A unique practice with an IVF lab that meets the highest standards of excellence
No matter where you are in your fertility journey, Carolina Conceptions shares the same goal you do…making your family a reality. Whether you are in need of basic infertility therapies, like the majority of our patients, or require more advanced reproductive technologies, our three board certified infertility specialists are here to assist you every step of the way.
Carolina Conceptions is one of the only private practice infertility clinics in the Triangle where every physician is board certified in OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Our doctors share more than 60 years of experience in the field of infertility, are consistently ranked on the Best Doctors in America list, and have helped thousands of patients realize their dream of parenthood. Drs. Meyer, Couchman, and Park combine their expertise and experience that began with their fellowship programs in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale, Duke, and Emory University, respectively. Their experience, combined with their sense of innovation, has led to some of the highest pregnancy rates in the country.
IVF success rates provide an objective measure of a fertility clinic’s success in achieving pregnancies. Carolina Conceptions consistently exceeds the national average and are among the highest in the country. See our current success rates.
Dedicated to staying on the leading edge of technology, our IVF lab utilizes a state-of-the-art tri-gas incubator system and air filtration system. Together, these systems better simulate the environment of the woman’s reproductive system and increases the chance of conception. We also offer a full range of innovative treatments and services designed to address each patient’s unique needs, such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening of blastocysts, or fertility preservation with egg and embryo freezing.
We at Carolina Conceptions want to help you realize your dream of having a family, while building lasting relationships with our team. Carolina Conceptions realizes the importance of having friendly and accessible physicians and staff, including seasoned laboratory personnel and experienced infertility nurses. We also offer easy access to a reproductive urologist and infertility counselor. Our skilled team is accessible 7 days a week and is dedicated to giving you the best experience possible.
With the exception of a few screening labs, all IVF procedures are conducted in our on-site, state-of-the-art laboratory. Within, you’ll find the most cutting edge technology—including the use of a laser for genetic testing and micromanipulation. The laser is used under microscope guidance to perform assisted hatching of embryos to facilitate implantation and embryo biopsy for genetic testing. Low oxygen tension/nitrogen incubators are used instead of the standard carbon dioxide incubators, to better simulate the woman’s fallopian tube environment. The lab is designed so that the transfer rooms open through a door directly into the lab. Embryos are brought by the embryologist directly into the transfer room so that she can assist with the transfer.
Atmospheric conditions are held to a strict standard, and culture conditions are tailored to match patient needs. We utilize the latest blastocyst culture and transfer techniques to maximize pregnancy rates. A high pressure air flow system forces air from the lab into the rest of the clinic to keep air quality where it is needed.
Our infertility practice is CAP accredited and CLIA certified.
HOW DO I EVALUATE IVF PROGRAMS AND THEIR SUCCESS RATES?
1) Go to SART.org to see IVF success rates for any IVF program in the United States. SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies) is where all IVF programs report their pregnancy outcomes. Click on the state you are interested in and all the programs are listed. Click on “ART data report” and notice pregnancy rates for your age group (<35, 35-37, etc). “Percentage of transfers resulting in live births” is one of the most important categories. It tells you how many women delivered a baby after an embryo transfer at that program.
2) Are the doctors at your IVF program FELLOWSHIP trained and SUBSPECIALTY BOARD CERTIFIED in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility? Most Ob-Gyn doctors are board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology but the most highly trained infertility doctors are also SUBSPECIALTY board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). All three physicians at Carolina Conceptions are subspecialty certified. This means we have completed an additional 3 years of fellowship training after our 4 years in Ob-gyn residency and have passed the written and oral exams in Obstetrics and Gynecology and then in REI. Be sure to check your clinic’s credentials.
3) Are you receiving the care and attention you desire? Are your doctors accessible to you throughout your treatment? At Carolina Conceptions, we pride ourselves on patient care and customer service. All physicians, nurses, embryologists and staff members are accessible by email and phone. It is our personal mission to help you make having a family a reality. We feel it is very important that you have confidence and trust in your IVF team.
4) Are the IVF program costs transparent? IVF is an effective but expensive therapy. We make every effort to offer transparent and competitive IVF costs, counseling with our financial representatives and financing if needed. There are less expensive IVF programs than ours but their pregnancy rates may not be as competetive. For how to evaluate pregnancy rates, please see paragraph (1) above.
Carolina Conceptions has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of an August 2011 on-site inspection. The accreditation indicates that our laboratory is one of an exclusive group of reproductive laboratories around the country that have met the highest standards of excellence.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is an internationally recognized program that helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care. The goal of the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is to improve patient safety by advancing the quality of pathology and laboratory services through education, standard setting, and ensuring laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements. CAP inspectors also examine the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory.