Why choose UNC Fertility?
Operating since 2013, UNC Fertility offers the latest infertility treatment options to patients. The center offers a full scope of leading edge treatment alternatives to ensure that patients receive a tailor made plan specific to their needs.
All doctors and staff at the facility collaborate to deliver unparalleled patient care. They all share the common goal of achieving parenthood for their clients. Here is an outline of what to expect at the first visit to the center:
Where couples are involved, it is highly recommended that both partners attend the first visit. Doctors and facility staff will be involved at this time. The first hour of the visit will be with the doctor where previous medical records and history will be discussed. The doctor will also determine if any tests are needed and will start to put together a customized treatment plan.
Female patients may be required to undergo a physical exam including an ultrasound and some blood work. Male patients may need to have a semen analysis done.
Customized Treatment Plan
After evaluating medical history and analyzing test results, the doctor will create and suggest a treatment plan.
Costs and Insurance Coverage
Patients will also meet and collaborate with a financial advisor before treatment starts. UNC Fertility Center counselors will help make treatment more affordable by walking patients through the financial process. They will give information about financial packages, answer concerns and explain details of the investment.
Helpful Tips for First Consult
Patients are recommended to download and fill out applicable forms before coming to the facility. Patients should also arrange to have their previous reproductive history forwarded to the office.
Meet the Specialists
All specialists at UNC Fertility Clinic hold board certification in both Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Dr. Fritz is an expert in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology. He has been named as one of America's Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America every year since 2000. Dr. Fritz specializes in IVF, ovulation induction, and recurrent pregnancy loss. His other areas of expertise include hormonal disturbances, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and hysteroscopy.
Dr. Mersereau is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. Her areas of expertise include infertility, IVF, PCOs and fertility preservation for cancer patients.
Dr. Young is a specialist of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and is a professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology. His expertise lies in the fields of infertility, IVF and embryo implantation. He also deals with disorders of reproductive hormones and endometriosis related infertility.
Dr. Steiner is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine. She serves as primary investigator for the UNC Site of Reproductive Medicine which runs trials for infertility clinics. Her special interests lie in IVF, reproductive aging and amenorrhea.
Dr. Coward is a urologic surgeon specializing in treatment of male infertility. He is the current Director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at UNC Fertility. His expertise lies in all areas of male infertility including microsurgery, vasectomy reversal and erectile disorders.
Ms. Richey has experience of over 10 years as a marriage and family therapist. She has worked with individuals, families and couples in stressful situations. Her expertise about medical procedures regarding infertility makes her an invaluable part of the team at UNC Fertility.
Services and Procedures
- Ovarian reserveis an important part of fertility evaluation. It evaluates the size of remaining egg supply in women.
- Sonohystogramevaluates the inside of the uterus to detect any unusual growths, scarring or other issues.
- Hysteroscopyalso examines the uterine cavity, but with the help of a viewing device.
- Hysterosalpingogram or HSGis a diagnostic test to examine the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes.
- Egg retrievalis a procedure done by sedating the patient. The physician then aspirates eggs to take them out of the ovaries.
- Hysteroscopyunder sedation involves a direct inspection of the uterine cavity. This is to identify developmental abnormalities and treat conditions like polyps, fibroids and scarring.
- Dilation and Curettage or D&C. The procedure yields a sample of the uterine lining to help identify the cause of abnormal bleeding.
- Laparoscopy under anesthesia involves direct inspection of the abdominal and pelvic organs. It is done to identify conditions interfering with fertility.
- Varicocelectomy under anesthesia is done to correct abnormal sperm production.
- Vasectomy reversalis surgery to restore fertility to men who were previously sterilized.
- Sperm retrievalattempts at obtaining sperm directly from the testicles.
- IUIintroduces sperm concentrate into the uterine cavity at the time of ovulation.
- IVFcombines eggs collected from the ovaries with sperm in a laboratory to create embryos.
- Frozen embryo transferuses previously fertilized embryos for future pregnancies.
Just as every patient's treatment plan is individualized, the costs associated with treatment will also vary. The Financial Team at UNC Fertility Center works closely with patients to help explore and explain every available option. They will also guide patients to optimize their infertility insurance benefits and make treatment more affordable.
Multi Cycle IVF Program
UNC Fertility offers multi cycle IVF programs to better manage the cost of treatment. These programs offer the collective benefits of:
- increased chance of success
- fixed expense
- overall lower cost
- peace of mind for the patient
Multi cycle programs offered at the facility include:
Two Cycle Program
This program covers two retrievals and transfer of all resulting embryos. There is a medical criteria to qualify and eligible candidates may be entitled to a refund of up to 50% if the treatment is unsuccessful.
Three Cycle Program
Once again, there is a medical criteria to qualify. This program three retrievals and transfers of all resulting embryos. The program includes a 100 % refund if treatment does not work.
Multi cycle programs are also offered for patients considering the use of donor eggs or sperm.
Helpful Financing Programs
CapexMD offers competitive rates and specializes in providing fertility treatment financing.
UNC Fertility 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 (Yes)
- Verified lab accreditation (Yes)
UNC Fertility IVF Success Rates
Fresh Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates
According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,UNC Fertility in RALEIGH, NC performed 223 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||110||50||44||16||2||1|
|Live births (%)||43.8||48.7||40.0||3 / 9|
Frozen Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates
According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,UNC Fertility in RALEIGH, NC performed 120 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||64||26||24||3||1||2|
|Live births (%)||51.6||52.0||43.5||2 / 3||0 / 1|
Donor Eggs IVF Success Rates
In 2015,according to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,UNC Fertility in RALEIGH, NC performed 11 IVF cycles with fresh embryos from donor eggs and 18 IVF cycles with frozen embryos from donor eggs.
|Donor Eggs||Number of cycles||Live births (%)|
|Fresh Embryos||11||8 / 10|
|Frozen Embryos||18||4 / 16|