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Fertility Treatment Facts

KNOWLEDGE IS KEY

For some, the path to parenthood can start off with frustration and disappointment. Fortunately, there are options for patients who are struggling so they can eventually experience their own bundle of joy. But because fertility can be such an emotionally charged topic, there are a lot of misconceptions that we would like to dispel with fertility treatment facts. Here are some common myths and answers about infertility.

I don’t want a fertility specialist telling me I need in vitro fertilization.

Every patient is unique and every patient has their own story. For this reason, HFI believes that each patient deserves individual care and may not need IVF. That being said, the reason that why fertility specialists frequently recommend IVF is because it is usually the most effective treatment for infertility, whether the cause is diminished ovarian reserve, ovulatory dysfunction, male infertility, endometriosis, or other causes. For many conditions, it’s important to understand that IVF is one option, but not necessarily the only option.

I’m already a patient at a different fertility practice, why should I go to HFI?

There might be a different and more effective way to approach your situation. Whether you are still in the testing phase or had an unsuccessful cycle somewhere else, the doctors at HFI may be able to help give you some new insight on your circumstance. HFI is the largest and most experienced practice in Texas. Between all the physicians at HFI, there is over 200 years of clinical experience making HFI one of the most experienced fertility centers in the United States. The doctors at HFI are also leaders in fertility research and remain active in contributing to the scientific community. Our team of physicians have presented and published over 500 research studies at national and international meetings and have provided the highests levels of patient care at fertility centers at Duke University, Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, UT-Southwestern, UT-Houston, and UT-San Antonio, to name a few. Our doctors have been recognized on a national level and won awards for humanitarianism and service.

If you are currently seeing another physician and have questions, we’d like to invite you to a consultation. Our staff can assist you in transferring your medical records and providing a new, fresh perspective. Contact us today!

Fertility testing and treatments are expensive; I can’t afford it.

If you have health insurance, you may be surprised to learn there is about a 95% chance you have some type of infertility coverage already. Most insurance plans will cover most of the costs of infertility testing and even some types of treatment. Nearly all patients have coverage for their initial consultation and will only be responsible for their copay.

For patients with no infertility coverage or do not have health insurance, the initial consultation is only $50. Once patients schedule their initial visit with a physician, our insurance and billing department will verify benefits prior to the initial consultation. After their visit, all patients have an opportunity to sit down with one of our financial counselors to discuss their coverage in detail. Schedule a consultation with us today. We’d love to meet you and discuss all your options.

I’ve only been trying for a few months so I don’t need to see a specialist.

Some patients may think it’s normal to try for years in order to become pregnant. In fact, infertility is a real medical problem and is diagnosed when a couple has not become pregnant after 6-12 months of trying, depending on age. The reality, however, is that most women who want to become pregnant will conceive within the first 3-4 months of trying. Therefore, any couple who has been trying for more than 6-12 months will usually have a detectable medical problem that is actively preventing them from becoming pregnant. At HFI, we strongly advocate a comprehensive approach to your reproductive health. We know that your situation is unique and we want to help you find a personal plan that works for you. Our plan for you starts before you even become pregnant. Our doctors begin every consultation with preconceptional counseling to help you put your best foot forward. The steps you take before you conceive can improve your health before, during, and after pregnancy as well as impact your child’s long-term health. Whether you have been trying for 3 months or 3 years, our team of specialists are ready to help you. Contact us today for a consultation.

I’m already seeing my OB/GYN doctor about this, so I don’t need a specialist.

Your OB/GYN physician is a fantastic resource and can help you a lot with your fertility. If your doctor thinks you have infertility, he or she may order some basic testing to determine the cause of why you haven’t been able to become pregnant. Your doctor may even offer you basic treatments such as clomiphene (Clomid) or femara (Letrozole). Unfortunately, these treatments don’t work for everyone and some patients will only achieve success rates of 4-5% per month on these drugs. Patients who are interested in seeking more effective treatments should ask their doctor or contact HFI to schedule a consultation.

You are not required to see your OB/GYN prior to becoming a patient at Houston Fertility Institute. In fact, HFI sees many patients who are self-referred and seek consultation because they are motivated to become pregnant as soon as possible. Whether you start your journey through your OB/GYN office or want to reach out to us directly, our team of specialists can help. Contact us today for a consultation.

I am worried about my ability to have children in the future and I haven’t met a partner yet. Is there anything I can do about it?

The truth is female fertility declines with time. However, many options exist for women who are worried about their ability to have children in the future. Currently, the most reliable way to preserve a woman’s fertility is through elective oocyte cryopreservation, also known as egg freezing. When a woman freezes her eggs, her egg quality is preserved at that age. Egg freezing is a relatively newer procedure in the world of fertility. This is because over the last 30 years, attempts to freeze human eggs were not very successful and the only way to reliably preserve a woman’s fertility was to fertilize an egg with donor sperm. Fortunately, women are no longer being asked to make that decision because freezing technology has improved dramatically and it is now possible to freeze and thaw eggs reliably using a technique known as oocyte vitrification.

Houston Fertility Institute is a world leader in egg freezing technology and the first practice in Texas to have its own egg bank. Our experience with egg freezing consistently attracts from other parts of the country as well as patients from Europe, Asia and Africa. For more information about egg freezing and how it might fit in your plans, contact us today for a consultation.

I’ve had some miscarriages before but I hear that it’s normal to have miscarriages.

It is true that miscarriages are very common with some estimates suggesting that up to 20-25% of early pregnancies may end in miscarriage. Unfortunately, there are some women who have miscarriages that can be linked to a medical condition such as uterine abnormalities, fibroids, clotting disorders or even a genetic condition. Women with these conditions can actually suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) which is defined as a history of 2 or 3 losses that are not necessarily consecutive. We know that the emotional and physical toll of a miscarriage can be exhausting. To make things worse, there is a lot of misinformation in the healthcare community about the causes of RPL so many patients are left feeling confused and helpless.

If you have experienced recurrent loss, we recommend a consultation with a fertility specialist to determine if your miscarriages are being caused by a treatable condition. Contact us and let us help you.

My cycle is kind of irregular, but that’s not a big deal.

Most women with irregular periods may not be concerned about this issue until she is ready to get pregnant. The truth is, however, irregular cycles can be a potentially serious health concern and abnormal bleeding patterns could be a sign of underlying health conditions such as cervical disease, uterine disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or even impending premature ovarian failure and early menopause.

Irregular cycles have been associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer in the future and there are steps you can take to prevent that. We strongly recommend that whether or not a woman is trying to get pregnant, irregular cycles should be something that you address with your doctor. For more information about how we can help you become pregnant, contact us today for a consultation.

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