When getting pregnant doesn’t come easily, turn to Research Medical Center
At Research Medical Center, we recognize that facing infertility can often take a huge toll emotionally and physically, and in some cases, financially for women and men. So we take special care of you, and provide you with not only high quality medical care in a sensitive, caring and safe environment, but understand the emotional strain as well. We work with our patients to help control infertility treatment costs, always offering the procedure most likely to succeed, while taking care of you.
For couples trying to conceive but not getting pregnant, Research Medical Center’s fertility specialists can help. As many as 15 percent of couples have problems with infertility. Advances in technology and treatment are helping these couples add to their families — even those who previously thought they could not conceive.
Research Medical Center’s fertility specialists offer fertility counseling and the latest technology for diagnosing and treating conditions that can interfere with your plans to become pregnant. We offer the full range of fertility treatments, and our in-vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates continue to be the best in the region, according to nationally reported and verified data.
Infertility Treatment Options
If lifestyle changes don’t bring results, more aggressive or advanced treatment may be necessary for you to become pregnant. Your options will depend on many factors, and might include:
- Medications that cause ovulation
- Surgery to open blocked fallopian tubes, to repair problems, or to remove cysts, fibroids or other blockages
- Surgery and treatment for endometriosis, in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus spreads outside the uterus
When other treatments aren’t successful, your doctor may prescribe assisted reproductive technologies (ART). ART involves using human sperm and eggs or embryos in a lab to help with conception. The eggs and sperm can be from you and your partner or donated. ART methods include:
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI) – using a catheter to place washed sperm into the uterus
- In-vitro fertilization (IVF) – manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection – injecting a single sperm into an egg and transferring the resulting embryo into the uterus or freezing for later use
- Embryo cryopreservation by vitrification – a method of freezing embryos that has shown better results than slow freezing
- Donor sperm and donor egg options
- Pre-implantation Genetic Screening/Diagnosis (PGS and PGD) – genetic testing performed on embryos prior to transfer into the uterus
To find out more about our fertility services or other women’s health services, call (913) 541-8330.
What to expect at your first visit
During the first visit with one of our fertility specialists, you and your partner will both be evaluated. The doctor will ask about symptoms and medical history, and will look for any physical problems that could interfere with fertility.
The doctor may recommend tests to help pinpoint fertility issues. Tests might include:
- Blood tests
- Transvaginal ultrasound
- Semen analysis
- Hysterosalpingogram (an x-ray procedure to determine whether the fallopian tubes are open)
- Hysteroscopy (examining the uterus with a thin lighted tube)
- Laparoscopy (examining fallopian tubes or other organs with a thin lighted tube through a small incision)
The doctor may also talk to you about lifestyle changes that can help you conceive, such as:
- Changing the timing of sexual activity
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Avoiding tobacco, alcohol or excessive exercise
- Managing stress and getting help for depression
HCA Midwest Health offers fertility services at Centerpoint Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center. To find out more about our fertility services or other women’s health services, call (913) 541-8330.