Depending on your particular circumstances, one or more of the following procedures offered at fertility clinic locations in the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento may be right for you. These procedures are not included in your single-cycle IVF fee and have an additional cost.
Assisted hatching uses micromanipulative techniques (under a microscope using special laboratory equipment) to create a small slit or opening in the protective coating surrounding an embryo. This is intended to make it easier for the embryo to "hatch" out of the protective coating before being implanted into the woman’s uterus during in vitro fertilization (IVF). Assisted hatching may increase the chance of implantation, especially in older women.
Cryopreservation of Embryos
Cryopreservation of embryos involves storing extra embryos retrieved and fertilized during a cycle for use in a later frozen embryo cycle. If the uterine lining is not suitable for implantation in a stimulated cycle, cryopreservation allows transfer during a different menstrual cycle. Also, women facing medical procedures that affect fertility can bank embryos for the future. As part of the single-cycle plan cost, you can store embryos for up to six months. After six months, embryos may be stored for an additional fee.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
ICSI uses micromanipulative techniques to inject a single sperm directly into an egg. Only mature eggs ready for fertilization are selected for this process. Most often, ICSI is used in cases of known or suspected male factor infertility, or in cases of previously demonstrated poor fertilization rates.
Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)
TESE involves the removal of testicular tissue from the male donor in an attempt to recover live sperm for use in the ICSI procedure. This procedure is performed by a consulting urologist and involves additional fees.For more information, speak to your personal infertility doctor.