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When to see a fertility specialist

Having difficulty getting pregnant can be frustrating for both women and their partners. The stress and anxiety of trying over and over without natural results can be tiring. 

If you’ve been trying to conceive for months without success, then you are probably asking yourself:

Should you keep trying, or is it time to consult with a fertility specialist? 

The right time to see a fertility specialist

For women:

It can be beneficial for all women looking to conceive to visit a fertility specialist regardless of their health. 

But there are a few reasons to consider scheduling an appointment sooner rather than later:

  1. Possibility of early menopause 

If your mother or sister went through menopause before they were 45, your chances of entering menopause earlier are higher. 

Once menopause begins, you cannot conceive naturally. If early menopause runs in your family, consider seeing a fertility doctor.

  1. A history of pelvic disease or surgery 

You should visit a fertility specialist if you have a history of pelvic disease or surgery. Both can lead to the development of scar tissue, which can damage your ovaries or cause blockages in the fallopian tubes. 

  1. Failed cycles of Clomiphene or Letrozole 

If you have already gone through failed cycles of Clomiphene or Letrozole, it can be frustrating. However, don’t let a few failed cycles prevent you from learning about your options. A fertility specialist can guide you in the right direction.

  1. Autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases can also make conception more complicated. Hypothyroidism, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other issues pose additional challenges. 

A fertility doctor could help you work around autoimmune diseases and make your dreams of starting a family more attainable. 

  1. If you are thinking about delaying childbearing until after 30 

As you may know, as you age conception becomes even more difficult. With a diminished number of viable eggs, it can take you even longer to get pregnant. 

If you have plans to further delay parenthood, you should consult with a specialist. They can help you make a plan to fit childbearing into your life without having to rush into it.

For men:

The burden of being ready for childbearing is not entirely placed on the woman. Men can also have issues that make the fertilization process more difficult. 

For these issues, men are referred to a Urologist who specializes in fertility.

You should visit a Urologist if you:

  1. Are unable to achieve an erection or ejaculation 

It’s very common for couples to have problems conceiving when the man is experiencing diminished sexual functioning.

  1. Have low sperm count, poor sperm motility or morphology

A low sperm count or poor sperm motility can make fertilization harder. 

Sperm count is considered to be low if it’s less than 10 million per milliliter (<10 Million per ml.). Sperm motility is deemed to be poor if it’s below 40% (<40%). And morphology, which refers to the shape and size of the sperm, is considered to be poor if it’s below 4% (<4%)

As a couple:

  1. If you have tried to conceive for six or more months and the woman is 35 or older

The ability to conceive diminishes as a woman approaches her mid-thirties. As women age, the number of eggs in the ovaries decreases, making it harder to achieve a natural pregnancy. 

  1. History of multiple miscarriages 

If you have two or more miscarriages, it’s a good time to consider seeing a fertility specialist. There are many reasons why miscarriages occur:

  • It could be due to the natural decrease in viable eggs available.
  • Presence of uterine masses.
  • Hormonal or immunological abnormalities. 
  • Chromosomal abnormalities in the embryos.
  • And a host of other reasons. 
  1. If you have plans to start chemotherapy 

Specific cancer treatments can harm your fertility. The effects might be temporary or permanent.

If you, or your partner, plan to start cancer treatment and want to preserve your fertility, talk to your doctor and a fertility specialist as soon as possible. 

How to find the right fertility specialist for you?

Finding the right fertility specialist may be easier than you think. There are many resources that you can rely on:

You can start by asking your primary care physician, OBGYN, or Urologist for a trusted recommendation. 

Your friends are another great resource. Of course, if you choose to take a friend’s recommendation, be sure to check out the doctor for yourself as well. 

If you don’t have anyone that you know personally, you can check with your local medical society. They can provide you with a list of specialists in your area.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association have directories of specialists on hand that they can refer you to.

Another option is to research private fertility clinics in your area and clinics at nearby medical schools or hospitals. Contact the directors to learn more about fertility care at their clinic.

What questions should you ask? 

The first few visits to a fertility specialist can be nerve-wracking, but coming prepared helps.

