Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any age cut-off for evaluation?
We will evaluate female patients from the age of 18 years old to 55 years old.
Can I get pregnant if I no longer have menses (menopause)?
The answer can vary depending on the cause of the lack of menses. You will need egg donation if you are menopausal. You may need to be treated with fertility medications if the problem is hormonal.
How long does this whole process take?
Time will vary depending on what is involved in your treatment. If your fertility treatment includes intra-uterine insemination (IUI), the process typically takes about two weeks. During these two weeks, your ovaries will be stimulated to produce follicles and ovulation will occur; thereafter an insemination is performed. For in vitro fertilization (IVF) the process takes a bit longer, lasting anywhere from 4-6 weeks prior to egg retrieval.
How many embryos are transferred?
There are multiple factors that must be considered, and input from the patient is critical. At one time, we generally transfer anywhere from one to five embryos.
Are urine pregnancy tests as reliable as blood tests?
No, because your hydration level can affect the urine test. The tests are predictable to about 25 mIU per mL of bHCG. Where as blood tests are predictable to approximately 2 mIU per mL. A very early pregnancy could be detected with blood levels but might be missed with a urine pregnancy test.