The first step to fulfilling your dream of having a family is to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our physicians. During your consultation we will discuss your history, thoroughly review your medical records, and determine if IVF is the best course of treatment for you. We will then create an individualized treatment plan that includes orders for pre-cycle testing.
Meeting Your Team
After you meet with your physician, you will be introduced to your care coordinator, who is a member of the SRM nursing team. This coordinator will be your primary contact, and along with your physician’s care team, will be with you throughout each step of the cycle. Your coordinator will give you a general description of an IVF cycle, review the screening process, and provide a timeframe for completion. You will receive an IVF checklist handout, and online access to educational modules and consent forms. Our fertility coordinators understand the complex and delicate nature of treatment as a means to start a family, and can answer any questions or address concerns.
You will also meet with a Financial Counselor to discuss your upcoming cycle. The financial department will be able to provide an estimated cost for your treatment plan and procedures. They will also review your insurance benefit and payment options.
Completing Tests and Evaluations
Coordination of an IVF cycle is complex, exciting, and at times stressful. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the FDA set screening requirements. It is up to you to ensure that all the items on your IVF checklist are complete in order to be cycle-ready. If you have any questions, please call and speak with your coordinator. An IVF cycle can take up to 3 months to complete, from initial screening, to the actual egg retrieval and embryo transfer.
It is important that you and your partner (if applicable) are aware of the possible risks associated with IVF, and understand the procedures involved. The treatment plan visit with your physician will allow you to ask any questions you have about the process, and make important decisions about your IVF cycle. You will also be asked to electronically sign consent forms after watching the assigned educational modules.