Here’s a list of questions you definitely want to ask:

  1. How is infertility diagnosed?
  2. What diagnostic tests would you recommend, and what do they cost?
  3. How long do the diagnostic tests take?
  4. How do lifestyle habits affect fertility?
  5. How does my health affect my fertility? 
  6. What type of treatments do you recommend?
  7. How successful is each treatment? 
  8. Can you put us in touch with former patients who had similar treatments?
  9. How much do the treatments cost?
  10. How soon can I begin treatment?

The answers to those questions will provide you with the tools and information that you will need to move forward on your journey.

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Fertility Treatment Options

Finding out that you, or your partner, are infertile doesn’t have to stop you from having the family you want. Fertility treatments are a safe way to get pregnant despite infertility. 

Fertility treatments are becoming increasingly popular as more and more couples rely on them to start their families.

But once you decide that fertility treatments are something that you want to try, where do you start? 

There’s a wide range of information available online about fertility treatments, but the best way to start is by talking to your doctor. 

Your doctor can give you the advice and guidance that you need.

Fertility Treatment Tests

To start, your doctor will put you through a series of tests to determine which treatment is right for you. 

Women and men go through different tests. 

For women, tests include blood work, transvaginal ultrasound, and a hysterosalpingogram (HSG):

  1. Blood work is required to evaluate the hormones that can tell your doctor important information about your ovarian health and egg numbers.
  2. Next, the doctor will perform a transvaginal ultrasound. This allows the doctor to gather additional information on your ovaries, endometrial lining, and uterus. 
  3. The last test is a hysterosalpingogram (HSG). This evaluates the shape of the uterus and checks to see if your fallopian tubes are normal.

For men, the doctor needs to conduct a semen analysis to determine semen volume, and sperm concentration, movement, and shape. 

After these tests, your doctor can determine which fertility treatment might suit you better.

Most Common Fertility Treatment Options

Your doctor will walk you through your options, but it’s good to know what to expect. 

The three most common fertility treatments are surgery, ovulation induction, and in vitro fertilization.

1. Surgery

After looking at your ultrasound and the results of the other tests, your doctor may find the issue that is preventing you from becoming pregnant. 

If your infertility is the result of a physical blockage or abnormality that prevents conception or implantation, surgery is often the only method available to correct the problem. 

There are different minimally invasive surgical procedures which your doctor might suggest as your case’s best course of action:

  • Laparoscopy is performed to assess or treat problems in the pelvic cavity, outside of the uterus. Laparoscopy can be performed for the treatment of endometriosis, pelvic scarring, and other conditions.
  • Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows your doctor to examine and perform procedures on the inside of the uterus. When performed for fertility treatment, it usually involves the removal of uterine fibroids, polyps, or adhesions. But there’s no need to worry, Hysteroscopies and laparoscopies are very common procedures. 
  • A Myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids. These benign tumors can complicate or even prevent pregnancy; therefore, fertility treatment may require their removal.
  • Tubal Cannulation might be needed to clear certain types of blockage that occur near the proximal end of the fallopian tube.

2. Ovulation Induction 

Ovulation happens each month naturally, but if you have certain complications that cause your ovulation cycle to be irregular or cause you to produce fewer eggs, you may benefit from ovulation induction.

This is simpler than surgery. Your doctor will prescribe you a medication that helps you ovulate or gets you to release more than one egg at a time. Ovulation induction vastly improves your chances of releasing an egg for fertilization. 

There are medications like Clomid (clomiphene) that temporarily block your estrogen receptor, which contributes to issues with ovulation.

To stimulate egg growth and develop, there are injections like Gonal-F, Follistim, Bravelle, and Menopur.

3. In-vitro Fertilization (IVF)

If your doctor finds that you have blocked tubes, endometriosis, or a poor ovarian reserve (not many eggs available in the ovaries), IVF might be the best option for you.

IVF is the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology. The procedure can be done using your own eggs and your partner’s sperm.

During IVF, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab, to then be incubated for three to six days. After that, the fertilized egg or eggs are transferred to the uterus. One full cycle of IVF takes about three weeks, and sometimes, more than one cycle might be required. 

About 12 days to two weeks after egg retrieval, your doctor will test a sample of your blood to detect whether you’re pregnant.

Depending on your case, you might need to take several different medications:

  • To stimulate your ovaries, you might receive an injectable medication containing a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a luteinizing hormone (LH), or a combination of both.
  • To help your eggs mature, you will take human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).
  • You might have to take medications to prevent your body from releasing the developing eggs too soon.
  • Or you might have to begin taking progesterone supplements to make the lining of your uterus more receptive to implantation.

