Patients have many questions when determining if infertility treatment is right for them. Following are some common Q & As:
When should I seek fertility treatment?
Infertility is when a couple is unable to achieve pregnancy after 1 year of unprotected intercourse (6 months if the woman is age 35 or over) or the unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. If you meet the above description or already know of a condition that will prevent you from conceiving, it may be time to seek treatment from a specialist.
Do I need a referral to receive treatment?
You do not need a referral unless it is required by your insurance in order to see a specialist. Otherwise, you may simply complete our online patient paperwork and fax or email it to us or call us 866-570-BABY. We will schedule your initial consultation.
Will I be required to have lengthy, expensive treatment by going to a fertility center?
Treatment varies with each patient (depending on the cause of infertility and the age of the patient). Treatments may be as simple as ovulatory monitoring or as complicated as In Vitro fertilization. In order to determine the most appropriate treatment for you as an individual, you would need to consult with one of our physicians. This would give him/her the opportunity to review your medical history, examine you, and run all appropriate diagnostic testing. We have billing consultants on hand to help estimate what your cost will be before you receive treatment.
What is the difference in an Ob/Gyn and a Reproductive Endocrinologist?
An Ob/Gyn is a physician who graduated from medical school and had additional training (a residency) in obstetrics and gynecology. A Reproductive Endocrinologist is a board certified Ob/Gyn who subsequently completed additional training (a fellowship) in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Typically, Reproductive Endocrinologists do not deliver babies (though they were initially trained to do so). They instead focus their practice on the treatment of infertile patients. All 4 physicians at Center for Assisted Reproduction are board certified Ob/Gyns and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. At CAR, patients are typically treated up to 10 weeks of pregnancy (12 weeks if they have a diagnosis of recurrent pregnancy loss). After that, the patient is released to the care of their regular Ob/Gyn for the remainder of the pregnancy.