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Infertility

Specialty Solutions for Infertility

Infertility

Infertility is classified as the inability to conceive a child after having unprotected intercourse for at least one year. Infertility can happen in both men and women, and since the reproductive system is so complex in both men and women there are multiple areas that could be compromised leading to infertility. Although there are many tests to determine the reason for difficulty, there is a possibility that the cause will not be known. Fortunately the healthcare field has come a long way and there are now many options available to help you achieve your dream of having a baby.

Because infertility can be so difficult to diagnose and treat, the treatments that are available are not commonly seen in your local pharmacy. Noble Health Services is a specialty pharmacy, and we regularly stock the medications you will need. We also work with a number of programs to help lower your out of pocket costs. Here at Noble, our clinical coordinators are experienced and familiar with these specialized medications and are readily available to answer any and all questions you may have about treatment. Our supportive staff is here every step of the way to see that getting the medication you need when you need it is a smooth and stress free process.

Incidence – Infertility refers to the inability for either men or women to reproduce. It can be a result of abnormal functioning in a variety of different areas within the body.

  • 1.5 million (6%) married women aged 15-44 are considered infertile.
  • 7.4 million women aged 15-44 have used infertility services at least once in their lifetime.

Cost:

  • Average cost of intrauterine insemination (IUI) – $865
  • Average cost of in vitro fertilization (IVF) – $8,158 ( 1 cycle)
  • Average cost of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – $1,544

Symptoms – Generally, there are no common symptoms of infertility other than the inability to become pregnant.

  • One of the only ways to realize infertility may be a problem is the fact of not being able to get pregnant.
  • Otherwise there are no other common symptoms that could indicate infertility.

Differences in Treatment:

  • Intraunterine Insemination (IUI) – A sperm sample is given and placed directly into the women’s uterus to increase chances of fertilization.
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) – Egg and sperm are combined manually in a laboratory dish. The embryo is then transferred into the uterus.
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – The act of injecting sperm into the cytoplasm of eggs so they can be used for IVF.
  • Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT) – The woman’s eggs are removed and combined with sperm then immediately implanted into the fallopian tubes.
  • Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT) – Egg and sperm are combined manually in a laboratory dish. The embryo is then transferred into the fallopian tube.

Learn more about Noble Health Services’ Management Program.