Frequently Asked Questions

Infertility is commonly defined as the inability to become pregnant after one year of trying. Infertility can affect both men and women.

Ovulation disorders are the leading cause of infertility in women. Anovulation is a disorder in which eggs do not properly develop or do not release from the follicles of the ovaries, which causes irregular periods. Oligo-ovulation is another common ovulation disorder that causes abnormally long menstrual cycles. Other causes of infertility in women include blocked fallopian tubes and other abnormalities.

Problems with sperm quality are the most common infertility factors in men, including azoospermia, which is a failure of sperm cell production, and oligospermia, where very few sperm cells are produced. Another cause of infertility in men is malformed sperm cells that die before reaching an egg.

It is advised to call a doctor if you have been trying to conceive for a year and have been unsuccessful. Fertility experts also recommend that women over 35 who have not conceived over a 6-month period of trying should make an appointment with a doctor. Women who have irregular periods should also consider seeing a fertility doctor because ovulation problems are the most common infertility factor in women. Certain health problems also increase the risk of infertility. Women who have been diagnosed with endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, painful periods, or irregular periods should make an appointment.
Our doctor will conduct a physical examination on both partners to evaluate general health and any physical disorders that may be the cause of infertility. If no causes can be identified, women will be recommended to get x-rays of their fallopian tubes and uterus, as well as a laparoscopy. Initial tests for men will focus on semen analysis.
Doctors treat infertility through medicine, surgery, assisted reproductive techniques, or a combination of treatments.
The timeline will depend on your treatment path, but it usually takes around one month to complete all necessary tests before starting a treatment cycle.

Side effects will vary with each person, but the most common are sore ovaries and breasts, PMS symptoms, mood swings, hot flashes, headaches, and increased vaginal secretions. Please do not use heating pads or products like Ibuprofen and Advil for pain. Tylenol ES is okay for discomfort.

If you experience any nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, abdominal bloating, or decrease in urination, call your doctor. These are symptoms of ovarian hyperstimulation and can be serious.

Once you start a medication cycle, we treat you like a pregnant person. It is okay to take decongestants, antihistamines, or cough suppressants for colds, but be sure to check the labels on all other types of medicine. If it says Do not take if pregnant, do not take it.

If you need to go to the doctor or dentist during your cycle or when you are trying to conceive after treatment, please inform them there is a possibility you could be pregnant. They need to know this in case they need to get an x-ray, CAT scan, or MRI.

Yes, but you are asked to abstain during certain times. If intercourse is planned after taking the medications, we ask you to abstain 48 hours (about 2 days) before your ultrasound or lab appointment. If we tell you to take an HCG injection that day, you will be instructed to have intercourse that night and every other night for one week. If an IUI is planned, you will be asked to abstain for 48 hours (about 2 days) before the procedure.

Insurance coverage for fertility treatment varies by provider and individual plan terms. We encourage you to contact your insurance provider directly to learn more about your available coverages.
Advanced Fertility Group understands the financial cost associated with treatments. We offer financing options through Prosper Healthcare Lending.
Your partner is more than welcome to attend all appointments with you, but they are not required.