What Do Fertility Specialists Do?

When you start on your journey to parenthood, you want to make sure you’re getting the best care. You deserve to work with a trained and passionate expert to get the best treatment possible for your family. What does a fertility specialist do? Keep reading to learn more about this profession and the experts at MCRM Fertility. 

What Is a Fertility Specialist?

A fertility specialist is your partner on the path to growing your family. These doctors are trained in fertility factors for both men and women. Many of these doctors have unique interests in different areas of fertility. Some specialize in male or female factors of infertility, and others specialize in hormonal factors.

They Get to Know You

At MCRM Fertility, the first thing your doctor will do is get to know you and the reasons you’ve sought their care. We believe in personal and compassionate care, and treat each of our patients uniquely. We’ll help you determine if treatment is right for you based on the medical history you provide to us. 

We may ask you if you’ve had successful pregnancies in the past, or if you’ve ever had fertility treatment before. Our doctors may ask you how long you’ve been trying to get pregnant, or if you have ever lost a pregnancy. Our goal is to learn what your family building desires are and develop a plan to make your dreams a reality. You may have a hard time discussing these topics, but your doctor will do their best to make you comfortable during your appointments.

Concepts of Fertility

On your journey to starting a family, you’ll need to learn about the concepts of fertility. Your fertility specialist will guide you through an outline of treatment. With testing and your medical history, they’ll determine what factors are affecting you or your partner’s fertility. 

From there, they’ll be able to guide you through the available fertility treatment options and the odds of pregnancy from each of the different treatments. Your doctor will explain how treatment would proceed and how to schedule your treatment plan to give you the best possible chance of becoming pregnant. They will ask you when you are ready to start treatment and explain the possible timelines of care. 

Fertility treatments are often not covered by insurance. Your fertility doctor will connect you with a financial counselor who will be able to further discuss costs of treatment. Our counselors are compassionate and highly trained. They will help you understand the costs associated with your fertility treatment plan and options for financing payment plans.

They Explain Treatment Options

Before you can seek treatment, you’ll need to understand the factors that prevent you from getting pregnant. Your fertility specialist will likely recommend some diagnostic fertility evaluations post your first visit so that they can give you a full picture of your health. 

For a woman to get pregnant and carry a pregnancy to a healthy birth, all parts of her reproductive system need to be working in sync. The kind of fertility treatment you need depends on which part of your system is not functioning as it should. At MCRM Fertility, we’ll start with your medical history to determine if you are ovulating as expected. We may also perform some ultrasounds to look at the structures of your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. 

Men will give a sperm sample for analysis to determine if the male factor is a contributing reason. If sperm are found to be plentiful and healthy, there may be a structural or qualitative reason for the male factor. 

Treatment Options at MCRM Fertility

Once your fertility specialist identifies your fertility factors, we can begin treatment. At MCRM Fertility, we have found three broad plans for treatment that work for many couples. The first is ovulation induction. This works by modifying a woman’s hormonal cycle to make ovulation more predictable. These patients receive shots that induce ovulation. 

Another common treatment is intrauterine insemination or IUI. IUI is a suitable treatment for minor male factor infertility or some specific cases of female factors. IUI works by placing “washed” sperm into your uterus with the help of a catheter. To wash sperm, the man gives a sample which is treated to isolate the sperm from the other parts of the ejaculate. This gives the sperm the best chance of meeting an egg. You will work with your fertility specialist to time the application of the sample with your cycle. Some insurance companies require couples to try IUI before seeking IVF. 

In-vitro fertilization, or IVF, is the foremost treatment of fertility care. An egg is injected with sperm outside of the body and then the resulting embryo is implanted within a woman’s uterus. The success rates for IVF are unrivaled by other treatment plans, although it is often used as a last resort after less expensive treatments. 

They Develop a Care Plan

After your fertility doctor has examined you and your partner, you can go over your customized plan for treatment. They will help you understand the outcomes of each possible treatment and the overall timeline. They will guide you based on the treatment that best suits you and your partner. Your doctor will consider your medical history and goals for treatment. After you’ve hammered out all the details, the only thing left to do is set a date to start treatment and begin taking any necessary medications. 

The Team at MCRM Fertility

We employ a team of doctors and nurse practitioners who specialize in fertility care to treat your fertility concerns. We also have finance counselors, nurses, medical assistants, and other experts to guide you every step of the way on your fertility journey. Starting your journey to fertility treatment can feel isolating, but you won’t be alone working with our fertility doctors and team at MCRM Fertility. We’ll prioritize you and work together to make the best plan for your family. Contact us today to learn about fertility treatments and start your path to parenthood. 

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