IVF Overview

IVF at Pacific Fertility Center

What is in vitro fertilization (IVF)?

In Vitro Fertilization

IVF literally it means "fertilization in glass," because the woman's eggs and the man's sperm are fertilized in a Petri dish. During the IVF process, a patient's natural cycle is carefully manipulated through the use of fertility medications. These medications stimulate the ovaries to produce not one, but a number of mature eggs. At the right time, the eggs are retrieved from the ovaries. At this time, the male supplies a sperm sample (or a stored, frozen sample is used). The eggs and sperm are placed in a Petri dish and fertilized. At the proper time, the embryos are transferred into the woman's uterus.

When is IVF recommended?

IVF is considered to be one of the most efficient forms of fertility treatment, in that it usually provides the highest rates of successful conception for any one treatment cycle. For patients with severe male factor infertility or significantly blocked fallopian tubes, IVF treatment is the only realistic treatment option. It is often recommended for older patients or when IUI and medications have not been successful.

Pacific Fertility Center, located in Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area, is considered one of the premier IVF Centers in the United States, with a high volume of IVF cycles and consistent outstanding results.

To read about the stages of IVF, read the IVF Process.

If a question or concern is not answered during the tour please do not hesitate to contact our IVF treatment staff. You can also visit our Bay Area center to discuss IVF treatment in further detail.

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