IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)

IN VITRO INSEMINATION (IVF)

Over one million IVF babies have been born in the US alone. With 75,000+ success stories (and counting), many are here with Boston IVF’s help.

headphonescircle Not all patients experiencing infertility will need IVF. Often, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a first-line of treatment for patients who would like to become pregnant. IVF is a logical next-step for the many couples who are still unable to become pregnant after IUI and ovulation induction.

For over 30 years, Boston IVF has performed hundreds of thousands of successful IVF cycles across the country. Our IVF program uses the most advanced and effective technology available today to help individuals and couples conceive a healthy baby. Our fertility specialists deliver expert care with gentle guidance to support you through your IVF cycle with us.

OUR ALBANY IVF PROGRAM HISTORY: FAST FACTS

  • Our fertility network has assisted in 75,000+ success stories since 1986
  • Our network performed 4,000+ IVF cycles this past year
  • Our program history, experience, and library of past cases allows us to successfully manage rare and difficult infertility cases
  • We are among the most highly regarded and experienced fertility centers in New York

 

WHO USES IVF?

  • Women or couples who have been unsuccessful with IUI
  • Women with age-related infertility (age 35+)
  • Women with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
  • Women with severe endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Men with low sperm quality
  • Couples with unexplained infertility
  • Gay couples using a gestational carrier
  • Lesbian couples with infertility

 

IVF TIMELINE

The IVF process is called a cycle. The timeline of an IVF cycle depends on your menstrual cycle, but often lasts about two weeks.

First, you will take fertility medications to increase to number of eggs produced in your ovaries. You’ll come in to our office for a simple egg retrieval procedure, which allows your doctor to gather multiple eggs from your uterine follicles. In our lab, your eggs are fertilized with your partner or donor sperm to create multiple embryos.

After your embryo undergoes 3-5 days of development and growth in our lab, you will come in to our office again for your embryo transfer. One carefully selected embryo is transferred into your uterus, where pregnancy can occur.

IVF PROCESS

ovarian stimulation: For the first two weeks of your IVF cycle, you will take fertility medications to stimulate your ovarian follicles, where eggs are produced.

egg retrieval: In a simple in-office procedure, we use ultrasound guidance to retrieve eggs from your ovarian follicles. At the same time, your partner provides a fresh semen sample from our lab. Our embryologists then select the best quality sperm for use.

embryo growth and development: In our lab, our embryologists fertilize your eggs with your partner’s (or donor) sperm to create embryos. Your embryos are transferred into our incubators, for ideal growth conditions.

embryo transfer: After 3-5 days of growth in our incubators, our embryologists select the healthiest embryo that will give you the highest chance of success. In an in-office procedure, your doctor will transfer the embryo into your uterus via a small catheter (tube) inserted through the cervix.

pregnancy test: two weeks later, you will come in to our office one last time for a pregnancy test, and our fertility team will let you know the results as soon as we get the results.

GENETIC TESTING

A growing number of patients choose to perform genetic testing via preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) or preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) on their embryos. This optional step in the IVF process is a valuable tool to greatly reduce your risk of miscarriage, chromosomal abnormalities within an embryo, and passing on a genetic disease.

Genetic testing is performed in the lab prior to implantation. As your embryos are developing, your doctor will test each embryos DNA, which provides a great deal of information about which embryos are most likely to lead to a healthy pregnancy and birth. Genetic testing also opens up the possibility of sex selection.