Fertility treatments might include hormone therapy, surgery, timed intercourse, ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Also considered is whether to use medications, and if so, in what combination and quantity.
Typically speaking, our approach to treatment involves minimal stimulation (mini-IVF, or limited use of fertility drugs) whenever appropriate because utilizing less fertility drugs is better for the body, produces just as high if not higher success rates, and saves patients thousands of dollars, which allows them to keep funds in reserve for further cycles should initial treatment not succeed.
Dr Morgan is an expert at robotic-assisted surgery for fertility. He is often asked to assist other doctors in the operating room and teaches and trains residents using this cutting edge equipment and technology. Surgeries for fertility may be exploratory in nature, searching for abnormalities in the cervix or uterus. Or, a patient may require the removal of fibroids or polyps in the uterus.
Depending on age and urgency, infertility treatments may begin with simple relations cycles, where a couple has intercourse at home like usual, but with increased chances at success resulting from monitoring ovulation and hormone levels in our office a couple times per week. Natural relations cycles do not use fertility medications to help the process along. Most patients do end up receiving either oral or injectible medications, significantly increasing chances of becoming pregnant.
Artificial Insemination, also referred to as intrauterine insemination (IUI), can also either be natural or with medications. Chances at success by IUI are much better than trying on your own. In addition to monitoring follicle growth and hormone levels, we also take steps to help fertilization occur. We take a sperm sample that has been washed and inject it directly into the uterus, bypassing the vaginal environment altogether. It is a painless and simple process that occurs directly in our office.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the most successful fertility treatment option available. It is also the most expense. While there is a NJ Mandate in place, some insurance companies require up to 6 rounds of IUI before they will approve an IVF cycle. Hang in there and remember that your chances at successfully becoming pregnant increase with every cycle completed.
Jessica's Success Story
My first fertility doctor literally made me feel like just a number. I was pushed into going directly to in vitro fertilization without trying IUI [artificial insemination] first. I never saw the same doctor twice and I just felt lost and disconnected. But, my experience with Dr Morgan's staff was completely different. They let me move at my own pace. I started with IUI's and ended up doing a minimal stimulation IVF. That's when I finally got pregnant with my daughter Sadie. - Jessica S.
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In Vitro Fertilization
Dr Morgan is an expert robotic surgeon for fertility, assisting many OB/GYN's and teaching local resident doctors as well. Learn more.
Medications and monitoring through ultrasounds and blood work can boost chances at becoming pregnant. Learn more.
IVF provides the greatest chance at becoming pregnant and also offers the opportunity to test embryos for gender and health. Learn more.
Many insurance companies require a number of artificial insemination cycles to be completed before they will approve IVF. Learn more.