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    Posted by Pamela Harris January 23 - 150 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #Fertility 

    Fertility Solutions™ is a patient-centered practice that provides a full spectrum of infertility diagnosis and treatment, including: IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, egg donation, donor egg bank, gestational surrogacy, fertility preservation, tubal reversal and more.

     

    At Fertility Solutions, our practice is centered directly on the needs of our patients. Under the care of our fertility specialists, patients receive individualized treatment plans that cater to their specific infertility diagnosis. We know that the initial diagnosis of infertility can be a difficult moment in a person’s life and that the process that can follow – receiving treatment and working toward achieving a pregnancy has its challenges. Fertility Solutions was founded in order to make this journey as straightforward and successful as possible for our patients, and in doing so, we’ve been able to provide several key advantages for our patients over other fertility practices.


    More Time with Your Doctor

    We realize that a critical part of the journey to parenthood is the one-on-one time patients spend with their doctor. Not only will your doctor provide treatment, but she will also provide the educational support that is needed at this important time. Patients have frequent face to face contact with the physicians in our group throughout the treatment cycle. All of the monitoring and diagnostic ultrasounds will be done by one of our physicians. At these visits we can review your response, immediately, address any problems with medications or side effects, answer most questions, and assess overall how the cycle is progressing. At Fertility Solutions, we feel that this frequent contact has had a positive impact on helping our patients through the fertility process both emotionally, physically, and has also resulted in better overall outcomes and experience. We want our patients to know they have our time and focus throughout their time at our center.

     

    Fertility DrugsHow they work: Injected or taken in pill form, the drugs release hormones that induce ovulation to boost egg production and make the uterus more receptive to embryo implantation.

    Best for: Women who don't ovulate regularly or who have partners with very poor sperm quality. Avoid if you have damaged or blocked fallopian tubes or scarring from endometriosis (they require IVF).

    Success Rates: 40 to 45 percent of women who take the pills and ovulate get pregnant; as many as 50 percent of women who ovulate as a result of the shots get pregnant.

    Pros: The drugs are typically the first choice in fertility treatment because of their low cost and relative convenience.

    Cons: Possible bloating, headaches, hot flashes, and nausea. Side effects are worse with the shots, and include risk of multiple births, premature delivery, and formation of large ovarian cysts.

    Costs: Vary widely (for example, from $60 to $6,000 per cycle), depending on whether the drug is a pill or injectable and whether blood tests and ultrasounds are included.

    Artificial Insemination (also known as Intrauterine insemination or IUI)

    How it works: Specially prepared ("washed") sperm is inserted directly into the uterus through a thin, flexible catheter during IUI, the most commonly fertility method. If you choose this method, your doctor might recommend that you take fertility drugs as well, to increase the chances of fertilization.

    Best for: Cases in which men have slow-moving or lower quality sperm or a low-sperm count. Alsofor women who have produced antibodies to their partners' sperm or whose cervical mucus is too scant, acidic, or thick to transport the sperm to the egg.

    Success Rates: Depends on a woman's age and the quality of the man's sperm; in general there's a 15 to 20 percent chance of conception per cycle, with a 60 to 70 percent chance of pregnancy after 6 cycles.

    Pros: A simple procedure that can be performed in a doctor's office.

    Cons: Can result in multiple births; possible side effects of fertility drugs.

    Costs: On average, $865.

    Donor Sperm

    How it works: Sperm from a man other than the intended father is used during IUI or IVF.

    Best for: Couples experiencing male-factor infertility, men carrying genetic disorders they don't want to pass on to their children, single women, or lesbian couples.

    Success rates: An estimated 15 percent of women who try this method get pregnant after one cycle, with up to 80 percent achieving pregnancy after 6 cycles.

    Pros: Enables infertile men, carriers of genetic disorders, and single or lesbian women to have a child.

    Cons: Some men may be uncomfortable with a donor who has no genetic relationship to them.

    Costs: $300 to $400, generally. Factors that may affect the cost include whether you want a donor consultation and photo match, need storage for the sperm, and want washed sperm.

    In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

    How it works: Multistep process (called a cycle) in which your eggs are extracted and fertilized with sperm in a lab. Once embryos develop, one or two are implanted in your uterus and the rest are stored.

    Best for: Older women or women with blocked or severely damaged fallopian tubes or scarring from endometriosis; men with very poor sperm quality; couples with unexplained infertility.

    Success Rates: Varies by age. Forty-one percent of women (under age 35); 32 percent (ages 35 to 37), and 23 percent (ages 38 to 40) become pregnant.

    Pros: Couples with serious fertility problems can become parents.

    Cons: Treatments are costly and physically demanding, and require a rigorous regimen of fertility drugs before the start of each cycle.

    Costs: $8,000, on average, per cycle, not including medications.

     

    Is a modification of intrauterine insemination where larger volume of prepared sperm is injected through the cervix so that sperm reach the fallopian tubes. It yields higher pregnancy rates in women with unexplained infertility.

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