Pre-Cycle Testing Albany | Albany IVF

Pre-Cycle Testing


Welcome to the Assisted Reproductive Technologies and In Vitro Fertilization Program. To ensure that you have the opportunity to make informed choices regarding your reproductive potential, you will need to attend an IVF Orientation Class.

Please speak with one of our fertility nursing staff to arrange for a class. The class is a 1 1/2 — 2 hour meeting designed to explain each step of the IVF process in detail. Informed consent regarding all medications used during the cycle is given. We will also cover information about clinic and the practical day-to-day aspects of undergoing an IVF cycle.

Please note: these are group classes and as a courtesy to all, begin promptly at the appointed time. If you are late, you will need to reschedule your orientation class, which may mean a delay of one or more months to your starting a cycle.

Classes are held in our office, NYS Empire Plan routinely is the only insurance company that covers nursing education classes, for all other patients this fee will be included in the contracted IVF fee.

If I’ve done IVF elsewhere, do I still need to attend an orientation?

Regardless of whether you’ve done IVF elsewhere, you are still expected to attend an orientation class. The information covered is vital to your cycle and to orient you to any nuances of care in our practice.


Before your expected IVF cycle, you will need to complete pre-cycle testing your physician has ordered. These tests usually include baseline hormonal testing (generally performed on menstrual cycle day (CD) 3), and an evaluation of your uterine cavity by sonohysterography or hysteroscopy. Information about these procedures will be available to you depending on your case.

Also, a semen analysis and sperm-wash will be required for your male partner in our lab. These tests must all be done within 3 months of the start of your IVF cycle. Other tests may be ordered. You can arrange testing by calling our IVF coordinator.

Most blood tests are done in our office during clinic hours. To ensure coverage by your insurance carrier, you will need to find out which laboratory you may use for these tests (see “checking insurance coverage” below).