Now that you know the different fertility treatment options, schedule an appointment with your doctor to explore them further.

If you are currently undergoing any of the fertility treatment options mentioned above, at SMP Pharmacy, we can cover all of your fertility medication needs.

The most important part of our job is making sure that your treatment goes well.

If you are interested in learning more about our pharmacy and how we can help you give us a call at 1-855-255-5005.

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Searching for the right fertility pharmacy is easier when you know what to look for. 

 

With so many available options, it may seem easier to pick the first pharmacy you come across and begin your treatment. But doing your research before committing to one is essential to the success of your treatment. 

 

Here are the top six things you need to consider when choosing a fertility pharmacy:

1. Staff’s Fertility Expertise and Experience.

 

Your unique fertility needs should not be left to a pharmacy that’s new to the field. 

 

When you begin researching fertility pharmacies, look for one with pharmacists with real clinical expertise, and advanced training in fertility medications and treatments. They understand the process you are going to go through and can better answer your questions and guide you.

2. List of Fertility Medications Offered

 

There are a number of fertility medications in the market, you want to make sure that your pharmacy stocks the medications that your fertility specialist prescribes. 

 

Pharmacies with a large stock of medications are best for ensuring seamless prescription order fulfillment. 

 

  1. Live Support

 

Because of the complexity and the cost of fertility treatments, you’ll want to take your medication properly and on time. 

 

While following your doctor’s instructions is your best course of action, you’ll likely have questions along the way. 

 

A good fertility pharmacy allows you to have access to experienced fertility treatment professionals to answer your questions. 

 

Look for a fertility pharmacy that offers live phone support.

 

  1. Shipment Options and Express Shipping

 

Many fertility medications require refrigeration and other special handling. 

 

An unreliable fertility pharmacy may ship your medications off schedule or at the wrong temperature jeopardizing your entire cycle. 

 

For this reason, the fertility pharmacy you choose should be equipped to send your medicine by express shipping (24-48 hours) in well-insulated packages to the location most convenient for you, be it your home, doctor’s office, or another suitable venue. 

 

If you live near the pharmacy and the pharmacy has a physical location, you should be able to pick the medicine there.

 

  1. Are Supplies Included with your Medication?

 

Fertility treatments are more than just a pill that you take. Other supplies may be necessary for proper administration, and it should not be up to you to make sure that you have these on hand.

 

The fertility pharmacy that you choose should include all needles, syringes, alcohol swabs, and any other supplies in your shipment. 

 

The best fertility pharmacies work hard to make the process as simple as possible for you. By supplying all of the necessary components, your pharmacy can help you stay on schedule. 

 

  1. Coordination With Your Doctor

 

Maybe the most important quality to look for in your fertility pharmacy is their ability and willingness to work with your doctor. 

 

Simple coordination between your fertility pharmacy and doctor helps to ensure that your needs are met and that the medications you are taking align with your treatment plan. 

 

Choose a fertility pharmacy that is willing to work directly with your doctor or doctor’s office to offer you a customized treatment.

 

As we said at the beginning of this article, your fertility pharmacy should be your partner throughout your entire fertility treatment process. Having the right fertility pharmacy by your side will make your treatment process simpler.

 

We know you have a lot on your plate when you are about to begin your fertility treatment. But we are here to help you along the way. 

 

SMP Pharmacy Solutions works hard to fulfill all of these requirements and help make your treatment as safe and effective as possible.

 

Our pharmacy connects you with a Fertility Care Coordinator who can assist you with your medications from ordering them to administering them. They can also help you find the coverage you need through your health insurance plan and even help you save with our savings and financing programs. 

 

Learn why you should choose SMP Pharmacy as your fertility pharmacy.


If you need to contact one of our fertility specialists, you can do so by calling us today at 888-846-6745

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At SMP, we run a unique, unparalleled program for fertility clinics called SMP VIP. We get the best feedback every day from fertility clinics around the country who can’t get enough of SMP VIP. What is it? We interviewed our Chief Pharmacist, Jenny, to get the inside scoop.

 

What is SMP VIP?

