Infertility

Lakewood Health System has become northern Minnesota’s center of excellence for those seeking reproductive and infertility treatment. We specialize in finding solutions to help you achieve your dream of becoming a parent.

Using a team approach, we combine high quality medical care with the latest technology and a caring, compassionate staff to achieve success, which is well above the national average.

Lakewood Health System partners with Reproductive Medicine Infertility Associates (RMIA) to provide our patients with a comprehensive program, which includes basic fertility evaluation and a wide range of reproductive services.

Click here for a VIDEO to learn more about the infertility services at Lakewood.

Click on the "Documents" icon on the right to read Missy Trees' success story with Lakewood's infertility program.

CLICK HERE to read about one family's infertility experience on the Mom Squad blog!

History
This is done to get clues as to the cause of your infertility. Questions will include medical, surgical, gynecological and obstetric history, as well as some “lifestyle” questions.

Physical Exam
Often, a physical exam is performed. This may include a pelvic ultrasound, to help uncover abnormalities along with lab tests to assess the quantity and quality of the woman’s egg supply.

Semen Analysis
This important test is typically done early in the evaluation process. If a defect is discovered, the testing on the female might be modified while immediate therapy is directed to the male.

Blood Tests
Depending on each situation, additional blood tests on either the female or male may be needed.

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
The HSG test uses X-ray technology to create a picture of the uterus and fallopian tubes. This allows your healthcare provider to see if there is any damage to your reproductive system.

Artificial Insemination
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is when “washed” sperm are placed into a female’s uterus or cervix, using artificial means. This option can help couples with a diagnosed sperm condition or unexplained fertility problem.

Follicular Studies
Follicular monitoring is the most accurate way to assess an ovulatory cycle and predict the best time for fertilization.

Donor Sperm
Donor insemination can be used as an effective treatment when it is combined with Artificial Insemination or In Vitro Fertilization.

Stimulation Therapy
Women in treatment for infertility may use drug therapy to stimulate the ovaries’ egg production.

In Vitro Fertilization
In this procedure, eggs are removed from the mother, and then fertilized in a laboratory using sperm from the mother’s partner or a donor. After fertilization and incubation, the reproductive endocrinologist transfers the embryos back to the mother’s uterus or to a gestational carrier.

Egg Donation Program
This is an important option for women who are unable to produce enough ovarian reserves for viable eggs. Once the eggs are obtained from a donor, an embryologist fertilizes them with the mother’s partner, or a donor’s sperm. After incubation, a reproductive endocrinologist transfers the embryos back to the mother’s uterus.

Gestational Carrier
A gestational carrier is a woman who is willing and able to carry another woman’s baby to term. After an embryologist uses the mother’s partner, or a donor’s sperm to fertilize the mother’s eggs, the viable eggs are incubated in the laboratory. A reproductive endocrinologist will transfer viable embryos to the gestational carrier’s uterus.

The field of medicine has made significant strides in fertility treatment options. As advanced as these options are, most insurance companies do not cover these treatments.

We understand what the financial implications can mean to prospective parents. To assist in your financial concerns, RMIA and Lakewood Health System have established a financial risk-sharing program through a Fertility Cost Warranty Program (FCWP). Candidates who do not qualify for FCWP do have other options available to them to aid in assuring that funds will be available for other alternatives to becoming a parent.

With more than 40 years of combined experience in caring for women just like you, our Beginnings Infertility Program team is made up of a group of committed, compassionate healthcare professionals including:

  • Carol Uhlman, OB/GYN, Beginnings Infertility Program Director
  • Kelly Thompson, N.P.-C.
  • Tina Wood, LPN
  • Sandy Zetah, LPN

 
Specializing in women’s healthcare and high-risk pregnancies, our team is one that truly cares and understands you and your situation. In fact, our very own Kelly Thompson, N.P.-C., has five beautiful children of her own through In Vitro Fertilization.

The Lakewood Health System Beginnings Infertility Program team…here to help make your dreams of parenthood a reality.

Click on "Documents" on the right to see who we are.

Contact
Women's Health Case Coordinators
218-894-8409, 218-894-8816
Medical Staff
Nurse Practitioner
Kelly Thompson, NP-C
Nurse Practitioner
Kelly VanVickle, NP-C


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