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Undergoing treatment for infertility can be a stressful journey. At UNC Fertility, we are here to help you along the way to achieve your dream of parenthood; so we've compiled a list of most FAQ to help get you started.

What is the Cost of the Process/What Can I Expect to Pay?
After your initial consult, your physician will come up with a treatment plan and the financial counselors will send you expected costs based on your protocol. Any treatment coverage and out-of-pocket costs will be based on your insurance policy. We do not offer payment plans and costs are expected at the time of visit.

Will I See My Provider for ALL Visits?
At UNC Fertility, we have qualified PA’s, fellows, and other physicians that will be helping with some of the diagnostic testing. They will be working closely with your primary physician to ensure all info is relayed to you.

What Do I Need to Bring When Providing a Semen Sample?
You should always bring a hard copy of a government-issued photo ID to appointments. If you are dropping off a sperm sample, we will be UNABLE to accept this sample unless you bring a photo ID.

Do You Treat Unmarried or Same-Sex Couples?
UNC Fertility is an inclusive clinic that provides expert fertility medical treatment for married and unmarried couples, same sex couples, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

Do You Have a BMI or Age Cut-Off for Evaluation?
Our providers at UNC Fertility will perform fertility testing and discuss options for pregnancy with women of all ages and BMIs. We typically offer IVF using a woman’s own eggs to women aged 43 and younger, and for women with a BMI <45. Please note that we will always consider each patient’s plan of care on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Please speak to your provider so they can counsel you and further discuss our recommendations, policies, and procedures for fertility treatment.

What is Infertility?
Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to achieve a pregnancy after a considerable amount of time (usually one year for females under the age of 35 or six months for a female over the age of 35) of regular unprotected sexual relations. Infertility also includes a woman being unable to carry a pregnancy to live birth.

How Common is Infertility?
Approximately one in every 8 couples is affected by infertility; with both partners carrying a 35% chance of having the condition.

What are Some Causes of Infertility?
• Ovulation Disorders
• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
• Endometriosis
• Male factors
• Aging (fertility significantly begins to decline after age 35)
• Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
• Genetic conditions or disease
• Smoking, drinking, or drugs
• Recurrent miscarriage

What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?
A procedure in which one or more eggs, each removed from a ripe follicle, is fertilized by a sperm outside the human body and then replaced in the uterus to mature.

What is Artificial Insemination?
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a common fertility treatment and involves introducing a sperm concentrate directly into the uterine cavity at the time of ovulation when a mature egg is released from the ovary. Careful timing of IUI to coincide with the time of ovulation is key to the success of treatment.

What is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)?
Any procedure that involves the removal of eggs from a woman prior to fertilization, such as in vitro fertilization.