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"I'm having trouble getting pregnant, what should we do?"

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"I need to make an appointment with a fertility specialist."

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"I've been referred to more than one center, why should I choose SGF?"

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"I'm interested in SGF’s Out-of-Area and International Concierge Program."

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"I'm considering freezing my eggs."

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Do I have to have been trying to conceive for a certain period of time or be of a certain age in order to be seen?

We follow the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines for defining infertility. If you’re under the age of 35, assuming there are no other known conditions, we expect you to be trying to conceive for close to 12 months. If you’re 35 to 40, assuming there are no other known conditions, we expect you to be trying to conceive for 6 months. If you’re 40 or older, we recommend that you schedule a consult with a physician and come in right away. If you know of a condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a tubal blockage, fibroids, endometriosis, previous sterilization, or an abnormal semen analysis, we recommend scheduling an appointment right away.

Do I need a referral to see a fertility specialist?

Our New Patient Center liaisons will help you determine whether or not your insurance plan requires a referral in order to be seen by a specialist. While 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year, nearly 50 percent of our patients self-refer.

Do you have age cut-offs for treatment?

We do have age cut-offs for certain treatments. We based these cut-offs on extensive research of our clinical outcome data from over 85,000 treatment cycles. For women 46 to 51, our specialists will recommend exploring family building using a prescreened, prequalified donor egg. Shady Grove Fertility's Donor Egg Program is among the largest of its kind in the country, with over 8,000 babies born to date. We also have one of the largest national donor databases and our highly selective process meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards.

Do you treat singles and same-sex couples?

Yes, absolutely. You do not have to be married or have a partner in order to be seen by one of our specialists.

Do you accept my insurance, and am I covered?

Shady Grove Fertility participates with more than 30 major insurance companies. Most plans cover the initial consultation with a specialist and diagnostic testing. Many people have some level of coverage for treatment. Our financial counselors will help you determine if your specific plan covers treatment. If not, Shady Grove Fertility offers other affordable options, including guarantee programs, discounts, and financing.

I don’t have insurance, do you have financial programs to help?

At Shady Grove Fertility, it’s a top priority to make treatment as affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. We designed several signature financial programs, including our Shared Help Discount Program (for families with limited resources), Shared Risk 100% Refund Program, Shared Donor Egg Program, Military Discount Program, and more. We also offer exclusive financing through Fertility Finance.

How much does infertility treatment cost?

At Shady Grove Fertility, we personalize treatment to the unique needs of each patient, therefore, treatment costs will vary. We encourage you to call our New Patient Center to discuss the various options and programs.

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