In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization is a common option for many couples who have not been able to conceive. IVF can be the solution for a variety of fertility problems:
- A women’s fallopian tubes are absent or blocked, preventing the sperm and eggs from meeting
- A man has very poor sperm counts
- A women has exhausted her own supply of quality eggs and requires donor eggs
- A woman has severe endometriosis
- A man has immunologic infertility, which occurs when antibodies to sperm prevent normal motility and function
- Other fertility methods, such as artificial or intrauterine insemination, have not been successful
- Infertility is unexplained
Depending on the fertility problem, the eggs and sperm used in IVF may be the couple’s own or may come from donors.
Members of our staff — experts in infertility — guide each couple through every step of the in vitro fertilization process. Professional counseling with a psychotherapist is also offered.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Success Rates
IVF success rates depend on a variety of factors, including the woman’s age. At the Reproductive Medicine Center, we take an individual approach to each patient to encourage the best possibility of success.
View the most recent statistics through the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Costs of In Vitro Fertilization
Fertility testing may be covered by health insurance, though fertility treatment typically is not covered. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin offer package pricing for fertility treatments. You may also qualify for the Attain IVF program.
Risks of In Vitro Fertilization
The main risks associated with IVF are:
- Over-stimulation of the ovaries Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, or OHSS, causes body fluid to collect in the abdomen. Severe OHSS, requiring hospitalization, occurs in less than 1 percent of women who undergo IVF.
- Multiple births Because two embryos are usually placed in the uterus during an IVF cycle, 20 percent to 25 percent of births will result in twins; in older women, more than two embryos may be transferred, which slightly increases the rate of higher order multiples.
- Egg retrieval complications Egg retrieval is a minor surgical procedure and carries the same risks as other surgical procedures. Complications are uncommon but may include infection, bleeding and injury to surrounding tissues.