About RMSCVA's Virginia Fertility Clinic
The Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia, PLC, a Virginia fertility clinic, offers all levels of female and male infertility evaluation and treatment and reproductive health services. Our Virginia fertility clinic staff includes board certified reproductive endocrinologists, infertility specialists.
Dr. Bruce Bateman and Dr. Christopher Williams are subspecialty trained and certified reproductive specialists with over 40 years of combined experience. Dr. Bateman was named one of the nations “Best Doctors”. Dr. Williams is the author of an internationally sold book to help couples to conceive called The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally. They are the only subspecialty trained and certified reproductive endocrinologists in Charlottesville and the surrounding region.
Our fertility clinic offers all services for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Commonly seen patients at our Virginia fertility clinic include in vitro fertilization (IVF), tubal surgery (tubal ligation reversal), endometriosis, fibroids (myomas), Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), premature ovarian failure, irregular menstrual cycles, recurrent miscarriage, intrauterine insemination (IUI)or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for low sperm numbers, egg donation
preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), minimally invasive and conservative surgery, and advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy.
Our infertility specialists are specially trained to perform myomectomy, outpatient tubal ligation reversal surgery, advanced surgery for endometriosis, removal of ovarian cysts while preserving normal ovarian tissue, correction of congenital anomalies of the uterus, vagina and fallopian tubes, and reconstruction of damaged fallopian tubes. The practice is open 7 days a week to optimize care.
Doctors Williams, Smith, and Bateman function as a group. The doctors have various responsibilities in the operating room, the office, doing hysterosalpingograms, and IVF procedures.
If you wish to see a specific fertility specialist for elective follow-up visits, we will be happy to meet your requests. However, visits that are menstrual cycle day dependant (and many are) you will be seen by the physician who is in the office that day. The doctors practice together with a similar management style.
We Think of Everything
Many times sonograms are performed around mid-cycle (at ovulation). The lubricant gel we use for the scanner has been tested in our lab regarding effects on sperm. Sperm are unaffected by our ultrasound gel.
Residents in our Fertility Center
Doctors Bateman, Williams, and Smith maintain teaching appointments at the University of Virginia. These are unpaid positions granted to physicians outside of the full time faculty. We are honored to hold these appointments. On some days there will be a UVA Ob/Gyn resident seeing patients with us in the Outpatient Care Center office. The residents’ role in your care may be reviewing your medical history at the initial visit and/or performing minor physical examinations or sonograms.
Doctors Bateman, Williams, or Smith will always be present for exams and sonograms. Residents will never make decisions regarding your treatment.
If you prefer not to see residents let us know and we will flag your chart accordingly. The residents understand the sensitivity of your medical problem and appreciate your allowing them to observe our care. As an aside – the vast majority of Ob/Gyn residents are women.
Emergencies, After Hours and Weekend Questions
If you need to schedule a procedure (HSG, SIS, blood test) to be performed during the week and your period starts on the weekend-call on Monday morning (not over the weekend). The answering service does not make appointments or save messages to be passed along later to the office. One of the doctors is always “on call” and available for medical emergencies related to your care at RMSCVA.
If you have an off hours emergency: you may go directly to the MJH emergency room – there are ER physicians on duty at all times who can begin the evaluation of your condition and involve our doctors if necessary; or if you live a long distance from Charlottesville, you may be seen in your local emergency room or by your referring Ob/Gyn.
If you have a question about whether you need to be seen or not about your care with us, you may reach us by phone – call our office number at 866-436-0157 after 7:00am and the answering service will contact us to call you back. We endeavor to provide clear instructions on mixing and administering medications, etc., making it rarely necessary to call after hours. We understand that unexpected things will happen and we are available to solve problems. As much as we regret it, we are humans and need to sleep at night. Please be thoughtful about off hour’s calls.
"Aggressive" versus the Usual Approach
There are usually several treatment scenarios that are possible and appropriate for a given infertility circumstance. We will lay them out for you and make a mutual decision about what is best for you as a couple. If you want to be more or less aggressive - let us know.
Unfortunately we are unable to help everyone. Despite state of the art treatment, some patients will not conceive. As your treatment proceeds we will let you know what is ahead and we will let you know when we think you should consider discontinuing treatment. This is a difficult decision and many times treatment lacks a clear endpoint. We encourage an open discussion with us if you are becoming frustrated or considering discontinuing treatment.
Because most insurance companies in the State of Virginia offer little or no financial assistance for infertility treatment, financial constraints are a common reason for discontinuing or postponing treatment. It is a frustrating reality for doctors and patients. Please let us know when you are having financial challenges. Sometimes we will be able to alter your treatment plan to try to minimize cost.
It is our sincere goal to help you conceive and to meet your emotional needs during your treatment. As your treatment proceeds we will outline the plan and answer your questions about where we are headed. If any facet of our care is inadequate we want to know. This is a team effort between a couple and their doctor. Please help us meet your needs.