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In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART), an IVF procedure that is often used to achieve IVF success when a woman's fallopian tubes are blocked or when a man has a low sperm count. We use a special drug to stimulate the ovaries into producing multiple eggs in our IVF clinic. We remove these eggs after maturity and place them in a culture dish with the man's sperm for fertilization. After about 40 hours, we examine the eggs to see if they have become fertilized. After three to five days, we place the fertilized eggs (embryos) in the woman's uterus, thus bypassing the fallopian tubes. IIVF means fertilization outside of the body. IVF is the most effective form of ART.

Counseling & Support Groups

If you've been having problems getting pregnant, you know how frustrating it can feel. Not being able to achieve pregnancy is one of the most stressful experiences a couple can have. Counseling and support groups can help you and your partner talk about your feelings and meet other couples like you in the same situation. You will learn that feeling anger, grief, blame, guilt and depression are all normal. Couples survive infertility and often become closer and stronger in the process. Ask your doctor for the names of counselors or therapists with an interest in fertility.

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) uses special methods, including in vitro fertilization, to help infertile couples and involves manipulating the woman's eggs and the man's sperm. Success rates vary and depend on many factors. But ART has made it possible for many couples to have children who otherwise would not. Health insurance companies often fail to provide coverage for infertility or provide only limited coverage. Check your health insurance contract carefully to learn what is covered. Also, some states have laws for infertility insurance coverage, including Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia.


“If you want to be treated exceptionally well by helpful staff, a welcoming front office and a highly knowledgeable, caring and responsive clinical team, then look no further. Dr. Brian Acacio and his team helped us conceive and also made sure that we never felt alone in the process. It's an extremely dedicated group of people that genuinely help people fulfill their dream of parenthood.”

Our Locations
  • Acacio Fertility Center
    in Laguna Niguel

    27882 Forbes Road, Suite 200
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

    Phone number: 949-249-9200
    Fax number: 949-249-9203

  • Acacio Fertility Center
    in Bakersfield

    2225 19th Street
    Bakersfield, CA 93301

    Phone number: 661-326-8066
    Fax number: 661-843-7706

  • Acacio Fertility Center
    in Mission Viejo

    26800 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 560
    Mission Viejo, CA 92691

    Phone number: 949-249-9200
    Fax number: 949-249-9203