In Vitro Fertilization

What Is In Vitro Fertilization?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process of combining a woman's eggs and a man's sperm outside the body, in a laboratory. Any combination of the woman's eggs and the sperm, or donor eggs and sperm, can be used. An embryo forms in the laboratory and, after a few days, is placed in the woman's uterus. Many couples who have had trouble conceiving a child through traditional methods have benefited from IVF in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of Northern California.

Is IVF right for you?

In vitro fertilization may be a treatment option if:

  • Testing reveals that a woman's egg supply is diminished, and/or the remaining eggs are poor quality.
  • The woman's fallopian tubes are missing, blocked, or cannot be repaired.
  • The woman has severe endometriosis.
  • The man has a low sperm count.
  • Artificial or intrauterine insemination has not been successful.
  • Unexplained infertility has continued for a long time. The average time a candidate waits before seeking IVF treatments varies and is influenced by the woman's age and other personal factors.
  • The woman has had an unsuccessful tubal ligation reversal surgery.

What to Expect

The IVF cycle has three phases. Phases 1 and 3 are conducted at your current infertility clinic and Phase 2 is provided at The Center for Reproductive Health. Learn more about IVF phase details. Patients must follow a strict treatment sequence timeline in order to have their best chances for achieving a favorable outcome. Here in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, our IVF doctors and staff are happy to provide you with more details about this process and determine whether this is a viable option for your family planning goals.

IVF Overview Podcast

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