Getting Started With Infertility Treatment
For many couples, overcoming initial reluctance to seek treatment for infertility is very difficult. It is easy for two apparently healthy individuals to deny that there may be a medical reason that they are having difficulty conceiving, and to hope that just a little more time is all that is needed to become pregnant. Unfortunately, some form of infertility affects almost 1 in every 7 couples. While millions of these couples have sought medical assistance in their effort to have a child, fewer than half of those who cannot conceive without treatment ever consult a reproductive specialist. Frequently, the reason that couples do not seek medical guidance is that they do not understand some of the very common causes of infertility, or some of the relatively simple treatments that can correct many of those causes. While it is true that not all patients who undergo medical treatment to assist conception become pregnant, the likelihood of success is far greater now than it was even 10 years ago. Well over half of the patients who undergo treatment for infertility will become pregnant, and new medical advances are continually increasing the percentage of successful patients. Although high tech options for infertility treatment are certainly available, many patients achieve success with relatively low tech and easily approachable treatments.
One of the most important factors in determining success is starting treatment as soon as possible. It is reasonable for young patients to attempt to conceive on their own for up to a year before seeking medical advice. Women 35 or over should seek the counsel of a reproductive endocrinologist sooner, after 6 months of trying to become pregnant. In many cases, it is critical for older women to seek the assistance of a reproductive endocrinologist as soon as possible – a matter of months may make the difference between success and disappointment. Simply “getting started” with a reproductive specialist is, in very many cases, the key to achieving pregnancy.
Your Initial Consultation
Understanding that taking the early steps of infertility treatment can be daunting for some patients, initial consultations at IRMS are designed to maximize the information that the patient receives, and to minimize any anxiety that may be related to the process. The centerpiece of the initial consultation will be the time spent with the reproductive endocrinologist. The doctor will talk with the couple to learn their family-building circumstances and discuss the medical history of both partners. She will also perform a physical exam of the female partner, develop a preliminary treatment plan with the couple, and, importantly, answer questions. The couple will then meet with a clinical coordinator, who will review the recommended treatment plan and assist them with the coordination of follow-up testing and any additional diagnostic procedures. Finally, the couple will meet with a (personal) financial coordinator who will provide expert assistance with insurance benefits and finance options. Since the NJ Family Building Act was passed many couples may be eligible for full or partial coverage for their infertility treatment.
IRMS is a participating provider with the following Insurance Companies:
- Tricare- authorized provider
- United Health Care
If your insurer is not in the list above, we will be happy to check with your insurer to see if you have “out-of-network” benefits.
Please note: IRMS does not participate with any Medicare or Medicaid insurance plans.
Making an Appointment
When you are ready to make an appointment, please call us:
Livingston Office: (973) 322-8286 or (877) 456-4IVF
Clark Office: (732) 943-7169
East Windsor Office: (609) 448-4300
Hoboken Office: (201) 963-7640
Jersey City Office: (201) 963-7640
Westfield Office: (973) 322-8286