Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to try to conceive for over a year before I seek treatment?
We are more than happy to see you at any time in your fertility journey. Many patients seek an evaluation before they even begin trying while others have been trying for a long period of time before they seek treatment. For women over the age of 35, evaluation sooner rather than later is advised.
Do I have to have any tests done before I can come in?
We will personalize your evaluation to what you need. You may or may not have had some testing performed by your primary doctor. Your physician at Alabama Fertility will discuss specific testing he or she believes you should undergo.
How is infertility diagnosed?
Couples are generally advised to seek medical help if they are unable to achieve pregnancy after a year of unprotected intercourse. Couples over the age of 35 are encouraged to seek care after 6 months of trying. The doctor will conduct an examination of both partners to determine their general state of health and to evaluate physical disorders that may be causing infertility.
If no cause can be determined at this point, more specific tests may be recommended. For women, these include an analysis of ovulation, x-ray of the fallopian tubes and uterus (HSG) and possibly a laparoscopy. For men, initial tests focus on semen analysis and evaluation of sperm function.
How is infertility treated?
Most infertility cases are treated with conventional therapies, such as drug treatment or surgical repair of reproductive organs. About 10-15% will require In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Egg Donation.
Will insurance cover my visits and treatments?
We accept almost all insurance company plans. Most plans will cover the cost of your initial evaluation, follow up visits, blood work, ultrasounds and procedures or surgery if needed. We encourage all patients to understand their specific benefits plan.
I have heard fertility treatment is expensive. Is that true?
Not necessarily. We have many treatment options. Some of these options may be covered by your specific insurance plan in part or whole. Others may be out of pocket costs that we will discuss in detail with you prior to your treatment.
What if I am unmarried, in a same sex relationship or single and desire pregnancy?
We would love to treat you at Alabama Fertility for any and all of your reproductive needs.
Why should I come to Alabama Fertility for my evaluation and treatment?
Our doctors are dedicated to providing you with advanced fertility treatment options in a personalized setting. We treat each patient as an individual and will tailor your treatment plan to your specific situation. We have a caring staff who are dedicated to providing you with a compassionate setting while our office allows for privacy (and free parking!) with a convenient location in Birmingham.
Will IVF be the only treatment option?
IVF is recommended only for a minority of our patients. We tailor treatment to each patient’s needs, and more often than not, pregnancy can be achieved with simple treatment strategies.
What will happen at my first visit?
The first visit will consist of a full history overview to try to identify the best evaluation and treatment strategy. Often, a physical exam is performed and labs are obtained. Occasionally, an ultrasound is needed on the first visit.
Does my partner need to attend the first visit?
We always prefer that your partner attend the first visit with you, if possible.
If we need to use fertility injections, will I have to administer them?
If your physician recommends injections, either you or a support person (friend, partner, co-worker) can administer the shots. The injections need to be done around the same time every day, and afternoon or evening is preferable. Your nurse will review injection teaching with you at your visit, and there are great online videos if necessary.