What Questions Should You Ask Your Fertility Specialist?
As you embark on your fertility journey, you might feel excited with lots of questions in mind. Others may be feeling nervous or confused about where to start. Here are some points for you and your fertility specialist to review as you learn more about treatment.
What Is the Treatment Process Like at Your Clinic?
You might be feeling anxious about what the treatment process looks like. At MCRM Fertility, we will guide you through the steps we’ll take to address your concerns. We don’t believe in one size fits all solutions and will tailor your treatment to meet your needs.
The first thing you need to do is make an appointment. You can call one of our offices or complete our online consultation form. During your visit, your fertility specialist will get to know you and learn the reasons you’re seeking treatment.
We’ll ask you some questions to find out what medical problems are affecting you or your partner to prevent pregnancy. We may also schedule some tests to find out your reasons for infertility. From there, we can discuss plans for treatment, outcomes, and the costs of treatment.
What Treatment Is Right for Me?
After you and your partner have been assessed and issues managed, your doctor will go over possible treatment options. For some couples, the right approach is to wait a bit longer before starting with medical intervention. If you’re under thirty-five, doctors say that you should try with your partner for a year before seeking treatment. A fertility specialist can help you decide if you should start treatment or keep trying to conceive on your own.
If you and your doctor decide that treatment is right for you, there are three kinds of treatment to consider. For women with ovulatory dysfunction, ovulation induction is one option. This treatment is not for people with fallopian tube blockage or those impacted by male factor infertility. Doctors have found that this kind of treatment has a lower success rate compared to others.
Intrauterine insemination is also known as IUI and artificial insemination. Doctors take a sperm sample from the male partner, which is then inserted into the female partner’s uterus with a catheter. IUI is a good option for couples that deal with minor male factor infertility and for same-sex couples. Some people need to go through IUI before they can attempt IVF because of insurance reasons.
In vitro fertilization, also known as IVF, is a staple of fertility treatment, and often the first kind of fertility treatment that comes to people’s minds. IVF is a multi-step process. Put simply, it involves the fertilization of an egg outside of a body and then implantation of the resulting embryo in a uterus. IVF has high success rates and is an option for couples that have diminished ovarian reserve, endometriosis, severe male factor, require an egg donor, have a combination or multi-factor infertility and for same-sex couples wishing to participate in the parenting process together through reciprocal IVF.
Can a Fertility Specialist Help Me Understand the Success Rates of Your Clinic?
Success rates vary according to what treatment type you’re seeking, age and underlying fertility factors. Some clinics distinguish the success rate by a positive pregnancy test or live birth. Success rates can be confusing to read, and we are happy to explain the details of these reports.
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) is a non-profit that creates reports on the success rates of clinics in the US and Canada. SART reports reflect the likelihood of outcome dependent on the patient’s age.
What Can You Tell Me About Treatment Costs and Financing?
One of the roadblocks to treatment is the concern about finances. After your first visit with one of our doctors at MCRM Fertility, you’ll have a chance to chat with a financial counselor to learn about financing and payment options.
Depending on your insurance, some or all of your treatment may be covered. MCRM Fertility accepts most major insurance carriers. As a courtesy, our team will review your insurance plan’s benefits to find out what coverage it offers. If your insurance plan does not cover fertility treatments, there are other ways to cover the costs of your treatment.
We can also help you find the right lender to cover your treatment. The lenders we work with offer longer terms and 24-hour loan approval to keep you focused on your treatment, and not on your finances.
MCRM Fertility also offers discounts for teachers, first responders, and active or former members of the military. We are also a member of the Compassionate Corps Program. This is a charitable program that covers treatment for servicemen and women that cannot conceive as a result of a service-related injury.
No matter what questions or concerns you have, the fertility experts at MCRM Fertility are here to help guide you through the process. Contact one of our offices today to learn more about what we can do for your family.