At SMP we believe every patient deserves the highest standards of service and quality. In order to make things easier for both staff and patients, SMP designed the SMP VIP program. This program is a summary of every service a fertility pharmacy should offer to their partner clinics in order to simplify the patient’s fertility journey, save time, and increase the chances of a positive outcome.

 

What value do patients receive when utilizing SMP for their medications?

SMP is a specialized fertility pharmacy with over seventeen years of experience in the area. Every process related to delivering fertility medications has been optimized to improve the patient’s experience. We offer patients access to fertility organizations that may provide financial support. SMP also operates a PCAB accredited compounding lab to develop personalized medications for fertility patients.

 

How does a clinic become an SMP VIP clinic?

Any fertility clinic can join SMP VIP easily and for free. Just call at 855.255.5005 or join online.

 

How can new clinics (who haven’t worked with SMP before) prescribe medications to be delivered through SMP?

Clinics can give us a call at 855.255.5005 or fill out this form and we will get in contact with them as soon as possible.

What value do patients get out of getting medications from SMP (versus other pharmacies)?

SMP is a fertility specialized pharmacy with over 10 years of experience in the area. Every process related to delivering fertility medications has been optimized to improve the patient’s experience. We offer patients access to fertility organizations that offer financial support in some cases. SMP also operates a compounding lab to develop personalized medications for fertility patients.

 

Does SMP offer resources to patients?

At SMP Pharmacy we offer a support platform for fertility patients that includes access to a pharmacist 24/7, instructional videos for injectable medications, easy online medication refills, and access to financing and saving programs.

 

What does SMP do to assist with prior authorization?

We have a Prior Authorization team with over ten years of experience that will work with insurance companies to optimize coverage.

 

Does working with SMP for your patients save your clinic staff time?

 At SMP, we will always work with your office to make your patient’s experience as easy as possible. Our PA team will take care of your patient’s insurance needs. Our Online platform allows international patients to communicate on WhatsApp, text, or email quickly. We offer patients and online refill option. We offer a wide variety of financing options for our patients to alleviate the economic burden of fertility treatments.

 

Why do some patients ask for their medications to be filled through SMP?

We always offer personalized service to patients. At SMP all patients are VIPatients and our online ratings prove this.

 

What medications does SMP offer?

We offer a full line of fertility medications – including Gonal F, Follistim, Menopur, Ganirelix, Cetrotide, Lupron … the list goes on!

 

Does SMP offer financial solutions to patients?

At SMP, we will explore every financial options available including manufacturer coupons and discounts, financial aid and financing in order to reduce the final amount and make medications as affordable as possible.

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At SMP, all patients are VIPatients. What does that mean? It means we are committed to bringing best-in-class service, willing to go the extra mile in order to make sure every single patient gets the best experience with their fertility medications when they are ordered and delivered through SMP.

For more info, we asked our Chief Pharmacist, Jenny, on how the pharmacy team makes sure that each and every fertility patient gets a VIP experience when they fill their medications at SMP.

Why should I get my medications filled at SMP?

We are the top-rated fertility pharmacy in the US. We offer personalized service to every patient and will work with your doctor to make your fertility journey as easy as possible. At SMP all patients are VIPatients.

How does cost at SMP compare to cost at other pharmacies?

At SMP we work closely with drug manufacturers to make sure all available coupons and discounts are applied, including Compassionate Care, which can save patients up to 75% of the cost of some medications. We also partnered with LendingClub and CapexMD to allow patients to finance their medication cycles.

Can I get my prescriptions sent in the mail? How long does it take?

SMP is the only EMD Serono fertility pharmacy (they are the only manufacturers of many fertility medications, such as Gonal-F) with locations on both the East and West coast and licensed in all 50 States. We offer free same-day delivery for orders in south Florida and southern California, free next-day delivery for orders above $500, and free two-day delivery.

What kind of support does the SMP staff provide to patients?

Financial Support: We know the financial burden infertility treatment may pose, that’s why we work hard to offer financial assistance and financing alternatives to every qualifying patient.

Prior Authorization Support: In some cases, expensive medications and treatments take longer to get approved by insurance companies, and sometimes it can become a tricky process. SMP counts with a PA support team with over 10 years of experience that will help you get the most of your insurance.

International Patients Support: People from all over the world come to the US to get treated for infertility. We offer multilingual support and extended chat hours to make sure every patient’s needs are covered, no matter where they are.

