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Fertility Services

Discover a form of assistance to achieve or avoid pregnancy, or get the attention you need for gynecologic health when you reach out to Avera for services related to fertility and infertility.

Fertility Awareness with the Creighton Model

Take advantage of Avera's fertility services based on the successful international family planning system known as the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System. This accredited program employs a simple method of fertility awareness and family planning, which can also help manage gynecologic health.

FertilityCare Benefits

Depending on your health and your particular situation, participation in the FertilityCare program at Avera may lead to benefits such as:

  • Increase of 20 to 80 percent in the chance of conceiving for couples experiencing infertility
  • Effectiveness of 99.5 percent in spacing pregnancies or avoiding pregnancy
  • Effectiveness of 90 percent within only three cycles for couples seeking to achieve pregnancy
  • Help for your physician to better treat a variety of gynecologic conditions
  • Simple charting based on external observations
  • Useful at every stage of a woman's reproductive life, from onset of menstruation through perimenopause without side effects or complications
  • Most acceptable method of family planning or infertility treatment according to the Catholic Church's teaching
  • Improved communication, respect and understanding between partners; couples using this method experience a less than 2 percent divorce rate, compared with the national rate of more than 50 percent
  • Considerably less expensive than other options

How FertilityCare Works

During Avera's program, you and your partner learn how to observe and record the biological markers related to times you're most likely to conceive. Your Avera doctor or health practitioner trained in the Creighton Model also can use the information to treat a variety of gynecologic conditions and restore normal reproductive function.

FertilityCare Sessions

During a $20 introductory class, you'll learn the basics of the FertilityCare Method. Then, you'll get personalized guidance and feedback in a series of private follow-up sessions over the course of a year. As you learn how to use the FertilityCare System, you'll quickly gain confidence in the charted information. Ask Avera about financial scholarships to help defray costs of the personalized follow-up sessions.

Family Planning

FertilityCare requires no drugs, medical procedures or devices. External body observations help you determine times to achieve or avoid pregnancy.

The Creighton Model should not be confused with the calendar Rhythm Method, which is based on a woman's pas monthly cycle lengths and cannot account for irregularities. The Creighton Model determines fertility on a day-by-day basis.

Independent of the woman's cycles, the Creighton Model's daily observations can be used successfully after childbirth and when breastfeeding, as well as during irregular, long, or short cycles and all the way through menopause.

Learn more about the Women's Reproductive Health Care Network at the FertilityCare™ Centers for America website.

Infertility & Gynecologic Health

Ask your Avera doctor for an infertility and gynecologic health assessment conducted with NaProTECHNOLOGY® (natural procreative technology), a process based on finding your unique fertility patterns by monitoring and charting external body symptoms.

A new reproductive science, the system works cooperatively with the woman's natural procreative cycle to address sub-fertility states, recurrent miscarriage, ovarian cysts, irregular bleeding, hormone disorders and many other women's health conditions.

Highly successful and cost-effective, the NaProTECHNOLOGY approach gives the couple a specific time when pregnancy most likely can occur. In addition, the process helps identify underlying causes for infertility conditions and focuses treatment on restoring the body's normal reproductive, which allows conception to happen naturally.

Couples experiencing infertility can expect success rates between 20 and 40 percent using only the Creighton Model. With a cooperative medical approach to treatment, success rates vary with different medical conditions but have been observed to be as high as 80 percent.

Attend an Introductory Fertility Session

Reserve your place in one of our introductory group sessions to learn more about Avera's FertilityCare services.

  • In Aberdeen, call Avera St. Luke's at 605-622-5730.
  • In Sioux Falls, call Avera Women's at 605-322-4434.

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