Does insurance cover fertility treatment?
The degree of services covered depends on where you live, your insurance provider, and the type of insurance plan you have. Some insurance policies may cover things like your first consultation, while some might not. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to find out whether your treatments will be partially or fully covered. Our finance team is here to assist you and answer any questions about insurance coverage and billing.
Does IVF hurt?
While the idea of daily injections during IVF treatment can feel initially overwhelming, our team is here to help and support you throughout the process by clear instructions and preparation.
As for procedures, both the egg retrieval and embryo transfer are minor procedures and are comparable to a vaginal ultrasound or a pap smear. Anesthesia wears off quickly once egg retrieval is concluded. It is normal for patients to feel minor cramping in the ovaries afterwards, but any discomfort can be treated with proper medication. Patients feel nothing during the procedure due to the use of anesthesia. They are awake and able to see everything take place on an ultrasound screen.
How does my age affect my fertility?
Women’s fertility peaks in their early twenties, begins to decline around the age of 30, and begins to steeply decline after 35. While individuals in their mid thirties are considered quite young by most standards, a woman in her mid to late thirties is more likely to have difficulty achieving pregnancy than a woman in her mid to late twenties. The need for fertility assistance is even more common among women in their forties.
While the quality of sperm that men produce begins to decline as they get older, men continue to produce sperm throughout their reproductive lives. Because of this, age is not as significant a factor in male fertility problems, although it can sometimes still play a role.
How do I know if I need fertility treatment?
Heterosexual couples are generally advised to seek medical help if they are unable to achieve pregnancy after a year of unprotected intercourse. A reproductive specialist will conduct physical examinations of both partners to determine their general state of health and to evaluate any physical disorders that may be causing infertility.
If no cause can be determined at this point, more specific tests may be recommended.
Source: ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine