IVF 101

IVF is like a highly choreographed dance between you, your partner, and your fertility care team. Expertise, attention to detail, and dedication are necessary for a successful result. There are several small steps that happen along the way, but the main steps include:

  • An egg is removed from your ovary, and healthy sperm are selected from a sample produced by your male partner (or sperm donor). Some couples may also use an egg donor during IVF.
  • The egg and sperm are mixed together in a culture dish where fertilization takes place.
  • The resulting embryo is transferred to your uterus.
Risks of IVF

As with many medical procedures, there are risks. It rarely happens, but Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) is a painful condition associated with IVF. Other risks include anesthesia side effects, and occasional bleeding and nausea after the IVF procedure.

IVF Success Rates

While many, many couples find great success with IVF, not everyone gets a happy ending. So many things – from your age and health status, to the virility and health of your male partner, to environmental factors – can affect the outcome of IVF. Also, it may take several cycles before you get pregnant.

Your risk of infertility increases once your hit your mid-30s, and it only goes up from there. Women over 40 face a greater risk of IVF not resulting in a full-term pregnancy. However, age is not a success rate factor when donor eggs are used. There is a 55% transfer success rate regardless of the woman’s age.

A young healthy woman has an excellent chance of progressing from stimulation to follicle aspiration and from pregnancy to delivery. However, an older woman with a more complicated case of infertility may have a much greater rate of cycle cancellation and pregnancy loss before delivery. The differences don’t have anything to do with the fertility center performing the IVF procedure, but instead is based on the differences in couples (age, health and infertility status) accepted into their program. Not much can be done to alter success rate.

Mini IVF

Traditional IVF isn’t your only option. Minimal stimulation IVF (also known as Mini IVF or Natural IVF) is a great alternative. Many couples choose it instead of traditional IVF because:

  • Less medication is required.
  • It costs less.
  • It requires less of a time commitment.

Pregnancy success rates tend to be lower with Mini IVF, but some couples feel the benefits outweigh the success rates.

Regardless which you choose, traditional IVF or Mini IVF, if you’re having trouble getting pregnant on your own this may be the right path for you. Learning as much as possible before starting treatment will make the whole process easier. Knowledge is power.

First Steps

Ready to get started? Here are a few tips to begin a successful journey to parenthood.

IVF Process: 4 Steps to Getting Pregnant

Many couples achieve pregnancy through IVF. Learn more about 4 primary components to this process.


If you and your partner are struggling to get pregnant, fertility drugs may be the solution.

IVF With Frozen Eggs

Are you looking to get pregnant on a timeline? Frozen eggs are typically available 2-3 months earlier than fresh eggs.

IVF with Donor Eggs

IVF with an egg donor offers a glimmer of hope for those who have given up.

Embryo Transfer

Learn more about the stages of the embryo transfer process and tips to achieve the best results.

Mini IVF- The Process

An alternative to traditional IVF, this process involves less medication, less time, and at a lower cost.

Is IVF Right For You?

Everyone is different, and there are a variety of alternatives to achieving fertility besides IVF. Let’s figure out what works best for you.

IVF Success Factors

The more you learn about specific IVF success factors, the more control you will feel about high-tech treatments that help you get pregnant and start a family.

IVF Success Tips

Follow these guidelines and you will be on your way to achieving a successful IVF treatment and hopefully a pregnancy.

Becoming Pregnant With Multiples

It is common for IVF treatment to yield twins, triplets, or more! Learn more about becoming pregnant with multiple babies and overcoming any risks.

IVF Success Rates

The expertise and experience of our dedicated medical team, including highly experienced embryologists, laboratory support staff and specially trained nurses contribute greatly to our success rates.

Assisted Hatching

Learn more about this technique that happens with IVF to help an embryo implant in a woman’s womb.

Affording IVF

We ease worries about how much IVF will cost so you can focus on becoming a parent.

Multiple Embryo Transfer Risks

Transferring multiple embryos during an in vitro fertilization procedure (IVF) comes with benefits and risks.

Stress and Fertility Treatments

Struggling with the stress of fertility treatments? Here are the most common causes of stress during this process and how to cope.