When you’re experiencing challenges trying for a baby, receiving advice and treatment can be time-sensitive in order to achieve success. 

We want to support you in every way we can and are now offering virtual consultations. Whether you are wishing to speak to a fertility specialist for the first time or are an existing patient, FerTel eHealth is a great way to connect with our team while protecting yourself from the risk of transmission.

In a virtual consult for a new patient, you will connect with your physician via Zoom Healthcare for a video chat. We know Zoom is a platform many are familiar with at this time, but if you haven’t used Zoom before, you will need to download the program to your computer (or app to your phone or tablet). 

Virtual consult appointments are available Monday-Friday and on the weekend. 

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Dr. Elie Hobeika discussing a new patient visit via telemedicine

Pre-Appointment Prep

Before your appointment, you will need to collect all relevant medical data for your doctor to review. The more information you can provide, the better and quicker your doctor can plan your next steps. 

Examples of relevant documents may include (for both partners):

  • Menstrual cycle tracking information (when your cycle began, duration of  your cycle, and/or cycle history)
  • Month/year when you started trying to conceive 
  • Dates of any pregnancy losses, and the circumstances
  • Documentation of any prior fertility treatment received (this includes ovulation induction with an Ob/Gyn)
  • Documentation of any medical diagnoses for both partners that can impact fertility potential (e.g. cancer diagnosis, PCOS, endometriosis)
  • Test results pertaining to fertility potential for either partner

Prior to your appointment, you will need to complete the New Patient Information received in your appointment confirmation email for both partners. This paperwork includes most of the information listed above. You will also need to provide digital copies of your driver’s license, insurance card, and a doctor’s referral if required.

Meeting With Your Doctor

During your Zoom meeting, you will meet with your physician to discuss your history and possible fertility treatment plan. You will be asked to share every detail, concern, and experience you’ve had on your journey to parenthood with your doctor. You won’t be rushed during this meeting – you are encouraged to take as long as you need; your doctor is there to listen and answer all of your questions.

Once all of your information has been reviewed and discussed, your physician can recommend possible next steps for diagnostic testing as well as discuss potential treatment options and explain the treatment process.

Your doctor will order fertility testing if you haven’t done any previously, such as a semen analysis, or having key female hormone levels such as anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) tested. The AMH and FSH tests are done on day 2-4 of the menstrual cycle along with additional blood work. A saline sonogram is completed on day 6-10 of the menstrual cycle.

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Dr. Edward Marut talking about a second opinion consultation via telemedicine.

Appointment Costs

Currently, there is no set standard for insurance providers regarding FerTel eHealth. However, in the midst of this pandemic, many providers are offering coverage and we encourage you to contact your provider for their coverage policy. You will want to speak with your employer and/or insurance company to confirm insurance coverage. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to determine your coverage. 

Next Steps After Consult

Upon completion of your initial FerTel eHealth consultation, patients wishing to move forward will be able to schedule any recommended diagnostic testing (blood work, semen analysis, a transvaginal ultrasound, and saline ultrasound testing) by making an appointment at our consolidated locations

We believe, like many other medical practices, that this type of testing can be done while continuing to follow all guidelines on social distancing, and will allow you to be optimally prepared once treatment cycles are able to resume. 

After your test results are received, you will meet virtually with your physician again to review and discuss your potential course of treatment. 

Virtual Support Groups

You do not need to be a patient of Fertility Centers of Illinois to receive our support. We offer three monthly support groups for pregnancy loss, single women, and infertility. Click here for our events calendar and to RSVP.

Updates to Services

The physicians are incredibly excited to resume all treatments including IUI, IVF, egg freezing, donor egg IVF, gestational carrier cycles, and frozen embryo transfer for patients. Due to safety reasons, some patients with serious underlying medical conditions at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 may not be allowed to pursue treatment at this time.

To make a virtual consult appointment, click here to submit a telemedicine request. 

We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve your dream of parenthood.