In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) FAQs
What is your age cut-off for doing IVF with your own eggs?
We do not offer IVF for patients older than 45. Your reproductive endocrinologist will recommend an appropriate fertility treatment for you depending on your medical history and diagnostic test results.
How long does it take to get started with IVF?
From the point of your initial consultation with GIVF, you may potentially start an IVF cycle within weeks. Your GIVF fertility physician will determine the appropriate time frame for your fertility treatment but each individual patient or couple decides when it is right for them to begin.
The initial consult and diagnostic evaluation usually takes a week up to a couple of months (depending on your menstrual cycle, logistical and financial details such as your travel schedule, availability, insurance requirements, etc.)
After reviewing all diagnostic testing results with your reproductive endocrinologist,the next step is to focus on logistical details such as reviewing the calendar, obtaining IVF medications and learning how to mix and administer them.There are consent forms to be signed, financial details to finalize and possibly some other small details that your primary nurse coordinator will assist you with so you are comfortable before officially starting. This may be done within a couple of weeks or months, again depending on your schedule, insurance, and availability.
Once the IVF cycle starts, it typically takes about 10 – 12 days on average until it is the appropriate time to schedule the egg retrieval.During this time you will be taking injectable fertility medications and will need to return to GIVF for several visits during that time to evaluate the response to the stimulation medication with blood work and transvaginal ultrasound.
Once you reach the time of the egg retrieval and embryo transfer you’ve reached the finish line and the pregnancy test will occur 2 weeks after retrieval to determine the outcome of the IVF treatment cycle.
What are my choices if my tubes have been tied?
Basically there are two choices, surgery to attempt to repair the tubes or IVF. There are pros and cons to each choice and the best choice depends on your personal situation. Surgery offers the option of attempting pregnancy naturally indefinitely without repeated treatments, but carries the rare risks of surgery and in some cases is not successful depending on the type of tubal ligation or tubal damage done initially. IVF offers the chance for pregnancy without having to undergo an operation and maintaining contraception or birth control against future pregnancies after completion of your family.
How much does IVF cost?
The cost of IVF depends on the treatment and options selected. For IVF pricing information, click here.
When will my egg retrieval be scheduled?
We won’t know the exact date of egg retrieval until two days prior to the procedure. We typically estimate it about 12-14 days from the start of your IVF cycle.
Can I exercise while I’m undergoing IVF treatment?
Yes, but you should refrain from high-impact exercise and opt for workouts such as walking, swimming, yoga, or cycling during IVF treatment. Leading up to the beginning of the IVF cycle you may exercise as you normally do, but as you get closer to the egg retrieval we will ask that exercise be decreased for health and safety reasons.