Women's Health

Infertility Services

For more information on infertility treatments and in vitro fertilization, visit our Common Questions about Infertility Treatments page. For women having trouble becoming pregnant, we offer outstanding infertility services. Our experienced and caring team members have worked side by side for many years to help people like you start a family. They’ll be with you throughout your fertility treatments. We offer full fertility and reproductive endocrinology care, and partner with UNC Fertility to provide the full scope of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and related assisted reproduction.

We invite you to meet with our fertility specialist to determine your next steps. You will undergo several tests to allow us to identify the cause of your infertility and develop a plan for conception. While fertility treatments may last several months, we will work closely and compassionately throughout your treatments. We also diagnose and surgically treat other conditions that interfere with fertility such as endometriosis and tubal disease.

Your infertility evaluation may include:

  • ovulation testing
  • ovarian reserve testing to determine your fertility potential
  • examination of fallopian tubes and uterus
  • evaluation of male fertility and semen analysis
  • blood tests as needed

Once we determine why you cannot become pregnant, your treatments may include:

  • ovulation induction, using oral or injectable medication
  • intrauterine insemination, in which sperm is inserted into the uterus
  • use of donor sperm
  • surgery to correct an underlying procedure

Some of our patients may need in vitro fertilization. This procedure joins healthy eggs (or oocytes) with sperm capable of fertilizing the egg, in a highly controlled setting. After three to five days, these embryos are implanted into a woman’s healthy uterus (or womb). In vitro fertilization is generally sought after other options have failed.

Our patients are referred for evaluation and IVF procedures by faculty members in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their office and laboratory facilities are located in Raleigh. Information regarding the full scope of their practice is on their website, www.uncfertility.com. Most of the visits for ultrasound and estrogen levels associated with IVF treatment are performed at ECU Women’s Physicians.

In vitro services include:

  • egg retrieval
  • use of donor eggs
  • intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the direct introduction of sperm into the egg
  • assisted hatching when needed
  • embryo transfer
  • egg preservation (freezing)

We invite you to call us with your questions or to schedule a consultation. We will explain the options for fertility treatments and provide information about the cost.