Infertility

If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, UMass Memorial Medical Center can help. Ours is the only hospital in Central Massachusetts with a team of fellowship-trained infertility specialists – doctors with advanced expertise in helping patients get pregnant – who offer complete evaluation and infertility treatment. Beginning in September 2020, the Medical Center will begin offering in vitro fertilization (IVF) services locally in Worcester – making us the only program in Central Massachusetts to offer these services.

What Is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as one year of attempting to get pregnant without success. This is a common issue and can occur for a variety of reasons. Because there are so many different causes of infertility, a comprehensive evaluation that supports both your physical and emotional health is an important first step. Your infertility evaluation may involve any or all of the following

  • Complete medical and reproductive history
  • Blood and imaging tests
  • Male infertility testing
  • Genetic consultation

Infertility Treatment Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center

Treatment depends on the cause of infertility and is carefully matched to your individual needs and concerns. Treatment for infertility may include:

  • Education and counseling
  • Medicines that help grow and release eggs from the ovaries (ovulation)
  • Surgery to correct anatomical (body structure) problems that prevent pregnancy
  • Collaboration with urologists for male infertility issues
  • Coordination of fertility treatments such as intrauterine insemination and IVF
  • Support of the decision to pursue adoption

When surgery is part of your fertility treatment, we offer the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques for less scarring, less pain and blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

Once pregnancy is achieved, you can return to your regular Ob/Gyn or primary care provider for care throughout your pregnancy.

In Vitro Fertilization Services

The success rate for achieving pregnancy through IVF is 35%. Our infertility patients who undergo in vitro fertilization are cared for by our expert staff and receive ongoing blood testing and ultrasound exams at the Medical Center. The IVF process for retrieving eggs, creating embryos (fertilizing the eggs) and implanting them inside the uterus currently is managed at our partner facility. You will be able to access this service locally at the Medical Center beginning in Fall 2020.

For additional information, please download our printable brochure, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Welcoming Environment

The Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility program at UMass Memorial welcomes LGBTQIA+ patients and families. Our program’s clinic serves people who identify as male, female, and non-binary, as well as those whose identity is transgender* or cisgender.* Thus, we are encouraging our sexual and gender minority community to seek care here.

With Pride, we help individuals and families of all backgrounds achieve their reproductive goals. From the receptionist to the chief of our department, our clinic has been trained to be inclusive and welcoming. If you find that we have more work to do, please send us an email or call us at: 508-334-1345.

*When you identify as Transgender, it means that your sex assigned at birth is not the same as your gender identity. When you identify as Cisgender, it means that your gender identity is the same as the sex you were assigned at birth.