Infertile patients cannot afford to wait for treatment while their eggs get older.
Dr. Sherman Silber, Infertility Center of St. Louis, is offering free video consultations for patients who need to plan now for their treatment while stay-at-home orders are in place. He is talking to and evaluating patients in their home via to comply with social distancing measures.
Dr. Silber is discovering that patients actually prefer this method of telemedicine consultation over the conventional office visit. Patients have conveyed that “it is so much more convenient and less stressful” to have a free telemedicine personal consultation than to take a day off from work to travel to the doctor’s office and sit with other nervous patients in the waiting room.
The COVID-19 pandemic is thus changing much of the way we will do things in the future, and for the better. "Our patients are surprisingly much happier with this approach. Of course, at some point we need to perform hands on treatment. But with this new manner of seeing patients, we can come to the right diagnosis and treatment plan for most patients more efficiently, quickly, and painlessly, with no loss of personal one-on-one communication.” This is a very welcome new era of telemedicine that has been forced on us by the current difficult times.
If you have any questions, you may call us at(314) 576-1400.
“Dr. Silber is world leader & pioneer of the most widely used in vitro fertilization techniques. His patients fly in long from distances all over the world for treatment at his fertility center and, he is happy to take care of the most difficult cases with warm personal attention and great technical skill.“
Preparing for IVF
Unfortunately IVF has become so popular as a treatment for infertile couples, that sometimes without adequate supervision or serious regulation, some small “IVF” centers are opening up in little doctors’ office buildings, and non-experts or newly self-proclaimed “fertility doctors” are delivering the IVF care.
It is best to look for IVF in the setting of a major quality medical center that is more concerned about the practice of good medicine than about your checkbook, and which has invested heavily in the highest standards “clean room” air purification systems, and the most up to date and modern equipment. More importantly you need a very professional team that is accomplished and really knows what they are doing. So you are going to need to do your research.
When patients contemplate IVF, their first reaction is often the fear of daily injections of hormones for months, the incredibly high cost of the drugs, the risk of multiple pregnancy and consequent prematurity, side effects related to high levels of estrogen resulting from large numbers of eggs, hyperstimulation syndrome, and the prospect of painful daily progesterone injections for a full ten weeks even after the IVF procedure. We try to soften those fears by making your procedure very user friendly and we have the technological know-how to avoid those complications and unpleasantries. You can call us every day, or 10 times a day, 24/7, with any questions or concerns.
Since infertility treatment is expensive, we try to soften its impact by achieving the highest possible pregnancy rates, and thus reduce the number of treatment attempts and the overall expense. We also make sure not to charge extra for unnecessary testing or ineffective preliminary treatment approaches. We only recommend what we feel is necessary to help you achieve a pregnancy as soon as possible. Furthermore, we have no hidden extra charges added on, which in many clinics result in much higher costs than you would have anticipated. For example, we do ICSI and assisted hatching for every cycle, with no “extra charge”, and we also have no extra charge for freezing your extra embryos. Finally many patients qualify for our “mini-IVF” protocol which makes the cycle dramatically easier and cheaper.
What If It Does Not Work?
Usually, we will have extra healthy frozen embryos to use at a later date. We will advise you on the next steps and eventually you will have a baby.