-Mullerian Hormone (“AMH”) and Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (“FSH”) levels, both of which are good indicators of ovarian reserve. Testing may also include an ultrasound to evaluate Antral Follicle Count (the number of follicles contained within the ovaries helps the physician to determine how many eggs may be produced in any given month).
In addition to sperm analysis other tests that may be performed include blood tests to see how well the body is producing the hormones necessary for fertility and possibly genetic testing. Some doctors may also do an ultrasound of the testicles.
Conventional medical therapies can reverse infertility in 85 to 90 percent of all cases. Treatments include drugs, surgery, and ART for both men and women (assisted reproductive technology).
Only men with no sperm in their ejaculate (azoospermia) need to have sperm retrieved directly from the testis or epididymis. Simple sperm retrievals are performed in men with obstructions, who make sperm without a problem. These procedures go by the acronyms TESA, MicroTESA, PESA, TESE, MicroTESE, and MESA. Simple sperm retrievals are usually performed the day of egg retrieval in the woman.
IVF has many steps and can take several months to complete the whole process. During IVF , mature eggs are collected from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized egg or eggs are transferred to a uterus. Sometimes it works on the first try, but many people need more than 1 round of IVF to get pregnant. IVF definitely increases the chances of pregnancy, but there is no guarantee.
Transvaginal ultrasound aspiration is the usual retrieval method. An ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina to identify follicles. Then a thin needle is inserted into an ultrasound guide to retrieve the eggs. If the ovaries are not accessible through transvaginal ultrasound, an abdominal ultrasound may be used. Temporary cramping and feelings of fullness or pressure may be felt after the procedure.
Yes, anesthesia is usually required as the egg retrieval procedure can be uncomfortable. Also, making sure the patient is completely motionless maximizes the success rate for collecting as many eggs as possible.
In ovarian reserve testing the clinician is assessing how well a woman's ovaries are responding to the hormonal signals from her brain. The most common tests to evaluate ovarian reserves are: 1. AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) 2. Antral follicle count 3. Baseline follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
A testicular biopsy takes a tissue sample from the testicle for laboratory analysis. A testicular biopsy can be used to: 1. Diagnose the location and condition of a lump in the testes 2. Diagnose causes of male infertility 3. Obtain sperm for in vitro fertilization (IVF)
Co-maternity IVF is an LGBTQ fertility treatment that involves both female partners. In this procedure, one woman - the genetic mother - undergoes egg retrieval for fertilization. The partner - birth mother - undergoes embryo transfer and then carries the pregnancy.
A gestational surrogate is a woman who carries the embryo of another couple in her uterus until the birth of the baby. She does not have any genetic ties to the child because the embryo was created from the egg of the biological mother.
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Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is used to treat infertility. Some examples of ART are in vitro fertilization (IVF), gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), pronuclear stage tubal transfer (PROST), tubal embryo transfer (TET), and zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT). In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common and effective type of ART. All treatments include the handling of eggs and/or embryos.
Unexplained Infertility is a term used when the woman is likely to be ovulating regularly with a good ovarian reserve/egg supply, and a “dye test” (hysterosalpingogram) proves that the fallopian tubes are open, and the man’s sperm quality meets normal standards. About 10 percent of infertile couples suffer from unexplained infertility.
Couples with unexplained infertility have several options to help them have a baby. Treatments such as fertility medications combined with IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization) can dramatically improve pregnancy rates for women/couples with unexplained infertility. Your Doctor will help you decide the best treatment plan.
A gynecologist can perform a preliminary fertility evaluation. A fertility specialist is a gynecologist who has completed three years of specialized training with an approved reproductive endocrinology fellowship program. A reproductive endocrinologist is double boarded, in OB/GYN and in Reproductive Endocrinology.
Luckily there are two post-vasectomy pregnancy options: vasectomy reversal and IVF.
During a vavosectomy the surgeon reconnects the severed vas deferens. Vasectomy reversal is considered major surgery requiring a longer recovery period than vasectomy. IVF is a multi-step procedure that utilizes sperm aspirated directly from the testicles. Under local anesthesia, a needle is passed directly through the scrotum into the testicle itself or the epididymis.
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Fertility - Or rather, infertility
Not getting pregnant despite having carefully timed, unprotected sex for one year or longer is a potential indicator of infertility in one or both partners.
In one third of infertility cases, there is an issue with the man. In one third of infertility cases, there is an issue with the woman, and in the remaining cases, there is either an issue with both the man and the woman, or no cause can be found. Fifteen percent of all couples are unable to get pregnant.
While the specific cause of infertility may be difficult to determine in the man or the woman, primary factors often include inadequate levels of certain hormones. Some women with infertility may have irregular or absent menstrual periods. In some cases, men with infertility may exhibit some signs of hormonal problems, such as changes in hair growth or sexual function.
There are many treatments available today that significantly improve the chances of starting a family, or planning for a family in the future when the timing may be better for you. They include hormone treatments, fertility drugs, IVF, egg freezing, frozen embryo transfer and surrogacy.
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Reproductive Endocrinologists - Andrologists
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) is a subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology. Andrologists are urologists who have completed additional training in male fertility.
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To become Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility a Medical Doctor must first pass board exams for obstetrics and gynecology (oral and written) and be board certified in OB/GYN. Then she/he must complete a three year REI fellowship. The final step is board certification in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, requiring oral, written and thesis exams.
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