The fertility process often requires the use of medications, specifically hormone injections. Here’s a video of the most commonly used medication as instructed by a Patient Navigator. We are here to guide you on every step of your journey, and as such, we have videos providing in-depth instructions on how to self-administer medications throughout the process.
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Getting pregnant isn’t always easy. 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting or staying pregnant. Get started with a conception assessment, and we’ll figure the rest out together. Our assessments are covered by most major insurance plans.
Paths to Conception
The truth is, getting pregnant isn’t always easy. 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting or staying pregnant. This number increases to 1 in 3 after the age of 35. The good news is, reproductive healthcare can significantly improve your chances of conception.
Did you know we are only fertile for 5 days every month? Our first step will be to help you try to conceive naturally by setting the stage for success using ultrasound and blood work monitoring (or even a home ovulation predictor kit) to properly time and engage in sexual intercourse.
Oral medications like Clomid
Clomid works by making the body think that your estrogen levels are lower than they are, increasing the amount of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH) in the blood. Higher levels of FSH stimulate the ovary to produce an egg follicle, or multiple follicles, that will develop and be released during ovulation. High levels of LH stimulate ovulation. Consult with one of our physicians to learn more.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment involving artificial insemination where sperm that have been washed and concentrated are placed directly into the uterus around the time your ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilized.
In-Vitro Fertilization is a process that uses a combination of medicines and surgical procedures to help sperm fertilize an egg, and help the fertilized egg, or embryo, implant into the uterus. It’s a very quick and simple process that doesn’t require an anesthetic. Two weeks following the embryo transfer, a blood test is taken to determine if the procedure resulted in a pregnancy.
There isn’t only one way to build a family. We offer a variety of services to help you learn more about your options, and guide you through every step of your family-building journey. From Reciprocal IVF, to use of Donor Eggs or Donor Sperm and Gestational Carriers, we’re here to help you on your unique conception journey. Learn more here.
IVF with Kindbody
An IVF cycle takes about one month from the day you start taking medication to your pregnancy test. It includes ovarian stimulation monitoring, egg retrieval procedure, semen preparation, fertilization and culture of the eggs, and the embryo transfer procedure. Learn more about costs.
The Fertility Consultation is the first step of the IVF process, or just a way to learn more about your fertility. It includes a blood test for fertility hormones, a review of your medical history, an ultrasound, and a personalized treatment plan.
Once your assessment results are returned, a certified reproductive endocrinologist will recommend a personalized plan. A few more tests may be issued before beginning the stimulation process.
Your fertility care team will help you understand how to administer the at-home hormone injections before you begin.
Stimulation Process (Day 1-13)
You’ll be giving yourself small at-home hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries so that they can grow more eggs.
Throughout this protocol - usually 10-14 days - you’ll come in for regular scans and blood tests to monitor your response to the drugs and adjust your dosage as necessary.
When your hormones and follicles are at the right levels, a fertility specialist will provide you with a trigger injection, which allows your eggs to complete maturation and start the ovulation process. This happens about 36 hours before your egg retrieval.
Egg Retrieval & Sperm Collection (Day 14)
You’ll be sedated for about 10-15 minutes, while a physician collects your eggs. You may be a little sore afterward, but the majority of women resume normal activities the next day.
Typically, on the same day as your egg retrieval, a semen sample is collected from the male.
After the egg retrieval and sperm collection, an embryologist will place the eggs and sperm into an incubator to fertilize. Any resulting embryos are left to develop for 3-5 days and are closely monitored for quality.
Embryo Transfer (Day 19)
Around 3-5 days after your retrieval, the highest quality embryo(s) are transferred back into your uterus. You do not need to be sedated for the transfer - it only takes a few minutes and there is typically minimal, if any, discomfort.
Any high-quality embryos not transferred can be frozen for future use.
Note: if additional genetic screening is recommended on your embryos, you may need to wait up to one month between the retrieval and transfer.
Pregnancy Test (Day 28)
About 9-11 days after the transfer, you’ll take a pregnancy test to see if the embryo is developing into a fetus. Your fertility care team will guide you through the next steps and arrange for the appropriate support.
It’s important to note that more than one cycle is often needed — the average number of cycles is 2.5, but this varies widely.
More on the process
Here’s an overview of our Fertility Care pricing, but if you want to dive a little deeper, check out our pricing page. And, the good news: IVF coverage is increasingly a benefit offered by employers. The prices vary on your insurance coverage, and do not include the cost of bloodwork or medications, which can cost between $3,000-$6,000 if not covered by insurance.
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