Standard medical facilities may not have the robust selection of treatment options you would find at a specialized reproductive health facility. Having ready access to a wide variety of well-validated treatment options in a single location can be tremendously beneficial for your chance of success and reduce the time you need to spend in treatment. The internet is a powerful research tool, and you can certainly do your own investigation into topics like infertility, IVF, inseminations, and many more, but it can be difficult to put these ideas into their proper context without assistance.
At Reproductive Medicine Associates of Florida (RMA-FL), we want to help you make sense of the wide dearth of information available and apply it to your unique situation. Our experience and specialization uniquely position us to help you make informed decisions about your infertility treatment options and take control over your care.
TIME IS A FACTOR
About 12% of Americans of reproductive age struggle with infertility. That is more than seven million men and women, so you’re certainly not alone with your troubles. In roughly 2/3 of infertility cases, the cause can be attributed to a specific problem in the male or female partner. The cause of infertility remains a mystery in the other 1/3 of cases. However, one consistent factor across all cases is age, which remains the largest roadblock to successful pregnancies.
If you’re under 35 and have been unable to get pregnant after twelve months of trying, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends you see a reproductive specialist. If you’re over 35 and have been unsuccessful for six months, it’s time to find some concrete answers. RMA-FL will help you explore your situation to determine the fertility treatments that will yield the most successful results for you.
Options for Men
Male infertility accounts for about 1/3 of all infertility cases. The causes include low sperm count, sperm abnormalities, hormonal imbalance, and various physical issues with the reproductive anatomy. Lifestyle choices and other medical factors may also play roles in male infertility.
As a recognized leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, we take great pride in successfully helping same sex couples become parents. We offer a comprehensive approach and proven path to having a family in the shortest time necessary, for all patients from Florida.
When you first begin researching infertility, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the various acronyms and medical terms you’ll need to know. At Reproductive Medicine Associates of Florida (RMA-FL), we want to help you make sense of all these important terms. RMA-FL specializes in the latest fertility treatment options in our Florida office. We only use the most validated and proven effective procedures in assisted reproductive technology (ART).
Ultimately, we want to help you achieve a healthy, viable pregnancy, and delivery as quickly as possible. Time is certainly a factor, and acting quickly improves your chances of success, but don’t think we’ll be rushing you through the process. RMA-FL specialists will thoroughly discuss your infertility problems and your treatment options at length to determine the best plan for you. Once you’ve settled on a procedure, we work to make it happen. Some of the possible treatments may include:
Initial Infertility Work-Up: Every one of our patients starts with a thorough review of medical history. We also conduct blood work and an ultrasound screening to help us determine the root cause of your infertility. Most insurance carriers will cover the cost of your infertility work-up, so check with your company’s benefits director or your health insurance carrier if costs concern you.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): The first round of fertility treatment typically involves an IUI, a procedure in which the male partner’s sperm is directly introduced to the female partner’s uterus to help increase the chances of fertilization. IUIs are the preferred method for treating cases involving low sperm count or in tandem with ovulation-stimulating medications.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): IVF is one of the most common and effective fertility treatments available today. The female partner’s eggs are extracted and combined with the male partner’s sperm in the laboratory. Once fertilization is achieved, the embryos are allowed to grow for five or six days after fertilization to the blastocyst stage of embryonic development. Only tightly controlled IVF laboratories can consistently offer blastocyst development, which is a proven method of increasing embryo implantation rates.
Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET): FETs are clinically proven to boost implantation rates and support improved obstetrical outcomes. FETs also typically lead to higher birth weights and a lower risk of premature birth than fresh transfer cycles. By safely cryopreserving or “freezing” embryos, caregivers can implant the embryos at the optimal times while the patient’s hormone levels are at their most natural state.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD): PGD helps make the IVF procedure safer and more effective. The latest technological innovations help us identify any genetic issues that may impede fertilization, such as Cystic Fibrosis, Huntington’s Disease, Fragile X Syndrome, and the BRACA I and BRACA II genes. We can reduce the likelihood of transferring genetic conditions like these by removing affected embryos from the selection pool and only implanting unaffected embryos.
Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS): PGS can help your care provider determine the chromosome balance in your embryos to help find those with the greatest chance of becoming successful pregnancies. Too few or too many chromosomes in embryos almost always lead to failed IVF cycles or miscarriages, and PGS helps mitigate this risk.
Fertility Preservation: Many young women choose egg freezing to provide peace of mind while pursuing things other than starting a family, such as relationships and career advancement. Egg freezing also allows you to preserve your eggs while dealing with serious health problems such as cancer. Patients with recent cancer diagnoses will be seen within 24 to 48 hours after diagnosis, before any chemotherapy begins.
Fertility Yoga: Many experts believe that yoga can improve reproductive health by increasing blood flow to the pelvic area, stimulating the glands that produce reproductive hormones and relieving muscle tension. RMA-FL works closely with local Florida yoga studios to offer this treatment option to our clients.