In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization is a multi-step process that assists with fertilization of the egg, embryo development and implantation so that you can have a successful pregnancy.

In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization, IVF, allows physicians to retrieve mature eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilize them outside of the body before returning them to the uterus.  Assisted Reproductive Technologies or ART refers to the handling of egg or embryos outside of the body. ART has made it possible to overcome many causes of infertility.

Although there are many different ART procedures, all involve in vitro fertilization. It should be noted that couples undergoing IVF now have the option to have their embryos genetically tested using preimplantation genetic testing (PGT/PGS/PGD).

IVF with PGT increases the rates of successful pregnancies by testing the embryos for disease or chromosomal abnormalities that could lead to an unhealthy baby. In addition, it lowers the rate of possible multiples by allowing us to transfer a single healthy embryo.

New born baby boy with the family in the hospital room

Northern California Fertility Medical Center provides the full range of services to patients with male and female fertility problems.

NCFMC submits  success rates for outcomes reporting to the CDC and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).  SART clinics meet the highest standards for quality, safety and patient care.

ASRM defines “very poor prognosis” treatment as a treatment with a <5% chance of live birth.  Unfortunately, even with good egg numbers, egg quality in women over 44 is low, and nationwide IVF live birth rates in this group are <2%.  For this reason, NCFMC does not offer IVF to women over 44 years old, unless it is with donor eggs/embryos.