Beating Infertility on a Budget
In Vitro Fertilization Chicago
In vitro fertilization (IVF) has steadily gained popularity among fertility specialists and patients.
The in vitro fertilization process is simple, in theory. In general, the process can be broken into 3 segments (1) ovarian stimulation (2) oocyte retrieval and fertilization and (3) embryo transfer. During ovarian stimulation, the female partner, or donor, undergoes several days of injections to stimulate follicle development. Thereafter, she undergoes a minimally invasive procedure, an ultrasound guided oocyte retrieval, to recover the eggs.
The eggs and sperm are manually combined in a Petri dish in our laboratory (in vitro) rather than in the fallopian tube (in vivo), creating a fertilized embryo. The embryos develop in vitro and are thenplaced in the uterus of the female patient or the surrogate, in a process known as an ultrasound guided embryo transfer (ET) several days after the retrieval. At RMI, we often recommend blastocyst (day 5) transfer, as healthy blastocyst transfer increases the chance for implantation and pregnancy and lowers the risk of multiple pregnancy. However, the duration of the IVF process is dependent on the unique protocol designed for you by your fertility specialist, and the number of embryos transferred is dependent on both the female partner’s age as well as the quality of the embryos. While the process is relatively simple, a fertilized embryo does not necessarily mean a child will be produced. There are a number of issues that can arise, and it may take several attempts with in vitro fertilization at our Chicago-area centers for the embryo to take hold in the uterus. While the potential cost may dissuade some patients, Reproductive Medicine Institute offers low-cost in vitro fertilization solutions as well as financing options.
Infertility, and the treatment that goes with it, can be difficult for patients, and those that love them. While In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) generally yields the best results, it also can produce a level of stress and discomfort, particularly for women who may not respond well to traditional protocols.
Team RMI seeks to customize the treatment plan to the patient; mind, body and spirit. Minimal stimulation IVF (MIVF) is an alternative to traditional IVF and requires less monitoring and less medication during the IVF cycle. Data suggests that for some women, the reduction in medication still produces comparable success rates. In addition, certain patients may have greater comfort in the MIVF approach, which stresses the importance of one good egg.
Talk to a Team RMI physician to find out if MIVF is right for you, your lifestyle and your family.