Fertility care that
informs and supports

Getting pregnant isn’t always easy, but your fertility care should be.

You deserve the facts

We are all different. But some facts and averages can help you understand your present, so you can better prepare for your future.

There are 6 “fertile” days each month

There’s a 5 - 25% chance of pregnancy during fertile days

The quality and quantity of our eggs declines with age

11% of women have trouble conceiving during reproductive years

PCOS is the most common cause of infertility aside from age

Men are equally as important as women in the fertility equation

Lifestyle factors can affect your fertility

Infertility does not mean that you won’t be able to conceive

10s of thousands of babies are born through IVF every year

How IVF Works

An IVF cycle takes about one month from the day you start medication to your pregnancy test. 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. Since everyone’s individual experience is unique, the specific days included below are averages.

Step I

Fertility Assessment

An IVF cycle takes about one month from the day you start medication to your pregnancy test. 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. Since everyone’s individual experience is unique, the specific days included below are averages.

Step II

Personalized Plan

Once your 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.

Step III
(Day 1–13)

Stimulation Process

You’ll be giving yourself small at-home hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries, so 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.

Step IV
(Day 14)

Egg Retrieval & Sperm Collection

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.

Step V
(Day 19)

Embryo Transfer

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.

Step VI
(Day 28)

Pregnancy Test

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.