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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 to create embryos in a laboratory setting. 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 certain patients based on age, health history, weight and other variables. That’s why we carefully evaluate every patient prior to starting IVF. Prior to starting your IVF cycle you will have an evaluation that will include a history, bloodwork to determine your egg supply and a uterine evaluation. Based on these results we can decide if IVF is an option for you.

Genetic testing

Success with IVF depends largely on your 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 as you get older. Genetic testing of embryos allows us to identify aneuploidy embryos and improve the chance of success with an embryo transfer. Genetic testing can also help identify some diseases that are transmitted genetically. Common examples are cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and spinal muscular atrophy where both parents carry this condition in their genes but are unaffected by the disease. Couples who are both carriers for a disease like this are at risk for having a child affected by the disease. We recommend all couples consider testing prior to their IVF cycle to determine their risk of having a child affected by one of these diseases and to determine if specialized genetic testing of the embryos may decrease this risk.

Contact University Women's Care Fertility Services today at 601-984-5330 if you have questions or would like to consult with a physician.

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 testing: Genetic testing 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.

If you have any questions about financial considerations for your IVF cycle, please call our financial
counselor at 601-815-4791.