Third-Party Support: We know every patient has different needs, that’s why at SMP we have a specialized team to take care of donor/gestational carrier prescriptions.

Increased Access: At SMP we offer a wide variety of ways to get in touch with our team including WhatsApp, WeChat, Live website chat, our toll-free lines, and our 24/7 pharmacist line. We also offer quick online refills and a library of instructional videos for injectable medications.

How do I know how to administer the medications?

We offer a great variety of resources for our patients including our instructional videos page, which explains the process of each injectable medication we dispense; our FAQ section with fertility-related information; and our 24/7 pharmacist direct line (786.999.3030) for any questions or concerns.

What medications can I get filled at SMP?

We fill almost every fertility medication. View the full list of medications offered at SMP.

Can I get multiple medication deliveries during one cycle? Or should I fill all of my prescriptions at the beginning of the cycle?

Patients can choose to get their medications delivered all at once or divided along the entire cycle. It’s up to the patient to decide which they prefer.

What if I don’t use all the medications that were delivered?

Unfortunately, we are not able to take back any medication. You can always save them in case you need them for future fertility treatment.

What should I do if I experience side effects from the medications I’m taking?

In case of an emergency please call 911. For any other question, please use our 24/7 pharmacist line (786.999.3030) or chat with us at smppharmacy.com

Who will compare my current medication list to my fertility medication list and make sure they don’t interact negatively?

Our expert team of fertility pharmacists will go over your current medications to make sure there are no adverse effects. That’s why is important for patients to mention their current medications and known allergies to us before their treatment.

As you can see, at SMP, our team cares a lot about making sure that patients have the smoothest, most successful, and overall best experience possible on their fertility journey – and we know that a lot of important steps in your fertility journey come from your pharmacy. We’re committed to being the best possible partner and we love welcoming new VIPatients to SMP.

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Florida-based SMP Pharmacy Solutions announces the strategic acquisition of Northridge Plaza Pharmacy to serve growing demand in California fertility market

Los Angeles, CA. October 4, 2019 –SMP Pharmacy Solutions, one of the fastest-growing privately owned pharmacies is now set to open a brick-and-mortar location to locally support fertility clinics in California and surrounding states.

The acquisition of Northridge Plaza Pharmacy (NPP), a well-known and trusted entity among fertility clinics in California, is part of a strategic expansion plan that will allow SMP to enhance its local presence in the West Coast region – where demand for support of the growing fertility market is among the highest in the U.S.

“We are excited to extend SMP’s white-glove services to the West Coast. This signifies a major step in our mission to provide our industry-leading services throughout the nation” said Armando Bardisa, CEO of SMP Pharmacy Solutions. SMP will provide a host of differentiated services to offices and patients to include personalized patient care, superior office support, and a robust technological platform.

The core values of NPP are similar to those of SMP Pharmacy Solutions; a highly personalized approach to customer service and a high standard of excellence. “We are confident that SMP will build upon the foundation we have worked hard to create here at NPP. Our patients and providers will be as thrilled as we are,” states Karen and Silva Ekizian, Owners of Northridge Plaza Pharmacy.

NORTHRIDGE PLAZA PHARMACY

Northridge Plaza Pharmacy was founded in 1993 by the late Rafi Ekizian, with a mission to provide quality pharmacy services in Northridge and its neighboring communities. NPP’s current operators, the Ekizian family, are confident that SMP will continue to provide true healthcare value to the California community.

SMP PHARMACY SOLUTIONS

Since 2003 SMP has grown from a local retail operation to a national award-winning fertility specialty pharmacy with licenses in 50 states and strategic partnerships with leading manufacturers. In 2018 SMP partnered with a healthcare-focused investment firm, Galen Partners, to help usher in the next phase of the pharmacy’s growth and service level. SMP has developed specific therapeutic expertise in fertility pharmacy and specialty services, holding major accreditations including URAC, ACHC, and PCAB. For information, call 855-255-5005 or send an email info@smppharmacy.com. Also, visit www.smppharmacy.com.

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Fertility treatment is expensive. Most patients have no insurance coverage for their treatment, and even for the ones who do, some have coverage for the procedure, but not for the medications. Unfortunately, most people end up having to pay for their fertility medications themselves.

