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closure in the shortest time. First and
treatment depends on
choosing the best possible program. First-time patients who may
be “window shopping”
for an infertility doctor
should look for a practice with delivery rates
(not just pregnancy
rates) at or above the
national average, as
well as one that routinely performs genetic screening to identify embryos with
the greatest potential to become a healthy pregnancy. Our
combination of single-embryo transfer with comprehensive
chromosome screening has reported delivery rates above
60 percent, giving patients an uncompromised chance of
success with fewer complications.
Patients should be in the best possible psychological
and physical state when starting this journey. To that end,
we treat the whole person, not just the reproductive cycle.
Along with the most advanced technologies, we provide
many wellness services and have social workers and psychologists on staff. This approach not only addresses factors that may impact
success, but also
empowers patients at a
time when they may be
feeling a loss of control
over their circumstances.
Lastly, we know
that age is one of the
biggest barriers in a
woman’s ability to get pregnant, so when care begins can
really make a difference. If you’re under 35 and have been
trying to conceive for more than one year, it’s time to get
evaluated and investigate treatment options; if you’re over
35, seek evaluation after six months. And, if you’ve been
in treatment for more than one year or have had two IVF
cycles without success, it’s time for a second opinion.
“With each passing
year, infertility treatment becomes more
—Dr. Shefali M. Shastri
Shefali M. Shastri, MD.