The best thing you can do is to learn how to work with your insurance carrier. The relationship doesn’t need to be adversarial, but patients sometimes need to be persistent before they receive answers that are accurate to their specific situations. Call your insurance representative as often as you need to when you have questions. Don’t forget to check your bills to make sure they are correct.
When you decide to proceed with fertility treatment, the next step to consider is often how to pay for it. You may not realize it, but you have several options, and RMA of Connecticut will help you find the plans that work best for you.
In addition to insurance offered through your employer, individual insurance may be affordable. You might apply for the many available grants or take advantage of savings accounts that give tax advantages while you put money away to pay for treatment.
Babies are expensive, no matter what path you follow. But they are not unaffordable when you work with a team that shares your dream.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process of fertilizing an egg with sperm outside the body and is the procedure that most people associate with fertility treatment.
IVF has been demonstrated to be a highly effective option for addressing infertility, with more than 200,000 IVF cycles performed by U.S. fertility clinics alone in 2015.
During the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, eggs are removed from the woman’s body and combined with sperm in the laboratory to create embryos, which several days later are then transferred into the woman’s uterus. Nearly 60% of IVF procedures in the United States are performed on women 35 and older.
Before undergoing an IVF cycle, you will be prescribed several medications to stimulate the development of multiple ovarian follicles containing eggs to be fertilized. The process is closely monitored using blood tests and ultrasound. Once the eggs have matured, they are retrieved through a simple procedure under ultrasound guidance. The retrieved eggs are exposed to sperm and one – or no more than two – of the resulting embryos are transferred back into the uterus.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a type of artificial insemination in which sperm are injected directly into your uterine cavity near the time you ovulate.
Your doctor may recommend IUI to treat many causes of infertility, especially when there is a diagnosis of unexplained infertility, low sperm count or low motility. IUI therapy decreases the distance the sperm needs to travel and increasing the chance of sperm reaching the egg to achieve fertilization.
Sometimes surgery is required to address a physical issue. A doctor performs a hysteroscopy to look at the lining of your uterus with a viewing tool called a hysteroscope. The procedure is performed to find the cause of abnormal bleeding, to remove uterine growths like polyps and small fibroids, and to examine the uterus to see if there’s a problem with its shape or size that’s preventing you from becoming pregnant or causing repeated miscarriages.
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedure that uses a telescopic camera system to visualize abdominal and reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries). The surgeon makes tiny incisions in the abdomen through which a thin, fiber-optic tube fitted with a light and camera is inserted. Suspicious growths can be biopsied and repairs can be made during a laparoscopy, making more invasive surgery unnecessary.
Fertility treatment requires planning, patience and lots of time – much of it in the clinic office. RMA of Connecticut has four offices in Connecticut (Norwalk, Stamford, Trumbull, and Danbury) and one in New York (Poughkeepsie). When you search for “fertility clinic near me,” you will find a location that best suits you and your convenience. You can choose the one nearest you for every visit, or mix and match based on your schedule.
We do our testing in our own accredited labs in our offices so that you don’t have to travel to a bunch of different offices for testing. Other fertility clinics cut costs by farming out testing so that patients travel to many unfamiliar sites to complete their work-ups.
They also may limit access to doctors and hide the true cost of their plans, neglecting to mention the medications that are needed in most treatments.
At RMA of Connecticut, your personal support team of nurses, physician assistants and others are accessible 24/7. We tell you about all your fertility treatment costs and provide financial experts to help you navigate the expense.
As you consider all the information available to you about fertility rates, board certification, accessibility, and support, we know that your No. 1 consideration is to bring home a baby. That’s our No. 1 goal, too.
We’re proud to say that over the past 15 years, RMA of Connecticut has helped parents conceive and bring into the world more than 7,000 babies. That’s more than one a day.