Because of the high cost of fertility treatment, many people have to get financing for multiple services – the fertility clinic, the medications, and more. This allows patients to pay off the cost of the procedure over several years, rather than having to pay the entire cost upfront. What’s more, with many of the participating lenders, you can submit one application for all of the fertility treatment amounts you need help with (fertility clinic, medications, genetic testing, donor services, etc.). Then, you’ll make your monthly payment to the lender, and the lender will coordinate payment directly to each of the providers.

At SMP, we’re a partner with some of the most common fertility financing companies, including Lending Club and CapexMD. These companies specialize in financing support for fertility patients, which means they are great partners in all aspects of the fertility journey. These financing providers also work with the majority of fertility clinics, so even if you need financing for medications in addition to your fertility clinic, you’ll only need to work with one lender. That’s a lot of time you’ll save by:

  • Only submitting one financing application (which checks your credit to obtain the rate you’ll receive)
  • Only submitting payments to one lender
  • Only having to keep track of one account, that you can use with multiple fertility providers (clinics, pharmacies, etc.)

So, what are the steps when you want to get a loan for your fertility medications and pay it off over time, instead of paying the entire cost upfront? The process is relatively short and simple – and the SMP team is your ally in getting it done:

  1. Have your fertility clinic write the prescriptions for the medications you need, and send them to SMP.
  2. Get a pricing quote from the SMP team, so you know how much you need to be financed. SMP will get other information from you then too, such as the address where the medications should be shipped. The SMP team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (855) 255-5007.
  3. Apply for a fertility financing program online. Apply at Lending Club here, or apply at CapexMD here. Good news – applying for these will not impact your credit score! (If you’ve already applied for fertility financing, contact that company to add the price of medication to your loan.)
  4. Once you’ve submitted your application, it can be approved, and the loan amount sent to SMP, in as little as 1-2 business days. Then, the medications can be sent to you from SMP!

The good news is, the SMP team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you through this process. Any questions about the fertility financing program can be answered by our team. In one year alone, we helped SMP patients finance over $1 million in medications, at an average APR of 10.9%. The good news is, if you have good credit and elect a plan as short as 24 months, you can get an APR as low as 4.99%! At SMP, we get it – fertility treatment is expensive, and many people need help covering the cost. Help with financing is just one of the ways that we help patients with paying for treatment. Be sure to check out all five ways we help our patients save money on their fertility medications (including medications discounts, grant programs, and more).

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If you’re struggling with infertility and you have decided to go after fertility treatment, you’re probably no stranger to stress. And we understand it, there’s a lot on your table.

Between finding a way to afford your medications and making sure you get your refill on time, there’s a lot to consider. 

Fortunately, there are great resources available to you if you know where to look. 

With the help of a Fertility Pharmacy, you can receive a customized treatment plan, access to the right medications when you need them, and the support you need to guide you through the process all in one place.

Fertility Pharmacies not only have specialized knowledge, but they also work directly with your doctor or doctor’s office to offer you a customized treatment.

Why should you choose SMP Pharmacy as your Fertility pharmacy?

  • We are a white-glove high-touch Fertility Pharmacy

Every detail makes a difference. SMP Pharmacy is a white-glove high-touch fertility pharmacy that focuses on making the fertility treatment process as smooth as possible for you; therefore we handle each prescription with the utmost care.

Not only that, but we hire and train our specialists so they can answer any questions or concerns you may have during your treatment process.

  • Always speak to a real person

You don’t have to worry about ever speaking to a machine over the phone; we don’t automate our customer service. Call us anytime with questions, concerns, or medication refill requests. Each time you will speak to a real person. 

  • Get personalized help: At SMP Pharmacy we treat all patients as VIPatients

We are a smaller pharmacy, which means we can offer personalized service.  We familiarize ourselves with your case to help you receive the best treatment possible.

It’s important to stay positive and on track. We act as an accountability partner for you. Checking in on your treatment and reminding you about medication refills is part of our job. We have one-on-one fertility specialists who learn about your case and help you stay on track with your treatment plan, and get the medications that you need.

  • We specialize in fertility

At SMP, we specialize in infertility. Our trained specialists have gone through this process time and time again. As our patient, you’ll be connected with a Fertility Care Coordinator that will assist you with your fertility medications, savings programs, and health insurance plans. A service you won’t get at your regular neighborhood pharmacy.

