The drive for infertility services is about to get a lot shorter for some Ozarks residents: On April 8, CoxHealth will begin offering infertility appointments with Washington University fertility specialists via telemedicine.
The new offering is the result of a partnership with CoxHealth and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Women will meet virtually with the university’s medical team of reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialists through a special telemedicine clinic that will be housed in The Turner Center.
“We’re seeing babies born to women at increasingly later ages, which makes infertility rates increase as well,” says Dr. Staci Niemoth, medical director of Women’s Services at CoxHealth. “That factor makes this type of service more crucial than it’s ever been before.”
In addition to having local access to these nationally recognized fertility specialists, if a woman decides to pursue infertility treatment the required labs, ultrasounds and medications associated with many treatments can be coordinated in Springfield. Procedures associated with the treatment of infertility, however, would still be done in St. Louis. Having the access to Washington University specialists via telemedicine, and the ability to undergo treatment monitoring from Springfield, should reduce expenses associated with travel and time away from work over the course of treatment.
To schedule an appointment, individuals should call 314-286-2400.