Dr. Stephanie Singleton works daily to help those struggling with infertility to start a family at The Fertility Center of Charleston. Patients often have a lot of questions surrounding infertility, especially those that come in for an initial consult. She answers those questions and breaks down key components as she offers a look infertility by the numbers.
Age is a primary factor discussed in a fertility consult. Says Dr. Singleton, “Age is the most important thing. Many are surprised to learn that age becomes an issue at just 32 years old. Once a woman hits her 40’s, getting pregnant becomes increasingly difficult.” Advancing maternal age greatly diminishes the effectiveness of all available treatment options, and there is a certain age when it is better for patients to schedule a consult than wait. She advises, “35 is the magic number. After the age of 35, if a woman has tried to become pregnant for more than 6 months, it is time to come in.”
There are many causes of infertility that a timely evaluation help pinpoint. Says Singleton, “ A lot of couples don’t discuss infertility, but they should. One in 8 couples will struggle. Usually the cause is a 1/3 female infertility, 1/3 male infertility and 1/3 combined.” A variety of things can contribute to infertility including: endometriosis, male factor, unexplained, PCOS, amenorrhea and more.
How much will infertility cost? It is one of the most frequently asked questions at The Fertility Center of Charleston and other infertility clinics around the country. The Fertility Center of Charleston offers patients competitive, cost effective financial programs. Says Dr. Singleton, “We are committed to trying to ensure that fertility treatment is possible for any couple or individual seeking our help with conception. We extend the extra effort to help patients look at the cost of infertility. Often they have visions of it costing a certain number, and it is not as high as they think. When patients come for their first visit they always meet with the financial counselor so that even from the beginning they can get an idea about coverage and cost. This financial counseling continues throughout their treatment journey. We often encourage patients to come in and get the financial information up front. Call and get started early.” She advises patients to meet with a member of the finance department and ask about insurance as well as financing options. At The Fertility Center of Charleston, a financial consultant meets with families as they begin their fertility journey. Says Dr. Singleton, “We work with medication companies to help patients save money. After filling out the paperwork, patients can receive 25-75% off of medication costs. We have saved patients more than $100,000 in the last year alone.”
Taking a look at the numbers can help couples understand the fertility process. Says Dr. Singleton, “Every couple is coming to the table with different issues. They all have 1 goal: to start a family. We see a lot of happy endings. Patients bring their new babies by to see us. It is very rewarding.” Dr. Stephanie Singleton is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG) and a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. Dr. Singleton and her staff at The Fertility Center of Charleston compassionately guide each patient to parenthood using the latest advanced reproductive technologies including IVF. The Fertility Center of Charleston has locations in Mt. Pleasant & Savannah.
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