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  1. (VIDEO) – Q&A with Jacksonville Moms Blog

    Dr. Brown sat down with the Jacksonville Moms Blog to discuss our services, when to see a specialist, lifestyle habits that affect fertility,  your first appointment, testing and more. You can watch the informational session below:

     

    Join us for a FB Live with Dr. Samuel E. Brown of Brown Fertility for a Q&A on infertility and to learn more about the services they provide. Brown Fertility is a fully comprehensive fertility clinic offering patients exceptional results through personalized care and world-class treatment plans. With over 30 years’ experience, and the management of more than 5,000 IVF cycles, the providers at Brown Fertility consistently achieve success rates above the national average. From basic evaluation and testing to the most advanced procedures and treatments available, Brown Fertility is dedicated to Conceiving Miracles™.For more about Brown Fertility visit: https://www.brownfertility.com/about-us/our-providers/meet-dr-brown/

    Posted by Jacksonville Moms Blog on Monday, July 23, 2018

    To learn more information about our fertility services, register for a free upcoming New Patient IVF Seminar in Jacksonville or Orlando or contact our offices to schedule an appointment at (904) 260-0352.

  2. Affording Infertility Treatment & Your Options

    For those struggling with infertility, many look to their insurance as a way to bear some of the cost. Insurance plans can vary greatly in what they cover and what they require for coverage as every state is different. At this time, Florida does not have any state laws that require insurance companies to cover infertility treatments as part of their plans. Although coverage isn’t mandatory, your plan may cover certain aspects of your fertility treatment.  It is important to do your research to see what your plan covers in terms of diagnostics and treatment before choosing a fertility clinic.

    Helpful questions to ask your insurance provider:

    • What coverage is available for infertility treatment in my plan?
      • Diagnosis coverage
      • Blood work
      • Office visits
      • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
      • Semen Analysis
    • Is a prior authorization needed for treatment?
    • Do I need to obtain a referral from my referring doctor before my first appointment with Brown Fertility?
    • Does my plan cover the cost of medications?
    • What is my annual of lifetime maximum benefit for infertility treatment?

    “What can I expect if I am a cash payer?”

    If your insurance plan does not offer any fertility coverage, our team will help you explore your financial options. At Brown Fertility, the cost for an initial appointment is $250. Once a treatment plan is decided between you and one of our providers, a financial consultation will be scheduled to discuss costs pertaining to your individual treatment plan, medication pricing and financial assistance.

    While prescription medications for any infertility treatment cycle is an outside cost paid directly to the pharmacy, we provide the tools and resources needed to apply for discounts. Discounts are determined by the pharmaceutical companies on factors including combined income and can range from 10% – 75% off. Brown Fertility has been able to secure the lowest pricing for medication in the Southeast.        

    Brown Fertility Standard Protocol (Medication)

    The biggest question we are asked is, “What is the cost for IVF?” To get an idea, the average cost of an IVF cycle in major Florida cities is between $10,000 and $16,000. This average does not take into consideration additional costs related to IVF including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), assisted hatching, freezing and the storage of remaining embryos. At Brown Fertility, our all-inclusive cost for IVF is $8,995.

    It’s important to not only take into account the cost of fertility treatment, but also the success rates associated with the center you choose. Brown Fertility is proud to have some of the highest IVF success rates in the country, all while keeping our cost to patients affordable. We encourage everyone who is planning to grow their family to visit our website to check out our latest published success rates.

     

    Financial Assistance

    We have exclusive partnerships with financial lending groups and below are a few options to help lift the financial burden:

    • Prosper Healthcare Lending

    Prosper is one of the nation’s leading online financing platforms for healthcare which aims to make healthcare affordable via:

    • Monthly payment plans
    • No transaction fees per funded loan
    • No risk process
      • Patients can receive pre-approval without affecting credit
      • Patients are given the opportunity to review terms and rates before accepting a loan.
    • BBVA
      • Brown Fertility has partnered with BBVA Compass to make treatment plan even more affordable with low monthly payments via a Signature Express Loan.
    • Loan amounts from $2,000 to $100,000
    • Fixed rate and monthly payments (up to 72 months)
    • No collateral needed, only your signature
    • Potential same-day approval and funding
    • Fixed APRs as low as 5.99%
    • No payoff penalties

    We understand navigating through the insurance maze can be stressful and we do not want financials to get in the way of achieving your dreams of having a baby. At Brown Fertility, we are aware that infertility treatment is an emotional and financial investment. We are committed to matching that investment with the highest quality of care to you and your growing family.

