FAQs on IVF in Los Angeles
Not every couple has an easy time becoming pregnant. Infertility is a reality for many couples. However, there are many options available, like IVF.
IVF is the abbreviation of in vitro fertilization. This is a fertility treatment where eggs and sperm are combined in a laboratory setting. The embryo(s) that develop are then transferred to a recipient’s uterus.
Is IVF a common fertility treatment?
IVF is the most commonly used fertility treatment for couples struggling with conception. This high-tech treatment accounts for 99% of all assisted reproductive technology (ART). Around 1 in 100 babies are born using ART each year in the United States alone.
Is IVF right for me?
IVF is a procedure designed to help a woman get pregnant. When you have problems with egg quality, ovulation, endometriosis, or blocked fallopian tubes, IVF can help. Also, IVF is used when the man has low sperm count or sperm mobility issues. IVF is used when donor eggs are required for pregnancy, or when other treatment options have failed.
What if the doctor does not know why I can’t get pregnant?
IVF is also used as an option when the doctor cannot pinpoint the exact problem, which is referred to as unexplained infertility.
How long does IVF take?
From the beginning of the process to the end, IVF takes around 4-7 weeks to complete. This timeframe is considered as one cycle. First, you wait for your eggs to mature, and then it takes several hours for the doctor to retrieve the eggs and have them fertilized with your spouse’s sperm. You will return in 3-5 days to have the embryos inserted into the uterus.
Each couple’s response rate is different, and results vary dramatically. IVF success depends on your age and the reason for the infertility. Higher success rates are seen in younger women. The national success rate in IVF for women younger than age 34 years is 41%, and a 31% success rate for women aged 35 to 37 years. These rates drop to 22% for women ages 38 to 40 years, and 12% for women 41 to 42 years. Please refer to your clinic for their personal success rates.
How long has IVF been around?
IVF has been used for infertility since 1978, making it the oldest ART procedure. Researchers have done many studies involving the children conceived using IVF, with no medical issues related to this procedure.
What are the cons associated with IVF?
IVF is time-consuming and costly, there is a chance of having multiples, and the woman is at risk for ectopic pregnancy and ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome. In addition, the baby(ies) could be born premature or have low birth weights.
Does IVF always work?
Around 5% of IVF cycles are cancelled before the eggs are retrieved, which is typically related to poor ovarian response.
How much does IVF cost?
A couple could spend around $12,500 for one cycle in the United States. The cost depends on where you live, how much medication is necessary, and how many cycles are required. Pacific Reproductive Center has multi-cycle discounts, financing and special offers.
Why are medications used during IVF?
Certain medications are prescribed to stimulate egg production. These drugs allow for multiple eggs to develop and become fertilized.
What risks are associated with IVF?
As with all medical procedures, there are some risks to consider. The medication side effects include abdominal pain, bloating, headaches, mood swings, and hot flashes. There is also a chance of infection, damaged to the bowel, bladder trauma, or bleeding. These risks are very low on the whole.