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IVF - In Vitro Fertilization

What is in vitro fertilization?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) allows an infertile couple a chance to have a child of their own through normal pregnancy and childbirth. The process mimics natural reproduction by combining eggs from the woman with sperm cells from the man in a laboratory setting to create embryos.

The egg retrieval process begins with the female taking injections for about 10 to 14 days to help her produce many eggs. The eggs are then removed via ultrasound-guided needle aspiration while the patient is under anesthesia. The harvested eggs are then combined with sperm in the clinic laboratory.

Fertilized eggs that reach the embryo stage are frozen and subsequently transferred, usually one at a time, into the uterus to establish a pregnancy. After a successful pregnancy occurs, spare embryos can be kept frozen for another attempt at pregnancy in the future.

Before you start

In vitro fertilization may not be appropriate for some patients based on age, health history, weight and other variables. That’s why we carefully evaluate every patient prior to starting IVF. The evaluation will include a history, bloodwork to determine your egg supply and a uterine assessment. Based on these results, we can decide if IVF is the right option for you.

Genetic screening

Success with IVF depends largely on the ability to produce genetically normal embryos. Failure of an IVF cycle is most often the result of an embryo with an abnormal number of chromosomes (aneuploidy). Down syndrome is a common example of aneuploidy. The risk of aneuploidy increases with age.

We recommend all couples consider screening prior to their IVF cycle to determine their risk of having a child affected by one of these diseases. It also helps us determine if specialized genetic screening of the embryos may decrease this risk.

Find out more about IVF

You may have more questions about IVF, and we are happy to help. Call our office at 601-984-5330 or use the link below.

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Summary of IVF Cycle Charges

The following information is an approximation of IVF Cycle Charges effective April 2021.
(Fees are subject to change without notice.)
-Blood work and ultrasound evaluation
Egg Retrieval Procedure
-Procedure, anesthesia, supplies, and ultrasound guidance
Laboratory Procedures
-Andrology processing of semen sample
-Oocyte culture and fertilization, ICSI as needed
-Assisted hatching and blastocyst culture
-Embryo cryopreservation, as needed
Embryo Transfer
-Laboratory preparation of embryo
-Transfer procedure, as needed to achieve a successful pregnancy, up to a total of 3 transfers.
Total $11,000

Other expenses:

  • Medication costs: The cost of the medications used during an IVF cycle will differ among patients due to various treatment regimens and medications used. The total cost for medications in an IVF cycle averages $3,500 but may range from $3,000 to $5,000.
  • Cryo fees: The initial fee for IVF includes cryo-preserving (freezing) any unused embryos and storage for one year. After one year, the embryos will be transferred to an off-site facility for long-term storage.
  • Genetic screening: Genetic screening of your embryos will require additional steps not included in a standard IVF cycle. These steps include embryo biopsy by our laboratory ($1,750) and genetic analysis by Genesis Genetics (approx. $3,000).
  • Precycle screening: Prior to initiating treatments, you will be screened for problems that may impact your chances for success with IVF. This screening includes blood work and an in-office hysteroscopy procedure.