  • Rapid Prior Authorization Support

We know that communicating with your insurance company for prior authorization for your medication can be a point of stress, so we have a dedicated team to handle all of those communications for you. Just last year, we had a 93% success rate for more than 15,000 prior authorizations. 

  • We help you with your financial needs

Fertility treatments and medications can be expensive. At SMP, we offer financing plans to help you finance your treatment, receive accessible and affordable medications, and connect you with support groups. 

SMP helped patients finance over $1M at an average APR of 10.9% last year. In total, SMP helped save patients over $10M through foundations and patient financial assistance programs in the last year alone!

  • International Patient Support

In an effort to make your treatment accessible, our support extends to international patients, as well. Not only do we work with FedEx to ensure that your medications are delivered on-time, but we also adhere to the guidelines of each country to ensure that our shipping process is compliant.

Our website is translated into more than 15 languages to help as many patients as possible. We have a fully bilingual staff (English and Spanish) in-house, and we even staff members who speak Mandarin and Cantonese. Beyond that, we provide translation services for 240 languages. 

  • SMP is also a compounding pharmacy 

Our shelves are stocked with everything we need to deliver the right medication for you. This means that you won’t have to wait for days or weeks for your specific medication to arrive. We even offer medications that are hard to find at other pharmacies. 

If we don’t have what you need, we can create it. As a compounding pharmacy, you don’t have to worry about us running out of stock of your medication. We have the skills, expertise, and tools we need to create your medication and keep your treatment plan on track. 

  • Constant cooperation with Your Doctor 

The most important part of our job is making sure that your treatment goes well. Our top priority is your health and well-being before, during and after your fertility treatment. 

To better support you, we maintain a relationship with your doctor’s office. This helps us understand your specific treatment plan and stay updated on your medication needs.

We check in with your doctor’s office and speak to their staff regularly. The open communication and collaboration help ensure that your needs are met and that our medications align with your treatment plan. 

  • Confidently Choose SMP for Your Fertility Medications

Choosing the right pharmacy for your fertility treatment medications doesn’t have to be difficult. At SMP, we prioritize your health and have the fertility treatment expertise that you need. 

If you are interested in learning more about our pharmacy and how we can help you give us a call at 1-888-846-6745.

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Finding the right fertility pharmacy can sometimes be a time-consuming, not to mention costly process if not done correctly. Fortunately, there are a few things you can look out for to make sure you’re making the best decision for yourself and your future family. 
We’ve compiled a list of the five ways SMP Pharmacy Solutions helps you save time and money on your fertility medications and treatments.

1. Insurance Checks and Prior Authorization (PA) Assistance

Verifying the appropriate level of coverage is the first step in ensuring your costs stay as low as possible while preventing any unexpected charges. We do this by verifying all of your information during your first phone call, followed shortly by scheduling your pick-up or delivery if necessary.

What if you need a specific medication that requires a valid prior authorization? We’ve got that covered too.

Our team works hard to make sure your prescriptions are approved and verified. The moment we receive your prescription, we begin processing the order to verify coverage and, in the event that a medication requires prior authorization, our staff will begin gathering clinical notes to assist in completing the prior authorization process for you.

2. Competitive Pricing and Promotions

We offer some of the most competitive cash pricing on fertility medications in the fertility market. We also offer several promotions to help bring down the cost further for patients, and they often help to address shortages in the fertility medication space.

3. Financial Assistance

We help you minimize the up-front cost of your medications through the Compassionate Care program, where you can save from 10% up to 75% off of Gonal-F, Cetrotide, and Ovidrel medications. 

For eligibility information and more information regarding The Compassionate Care Program through Fertility Life Lines, please click here.

4. Medication Financing

Patients can finance the remaining balance of their treatment by applying to Lending Club or CapexMD or HCS programs. Our financing options make it easy to set up a payment plan that best suits your budget. Simply fill out a short online application and choose the plan that makes the most sense for your situation. You can see your available rates online as well – but don’t worry, applying for Lending Club or CapexMD will not impact your credit.

