- Posted On: August 18, 2013
- Categories: Informational Articles
IVF is an infertility treatment that involves removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilizing them outside her body in a laboratory in the hopes of a successful pregnancy. Couples with both female- and male factor infertility may benefit IVF treatments.
When is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Used for Pregnancy?
When a couple has attempted to become pregnant unsuccessfully for a period of time, they are considered infertile. There are many infertility options available for couples hoping to become pregnant. Candidates for IVF include women with tubal disease, unexplained infertility, and other cases. IVF is also used when male infertility occurs: basic artificial insemination (AI) is set aside in favor of a more advanced procedure. Candidates at Oregon Reproductive Medicine come from all over the United States and the world in order to achieve pregnancy.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Pregnancy Steps
In order to end up in pregnancy, an in vitro fertilization cycle involves ovulation induction, egg retrieval, fertilization and culture, and embryo transfer.
Choosing sperm and egg is handled through Oregon Reproductive Medicine’s Egg Donors Program. Patients typically supply their own sperm and egg, but each situation is different, and some require the procurement of a donor to produce a pregnancy.
- Ovulation induction involves taking medications to produce several eggs at once. Having more viable eggs lowers the ultimate cost of IVF by increasing the chances of an individual cycle.
- Monitoring and testing are done throughout your treatment. Doctors use these measures to monitor progress and carefully watch for side effects.
- Egg retrieval is done once follicles have matured. This half-hour procedure is guided by ultrasound and under anesthesia.
- Fertilization and culture take place in an embryology lab, where highly trained specialists fertilize the retrieved eggs with sperm from a partner or donor.
- Embryo transfer occurs a few days later when two or more embryos are placed in the woman’s uterus through the cervix.
- Ultrasound is again used, and at least two days of recovery time is required.
- Pregnancy tests are then taken.
Early Success Minimizes In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Pregnancy Cost
For couples in the United States, the average cost of facilitating a possible pregnancy with one cycle of in vitro fertilization is $12,000, but it ranges from about $10,000 to $16,000. Travel costs can also be a factor, as IVF treatments require multiple visits. Oregon Reproductive Medicine, located in Portland, is perfect for its accessibility to a major city and International airport.
Individualization is key to high success rates, so cost varies based on medication, testing, lab work, doctor’s fees, and the number of IVF cycles needed for a viable pregnancy.
Needing fewer IVF cycles because of early success is the most effective way to control costs.
Is In Vitro Fertilization For You?
Oregon Reproductive Medicine achieves some of the highest pregnancy success rates in the country – up to 80% live-birth success in women under 35. Even so, some patients do require multiple IVF cycles. Oregon Reproductive Medicine offers personalized care and treatment. You can meet with one of our physicians at our free monthly fertility seminars, where we answer all your questions and discuss the promising opportunities that modern infertility treatments bring to couples who are struggling to conceive.