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Helping Couples Conceive

April 2016


Ricardo A. Yazigi, M.D., earned his medical degree from the University of Chile (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago), pursued a research fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, and completed a clinical fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. He is currently assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Eugene Katz, M.D., earned his medical degree from the University of Chile. Dr. Katz started an ob-gyn residency atCatholic University in Santiago,Chile and completed his ob-gynresidency at Tulane University in New Orleans. He then completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Dr. Katz is currently assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland.


drMcclamrockHoward D. McClamrock, M.D., earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Maryland. Dr. McClamrock then joined the faculty at the University of Maryland’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, where he co-founded the IVF program along with Dr. Eugene Katz of Shady Grove Fertility’s Towson office.


drBeallStephanie Beall, M.D., Ph.D., earned her medical degree and doctorate from Brown University. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. Since 1991, more than 40,000 babies have been born to patients from all 50 states and over 35 countries around the world. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrine fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships with Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed, and the National Institutes of Health. Today, 34 reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and more than 600 highly specialized Shady Grove Fertility staff care for patients in 18 full-service offices and five satellite sites throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit




When is it time to see a specialist?

As physicians, we suggest seeking a complete fertility evaluation after 12 months of trying to conceive with no success when the female partner is under the age of 35, or after 6 months if age 35 to 39, or after 3 months for women if age 40 and over. Beyond age, it is important to be aware of several medical indications for seeing a fertility specialist sooner, such as irregular or absent menstrual cycles, abnormal semen analysis, two or more miscarriages, if you have been taking Clomid for 6 months or more without a change in the treatment, or if you have a known history of sexually transmitted infection, severe endometriosis, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
– Eugene Katz, M.D.

Just how common is infertility?

Many people find it surprising that a couple’s chance of pregnancy for women in their 20s is only about 20 percent each month. And it usually takes 5 to 7 months for the average fertile couple to conceive. Infertility does not discriminate and affects women and men equally. In fact, one in eight couples will have trouble conceiving and/or carrying a child to term. The largest contributor to a woman’s fertility is maternal age, as egg quality and quantity diminishes as a woman ages, making early diagnosis and treatment critical to achieving a pregnancy.
– Howard D. McClamrock, M.D.

What are the common misconceptions about infertility?
A major misconception is that seeing a fertility specialist automatically means you need to have in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is simply not the case. There are myriad treatments plans, and we work on finding the best course of action for each of our patients. In fact, nearly 50 percent of our treatments are considered basic, or low tech. Another common myth is that if you’re in good shape so is your fertility potential. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight are advantageous for many reasons, there can be underlying reasons for fertility issues.
– Stephanie Beall, M.D., Ph.D.

How does being overweight affect infertility?
While weight can easily be a touchy subject, it’s important to address in the context of a couple who is trying to become pregnant—on their own or with the help of fertility treatment. Studies have shown that, compared to normal weight women, overweight or obese women who are using assisted reproductive technology (ART) have lower pregnancy rates, higher miscarriage rates, and lower birth rates. In men, excess weight can affect sperm count and motility (movement), among other adverse effects. The good news is, even modest weight loss shows improvement.
– Ricardo A. Yazigi, M.D.

How much does infertility treatment cost?
When in need of fertility care, people often ask, “how will I pay for treatment?” The good news is 90% of patients have insurance coverage for their initial consult and 70% have some level of coverage for treatment. In addition, we have many exclusive programs such as Shared Risk 100% Refund Program, Shared Donor Egg, and Shared Help Discount that put your dream of becoming a parent within reach. I95
– Shady Grove Fertility Financial Counselors

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