5. Fertility Support Organizations

We’re continually checking support funds to see if our patients qualify for grants. We understand that certain treatments and medications can have costly price tags, which is why we work with the following organizations and foundations for financial support:

  1. The CADE Foundation (TQCF)
  2. Fertility for Colored Girls (FFCG)
  3. Fertile Action
  4. The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination Inc. (INCIID)
  5. The Oncofertility Consortium 
  6. Path2Parenthood (P2P)
  7. RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
  8. Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR)
  9. Stand Up To Cancer
  10. WEGO Health
  11. Baby Quest Foundation
  12. Men Having Babies (MHB)
  13. Livestrong Fertility
  14. The Alliance

We take a patient-first, service-driven approach to provide for our communities, and we don’t want financial restrictions to be a cause for you not receiving the appropriate care.

We work with a broad network of assistance programs to maximize your odds of receiving assistance. We can assist you with choosing the right program; just be sure to call us and ask how we can help you today.

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We strive to continue to be your first choice for fertility medications and related support. If you have any questions on how we can help you during your fertility process, just give us a call today at 888.846.6745 and we’ll be more than glad to assist you. 

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There are a handful of reasons why you or your partner may not be able to reproduce naturally, but fertility treatments continue to evolve and make the process of fertilization easier. 

Among all fertility treatments out there, IVF tends to be the most common.

What is IVF?

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is one of the most effective fertility treatments. The treatment involves extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and combining the two as part of the fertilization process.  

As a soon-to-be mother who is about to begin IVF, it’s always helpful to know what you can expect from the process.

5 Steps of the IVF Process

The average IVF cycle takes usually takes around 6-8 weeks. 

The process begins on day 1 of your period. Naturally, your body produces a single egg during each monthly cycle.  For someone struggling to conceive, a single egg is not enough. Therefore, the first step in the IVF process looks to stimulate egg production.

1. Fertility Medication

On the first day of your period, you will begin taking medication that contains FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) to encourage the production of more eggs in your ovaries. You’ll take this for an average of 8-14 days. 

This medication is administered in the form of injections. Once you’re taught how to self-administer the injection, you do this part of the treatment at home following your doctor’s instructions. Blood tests and ultrasounds are used to monitor the process and adjust dosing as needed.

The dose of the injection varies depending on what your doctor feels is best for your situation. Generally speaking, the higher the dose, the higher the cost. While a higher cost may seem like a small price to pay to increase your chances of becoming pregnant, once you produce 15-20 eggs, your chances of conceiving stop increasing.

2. Egg Retrieval 

Next, once the doctor is satisfied with the number and size of the follicles that produce eggs, you will be given a drug that forces the eggs to mature. It’s essential to keep in mind that only about 75% of follicles produce a potentially viable egg.

After 36 hours, your fertility doctor will retrieve the eggs by inserting a small needle in your pelvic cavity to access the ovaries and drain the follicles. 

3. Sperm Collection

Before fertilization can occur, your doctor or the clinic will collect sperm from your partner or a donor. These cells are then prepared to be combined with the egg in a process called insemination.

4. Fertilization 

Once your doctor retrieves the eggs, they are placed in a petri dish to be fertilized. There are several ways to do this, but the technique used in your case will depend on both the clinic’s laboratory and your doctor’s decision. 

These options include conventional insemination, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, or ICSI. ICSI is most commonly used in cases where there is a low probability of fertilization. In this method, the sperm is injected directly into the egg. 

After this process, the eggs are monitored to confirm fertilization. If fertilization occurs, those eggs are considered embryos.

5. Transfer Embryos

The next step after fertilization is to grow the embryo. This step is the most difficult in the process, and as a result, most eggs and embryos are lost in this part of the process. 

Three to five days after the fertilization process the embryos are transferred to your uterus. Using a catheter or small tube, your doctor will transfer the embryos. This is a painless procedure for most women. 

If the cycle is successful, the implantation occurs six to eight days after the egg retrieval. 

What Happens After an IVF Cycle?

After undergoing IVF, you will have to wait eight to ten days to find out if you’re pregnant. During this time, you can return to your normal day-to-day life.

It’s important to understand that even though IVF is the most effective fertility treatment available, it doesn’t give you a 100 percent chance for pregnancy.

For many women, the first cycle is the most likely to work. If after the waiting period you learn that you are not pregnant, you can always do another round of the fertility treatment. While your chances of becoming pregnant lower with each IVF cycle, it’s not uncommon for the second or third cycle to result in pregnancy.

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