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.