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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

+ How does a Reproductive Endocrinologist differ from an OB/GYN?

Reproductive Endocrinologists (REIs), also known as Reproductive Medicine or fertility specialists, are subspecialists who have considerably more extensive training in the treatment of fertility disorders, recurrent miscarriage and gynecologic hormonal disorders than an a regular OB/GYN. While an OB/GYN spends a perhaps a few months of training during residency in fertility issues, an REI subspecialist completes a focused 3 year fellowship after completing an OB/GYN residency, and then sits for a series of additional rigorous exams in order to become board certified. While some OBs are able to do a basic workup and clomid, more advanced treatments are usually left to specialists. REIs are focused on fertility and generally do not deliver babies.

+ Does Princeton IVF see regular ob/gyn patients?

Except for Dr. Derman's existing gyn patients, and those who require sub-specialty care, the answer is no. Once you are 8 weeks pregnant, you will be sent back to your obstetrician for prenatal care. If you do not have one, we can provide a referral.

+ When should I seek out help?

Infertility is defined at the inability conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse, and most reproductive medicine specialists will recommend seeking out help after a year. However women who are over 35 or who have irregular cycles are encouraged to get help sooner, usually after 6 months.

+ How do I get started with fertility treatment?

We ask all new patients to set up their appointments through our fertility staff. Their direct phone number is 609-512-4031 and her email is keely@delvalobgyn.com. This process helps us to ensure that we set aside enough time for you, and that you know up front if any referrals or pre-certifications are required.

+ Is infertility treatment affordable?

It can be. Each couple has different needs in terms of testing and treatment. Some couples will need more expensive treatments such as IVF and others will not. In New Jersey, there is a law mandating insurance coverage so many of our patients do have have coverage. Additionally, we participate with most insurance plans, so it is likely we are considered "in network," and we have financing plans available.

+ Do you do offer treatments other than IVF?

Yes. Although we treat many couples for infertility, only a small percentage actually require IVF. Most will achieve pregnancy with less costly and less invasive treatments. Is infertility treatment affordable?

+ Is IVF experimental?

Not at all. The first IVF baby is now in her thirties and has two children of her own. Millions of couples have been helped by these technologies.

+ Should I expect to have twins or triplets from treatment?

No. While it is true that using any fertility drug with or without IVF or IUI significantly increases the risk of multiple births, most pregnancies result in a single birth, regardless of the treatment.

+ What if I do not have a male partner?

Not an issue. We work with single women and same sex couples all the time. We obtain donor sperm for insemination from reputable accredited sperm banks. The process is actually quite simple, and very safe.

+ What is IUI?

IUI, properly known as intrauterine insemination sounds like IVF, but is much simpler. The male partner's sperm is washed and injected into the womb of the female partner. This is frequently done along with fertility drugs, and does not involve complex laboratory procedures.

+ What is IVF?

IVF, properly known as in vitro fertilization is a procedure in which the female partner's eggs are mixed with the male partner's sperm in the laboratory. Some of the embryos that result are placed into the womb of the female partner hoping that a pregnancy will result. Most couples with infertility will not need IVF to have a baby. Of all the fertility treatments out there, IVF is the most likely to be successful.