Why choose Fertility Partnership？
Fertility Partnership offers a state-of-the-art facility that assists patients in getting pregnant with different fertility treatments.
New patients visiting the facility for the first time will need to go through the following procedure:
New patients will need to fill out forms and paperwork at the front desk. Questionnaires are provided to gather as much relevant information as possible.
Patients may also ask for the forms prior to their visit and fill them up before coming to the center.
- Initial Consultation
During this meeting, patients get to net the practicing physician. This is an opportunity to review and go over the patient's medical history, prior attempts at pregnancy, and any other related issues.
The doctor will conduct a very friendly, non-intimidating interview to share all thoughts and concerns. Typical consultations last for about 30 minutes but may be longer based on the patient's history and case.
This step involves undergoing an ultrasound exam for female patients. This will give the doctor a chance to see if there are any uterine abnormalities, growths or other issues preventing a pregnancy. Ultrasounds are performed at the facility so that the doctor can personally screen the patient to make better clinical judgements.
At the same time, male patients will need to have a sperm analysis done to determine sperm count and motility. Male patients are asked to abstain from ejaculation 48 hours prior to this test.
- Lab Tests
Lab testing involves taking blood samples from both partners, if necessary. The doctor may recommend new blood tests if any previous tests and results have become outdated. Or if he feels that the tests do not cover all relevant aspects.
The results are usually available within 3-5 days. Once all blood analysis and test results return, the doctor will devise a complete diagnosis and treatment plan for patients. A preliminary diagnosis may also be offered at the visit based on consult and exam.
In many cases, the fertility plan may include a list of medications. The doctor or his staff will go over each medication with the patient in detail. Patients will be informed of all dosing schedules and methods.
Also, if after the initial workup, more exploration is required to establish next steps, the doctor may prescribe a procedure or surgical option. The procedure may be done by the patient’s physician or the doctor at the facility.
- Other Considerations
If there are previous medical records including lab tests and surgical reports, they should be brought in at the time of the initial visit.
Meet Dr. Elan Simckes
Dr. Elan Simckes is the founder and Medical Director at Fertility Partnership in Saint Peters, Missouri. Dr. Simckes has been a reproductive gynecologist for more than 20 years.
Dr. Simckes remains independent of corporate medicine and the financial pressure it puts on costs to patients.
Services and Procedures
Fertility Partnership uses the latest treatments and technologies to help its patients become parents. Here are some services that they can access at the facility:
- Hysterosalpingogram or HSGis an x-ray to determine the condition of the two fallopian tubes. The x-ray can also determine the uterine shape and structure and any existing irregularities.
- Laparoscopyis a surgical operation where a viewing device is used to see the patient’s pelvic cavity including the fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus.
- Hysteroscopyis another surgical procedure administered to view the inside of the uterus.
- Uterine fibroid removalis done to get rid of benign, uterine tumors. These growths can interfere with successful implantation or pregnancy.
- Endometrial destructionis done with the help of a laparoscope.
IVF options involve the mixing of egg and sperm outside the uterus. The process is administered in a laboratory setting and monitored until the egg becomes fertilized. The fertilized egg is then placed into the woman's uterus. Fertility Partnership offers the following IVF options:
- TEFNA or testicular fine needle aspiration. This is a procedure where sperm are directly obtained from the textile. This is done using a very fine needle after the area has been anesthetized.
- ICSI or intra cytoplasmic sperm injection. In this procedure the sperm is directly injected into the woman’s egg. Fertility Partnership offers this service to patients at no added costs.
- AZH or assisted zonal hatching. This procedure involves thinning the protective outer layer surrounding the embryo. This is done to significantly improve the chances of implantation in the uterine wall.
- Cryopreservationof eggs, sperm and embryos. This procedure allows eggs, sperm and embryos to be stored by deep freezing. The same will be thawed in the future to be used in prospective fertility treatments.
Female infertility diagnosis is done when a woman under the age of 35 does not conceive after 12 months of unprotected sex. The same is recommended for women over the age of 35 after six months.
Male fertility diagnosis primarily involves evaluating the sperm quantity and quality. These can include concerns like the number of healthy sperm in semen and issues associated with transport.
Secondary infertility occurs when a couple struggles to become pregnant after an earlier successful pregnancy. The earlier pregnancy does not involve any assisted reproductive technologies or the use of fertility medication.
- Donor eggs or spermare sometimes the only treatment to assist couples dealing with infertility. Fertility Partnership enjoys an established relationship with various donor banks to help locate the right donor for its patients.
- Surrogacy or Gestational Carrier. Patients who may be able to conceive usable embryos but not be able to carry a pregnancy can consider the option of surrogacy. Just like donor banks, Fertility Partnership also has connections with surrogacy centers that can connect patients to the right candidates.
- Yet another way to complete a family is to consider adoption. For couples looking to adopt, Fertility Partnership can connect them with various adoption providers and specialists including the Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri.
Couples can call ahead of their initial visit to discuss any financial questions they may have. If there is health insurance, the office can bill it for the visit.
Fertility Partnership Services and Profile
- Donor egg services (Yes)
- Donor embryo services (Yes)
- ART for single women (Yes)
- Gestational carrier services (Yes)
- Embryo cryopreservation services (Yes)
- SART member (No)
- Verified lab accreditation (No)
Fertility Partnership IVF Success Rates
Fresh Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates
According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Fertility Partnership in SAINT PETERS, MO performed 89 fresh nondonor eggs IVF cycles in 2015. Below is the number of IVF cycles and babies born by the patient's age.
|Number of cycles||46||17||18||5||2||1|
|Live births (%)||61.9||6 / 16||3 / 16||1 / 4||0 / 1|
Frozen Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates
According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Fertility Partnership in SAINT PETERS, MO performed 62 frozen nondonor eggs IVF cycles in 2015. Below is the number of IVF cycles and babies born by the patient's age.
|Number of cycles||33||19||8||2||0||0|
|Live births (%)||54.8||4 / 14||3 / 8||0 / 1|
Donor Eggs IVF Success Rates
In 2015,according to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Fertility Partnership in SAINT PETERS, MO performed 2 IVF cycles with fresh embryos from donor eggs and 8 IVF cycles with frozen embryos from donor eggs.
|Donor Eggs||Number of cycles||Live births (%)|
|Frozen Embryos||8||2 / 6|