IVF Procedures

The following questions and answers will help you learn more about the IVF procedure offered by The Permanente Medical Group.

What are the types of tests that I will need prior to IVF?

This will depend on the nature of the underlying infertility issues involved as well as the previous types of tests you have had performed.

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What is the average number of eggs that are retrieved during IVF?

This can vary significantly depending on the patient's age and other factors.

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Do you perform assisted hatching?

Yes; however, this will only be performed after consultation with your personal infertility doctor and the embryologist.

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Do you perform Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)?

Yes, ICSI is a service we offer.

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How many embryos do you transfer?

The Northern California Kaiser Permanente Centers for Reproductive Health (based in Fremont and Sacramento) follow the guidelines set forth by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) when determining the appropriate number of embryos to transfer. These guidelines are based on several factors including age, embryo stage, and embryo quality. Your IVF physician will discuss with you the number of embryos recommended for your transfer.

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What are the concerns surrounding having twins?

Although the prospect of conceiving twins may be attractive to some couples, the fact is that the potential risk of complications for mother or babies during a twin pregnancy is higher than with a singleton pregnancy. Multiple pregnancies may increase the risk of miscarriage, premature births and other medical problems for mother and/or child.

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What are my options if I still don't get pregnant after IVF?

There are a number of other options available to you at our fertility clinics in Sacramento and Fremont, CA. Your personal infertility doctor will be able to discuss them with you.

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Please speak to your personal infertility doctor about any questions or concerns not addressed here.

To schedule an appointment with your doctor or for more information, please call (888) 331-5601 for our Fremont office — or (888) 381-0627 for our Sacramento Office.