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Fertility testing and treatment: Why choose us?

BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. Choosing the right place for fertility testing and treatment is a crucial first step in your journey to parenthood. You need compassion, support and a care team you can trust. With BJC HealthCare, you’ll have access to: 

  • Regional fertility leaders: People from all over the Midwest turn to us for our expertise in fertility care. Our pregnancy and live birth rates from IVF at the Fertility and Reproductive Center at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish are consistently higher than the national average. 

  • High-volume fertility center: We evaluate and treat thousands of couples and individuals for infertility each year. These high numbers translate to a higher level of expertise in our physicians and more successful outcomes for our patients.

  • Experienced team: We partner with board-certified and fellowship-trained reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialists and genetic counselors and have experienced lab technicians. Their depth of expertise allows us to offer treatment even for the most complex cases of infertility. 

  • Advanced technologies: In 1985, the first baby in Missouri conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) was born. The parents received IVF treatment at the Washington University School of Medicine at Jewish Hospital, now Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Today, we continue to offer pioneering treatments to help you build a family. 

  • Personalized approach: Our goal is to provide the right fertility plan for your needs and situation. We tailor treatment to meet your individual needs. Treatment ranges from minimally invasive techniques or drug therapies to in vitro fertilization (IVF) or third-party reproduction (using donor sperm, donor eggs or a gestational carrier).

  • Inclusive care: We welcome all individuals, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or marital status. The Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital prides itself on offering comprehensive LGBTQIA+ family-building services. We are recognized as a 2022 Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. 

When should I consult a fertility specialist? 

You may feel confused and frustrated when pregnancy doesn’t happen according to plan. But a consultation with a fertility specialist can provide the answers and guidance you need. We recommend that you see a fertility specialist if you’ve been trying unsuccessfully for a year (six months if you’re over age 35) to become pregnant.

Seek help sooner if you: 

  • Experience irregular or painful periods

  • Experience two or more miscarriages in a row

  • Need cancer treatment (either partner)

About one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third to the male. In one-third of cases, both partners have factors that contribute. Our fertility doctors can test both partners to find out the cause of infertility — the first step toward successful treatment.

What causes infertility?

Simple tests such as blood tests, ultrasound imaging or semen analysis often can reveal fertility issues you or your partner may have. Armed with that information, you and your doctor can decide what fertility treatments best suit your needs.

Causes of infertility can include: 

  • Diminished ovarian reserve
    Women are born with all the eggs they’ll have in their life. Egg quantity and quality decreases after age 35, making it harder to get pregnant.
  • Endometriosis
    Uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, often on the ovaries or fallopian tubes, and may cause pelvic pain and other symptoms.
  • Male factor infertility
    Problems with sperm, such as quantity, shape, function or motility (how they move), can affect fertility.
  • Ovulation disorders
    When your ovaries don’t release eggs on a predictable cycle, it can be difficult to get pregnant.
  • Pelvic factor infertility
    Uterine abnormalities, scarring, fibroids or blocked fallopian tubes can cause infertility.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
    PCOS is a hormonal disorder that prevents normal ovulation. It can lead to cysts in the ovaries that may affect fertility.
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
    Some women get pregnant but are unable to carry the pregnancy to term. Recurrent pregnancy loss is two or more miscarriages in a row.
  • Unexplained infertility
    In up to 30% of people, test results don’t reveal a specific cause for infertility.
Fertility treatments and services at BJC

We draw on a broad range of infertility treatments, from medication to IVF, to optimize your chances of a successful pregnancy. Our surgeons can address some fertility problems, such as uterine fibroids or blocked sperm ducts, with minimally invasive surgical procedures. But your journey to parenthood will be unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all care plan.

Treatments and services we offer for infertility include: 

Medical therapies for infertility
Fertility drugs and intrauterine insemination (IUI) - a procedure that places sperm directly in your uterus - are common first-line fertility treatments.
In vitro fertilization (IVF)
During IVF, we implant a fertilized embryo directly into your uterus. We grow the embryo in vitro (outside your body) using an egg and sperm.
Fertility preservation
You may preserve eggs, sperm or reproductive tissue if you need cancer treatment or are getting older and not ready to start a family.
LGBTQ+ family building
Fertility options for same-sex and transgender couples and individuals include intrauterine insemination, IVF and gestational surrogacy.
Third-party reproduction
You may choose to use donor sperm, donor eggs, a donor embryo or a gestational carrier to get pregnant or build a family.
Genetic testing and counseling for infertility
We help you understand your chances of having a child with a genetic condition and may recommend genetic testing before or during IVF.

Schedule your appointment

Call (314) 362-9355 or (800) 392-0936 to schedule your appointment with a fertility specialist.  

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