The frequently asked questions below are designed to help sort out any confusion about the process of treating infertility. If you have any questions about if infertility treatment is right for you, please contact us or call us at 425-822-7662 (POMA)
What’s the catch? There isn’t one.
We never charge extra for:
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Extended culture for blastocysts
- Laboratory procedures like assisted hatching
- Embryo cryopreservation
- Extra uterine monitoring
Most IVF centers up charge for all of these treatments, increasing their already high prices. At Poma Fertility, it’s always included. We encourage prospective patients to call around and compare our incredible prices and success rates.
- Drug and alcohol use
- Smoking cigarettes
- A history of radiation treatment or chemotherapy for cancer
- Environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead
- A history of health problems such as mumps, kidney disease, or hormone problems
Ovulation problems are sometimes caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance problem or by ovarian insufficiency.
Other possible causes of female infertility include:
- Blockages in the fallopian tubes due to pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, or surgery for an ectopic pregnancy
- Uterine fibroids, which are non-cancerous clumps of tissue and muscle on the walls of the uterus
- Problems with the uterus
- Advanced maternal age
- Cigarette smoking
- Excess alcohol or drug use
- Poor diet
- Athletic training
- Being underweight or overweight
- A history of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Health problems that cause hormonal changes, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and primary ovarian insufficiency
As women age, the chances of being infertile increase due to:
- Diminished ovarian reserve (available eggs for pregnancy)
- Her eggs are not as healthy
- She is more likely to have health conditions that can cause fertility problems
- She is more likely to have a miscarriage
Women should also talk with their doctors if they have a history of:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Very painful periods
- Absent menstrual cycles
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- More than one miscarriage
For men, doctors usually begin by testing a sperm sample. The shape, number and movement ability of the sperm are examined.
In women, we evaluate: the history of menstrual cycle, tests for ovarian reserve like FSH, AMH and antral follicle counts, tests of the uterus and fallopian tubes such as sonohysterogram (SHG) and hysterosalpingogram (HSG), and occasionally through exploratory surgery such as laparoscopy.
When evaluating a fertility clinic, ask about how often you will see your actual doctor versus a sonographer, support staff, or even other doctors in the practice. Ask if you will have web-based patient access to your medical records and if you can communicate with your doctor and nurse through email.