FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are the most commonly asked questions so we can hopefully answer some questions before your visit. If you don’t see an answer you’re looking for, please contact us. We are happy to answer all of your questions and concerns.

Infertility FAQs

Infertility is a reproductive system condition that causes difficulty or inability to conceive a child. Approximately 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility, which can be attributed to both male and female factors.

Infertility can be caused by many reasons, including hormone disorders, genetic conditions, birth defects, and lifestyle or environmental factors, which can affect the male or female partner. About 30% of the time, both partners have conditions contributing to infertility. Even if a cause can’t be determined, most couples can successfully overcome infertility through skillful evaluation and treatment.

You may be diagnosed with infertility if you and your partner have been trying to conceive for at least one year with unprotected, timed intercourse and/or have had multiple miscarriages. A variety of tests are available including semen analysis, ovarian reserve assessment, uterine assessment and other hormone and lab tests.

Lots of research has been done on this subject, and the good news is that, in most cases, stress does not impact infertility. So generally, there is no need to “stress about your stress”. Only in extreme cases of stress, such as anorexia nervosa, does stress affect infertility, and is usually obvious because of menstrual irregularity.

Age is an important contributing factor to fertility. Males and females become fertile during their teens, and fertility will slowly decrease over the following years. Understanding how age plays a role will help you plan for your family.

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We are happy to see patients at any point in their fertility journey. Whether you have experienced recurrent miscarriages, are younger than 35 and have been trying for a year, or 35 and have been trying for 6 months with no success, seek counseling sooner than later. If you are already aware of any health issues that could be preventing your pregnancy, seek guidance early in your process.

The overall causes of infertility are shared about equally between male and female partners. Normal reproductive function requires both healthy uterine ability and healthy sperm to successfully conceive. Because of this, we recommend evaluating fertility for both partners.

After having one child, a couple can experience what is called secondary infertility. This condition shares many of the same causes of primary infertility, and may be caused by compromised sperm, ovulation disorders, complications from your prior pregnancy, or recent changes in lifestyle. Fortunately, with similar causes come similar treatments, and secondary fertility can often be solved with the same methods used for any other infertility condition.

Treatment FAQs

Treatment of infertility will be unique to each couple and vary depending on test results. Some of the options for treating infertility include emotional and lifestyle changes, timed intercourse, ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization or frozen embryo transfer.

Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary. The egg then moves down the fallopian tube where it can be fertilized. If sperm are in the fallopian tube when the egg is released, there is a good chance that the egg will be fertilized, creating an embryo, which can grow into a baby.

Ovulation happens about halfway through the menstrual cycle, or around 10-15 days before your period starts. Although not everyone shows the same signs, ovulation can be identified through rising body temperature, change in cervical mucus, and other subtle body changes. Ovulation prediction kits also can be used to measure your hormone levels and better understand your ovulation.

In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF, is an infertility treatment where an egg is fertilized by sperm outside of the body and then transferred into a woman’s uterus to establish a successful pregnancy.

At Conceptions Fertility Center, we offer various IVF treatment techniques to ensure the process will be as stress free, cost effective and as invasive-free to your life as possible. Every journey to parenthood is different and we have cultivated a dynamic range of services for us to truly customize your experience and give you the best possible chance of a successful pregnancy.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure where an amount of healthy sperm is collected from a male partner and injected directly into a female partner’s uterus. This helps the sperm get closer to the egg, promoting higher chances of a successful fertilization. Although fairly simple, IUI procedures are effective, and can be used in conjunction with ovulation medications to greatly improve odds of getting pregnant.

The average couple experiencing infertility achieves success in less than a year, though this can be much faster or take longer depending on the goals of the couple and the treatment plan they choose in cooperation with their physician.

Frozen embryo transfer involves thawing one or more embryos that were frozen during a previous treatment cycle and using it for a pregnancy. This may be useful to extend the chances of pregnancy per egg retrieval, or to ensure that eggs can be used down the line to build a family.

After retrieval, embryos are frozen under liquid nitrogen and stored in secure containers at Conceptions Fertility Center. The standard length for keeping a frozen embryo is about 10 years, but they can remain viable to use for decades.

While IUI and IVF are both procedures that achieve the same goal, the key difference is where the fertilization takes place. In an IUI procedure, the sperm is injected directly into the woman’s uterus to find its egg. In IVF, the egg is retrieved from the woman first, fertilized with sperm outside the body, then re-inserted back to the uterus where it will grow.

Financial FAQs

A new patient consultation costs $150.

Fertility treatments greatly vary in price, depending on the complexity of the treatment. Basic diagnostics and fertility treatments vary from $80-$400. If assisted reproductive technologies are required to be used, these advanced treatments will cost much more. The cost of your care will vary greatly on the infertility factors faced, but rest assured that Conceptions Fertility Center is committed to effective and transparent service for our clients.

We work with most insurance companies, but every patient’s goals are unique. Contact your insurance company to learn more about your options or speak with our personal financial coordinator to help you determine a plan of action right for you. We are committed to providing all our patients with the financial guidance they need.

We know some insurance companies don’t cover fertility treatments, so we are here to help. We have stress free payment plans and fair pricing structures available. Feel free to reach out for more information.

The HCG Roadmap (Healthy Conceptions Guarantee) promises you a live birth, completing the plan of evaluation and treatment our team designs for you. Any out of pocket funds will be refunded to the couple if a live birth is not achieved after your personal plan is completed. Reach out for more details on the HCG.

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We understand the many questions associated with fertility health. At Conceptions Fertility, we are here to answer all of your questions and concerns. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us.