  3. In Vitro Maturation

    For many women, in vitro fertilization procedures (IVF) are a saving grace, a way to promote conception when all other avenues are bleak. However, this does not mean that IVF is an easy or comfortable journey. The process of taking hormones, extracting eggs, and implanting embryos in hopes of a successful attachment can be emotional and stressful, especially with weeks spent on hormone treatments and challenging extraction procedures. With in vitro maturation, however, a better alternative may be available.

    What Is IVM?

    IVM, or in vitro maturation, is a new procedure available at Brown Fertility. Unlike traditional IVF, which requires two or more weeks of hormone therapy treatments every cycle, IVM take an innovative approach to egg maturation for the benefit of the patient.

    The eggs within a woman’s body are stored in an immature state, meaning that a sperm cannot fertilize them until ovulation. Most medications used in IVF procedures are intended to facilitate the production of multiple mature eggs in one cycle. IVM, on the other hand, makes it possible to harvest eggs from a woman’s ovaries and mature them in a laboratory as opposed to within the body. This eliminates the need for high doses of stimulating hormones, allowing eggs to be retrieved at any time and fertilized using the normal IVF tools.

    IVF vs. IVM

    IVM is not a replacement for IVF, but it is a gentler approach to high tech reproduction. In fact, in eligible patients, IVM has a pregnancy rate comparable to IVF. Traditionally, physicians address medical problems with the least invasive treatments with the lowest risk of side effects first and then move on to more aggressive treatments if necessary. This is, in essence, the relationship between IVM and IVF. Patients at risk for dangerous side effects of IVF may wish to begin with IVM, a less invasive alternative.

    While in vitro maturation is practiced in centers across Asia and Europe, it is only now coming into popularity in the United States. IVM is much easier on the patient, but it is harder on the physician and laboratory. Dr. Bruce Rose, an industry leader in IVM in the U.S., has performed more than 200 IVM cycles and published research numerous papers on the topic. He joined Brown Fertility to bring this new technique to Northern Florida.

    Who Is a Candidate for IVM?

    Numerous candidates can be a good fit for IVM, both for personal and medical reasons. Medically, the best candidates are those patients with a large number of small cysts or antral follicles in their ovaries. These patients are at the highest risk for the most severe common complication of IVF: ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, or OHSS.

    OHSS aside, patients with a large number of resting follicles may experience bloating and abdominal cramping for weeks following IVF procedures as organs return to normal. As such, patients with PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, are the candidates most likely to benefit from IVM, but most young women will also have a large number of small follicles in their ovaries. Additionally, a select population of older women who do not have PCOS may also respond positively to IVM.

    A transvaginal ultrasound can evaluate the ovaries and determine candidacy.

    Pros and Cons of IVM

    While IVM should still be viewed as an experimental procedure, it does come with numerous benefits. IVM procedure costs are lower than IVF in that limited medications are used; the demands of IVF medication often constitute about 40% of the overall cost to undertake IVF. Except for process of egg harvesting, IVM is minimally disruptive to patients. It even works for patients who either struggle to ovulate or fail to ovulate with medications like clomid, Femara, or gonadotropins. IVM is minimally disruptive as well; IVM can be performed within days of important events, like weddings and graduations.

    If you are considering in vitro maturation, Brown Fertility is here to make a difference. We now offer an effective, more natural alternative to conventional IVF, helping women to find success in bringing new life into the world. Please contact us at (904) 260-0352 or (407) 244-5515 to learn more.

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