In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In 1978, a breakthrough in gynecologic medicine became the most successful form of fertility treatment ever developed. Today, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) – the process by which an egg is injected with sperm in a laboratory dish for fertilization to occur outside of the body – remains the gold standard of fertility treatments. Thanks to IVF, millions of people have been able to achieve their dream of building a family.
Since 2013, MCRM Fertility has helped thousands of patients become pregnant through IVF. Thanks to decades of refinements to the process, IVF has evolved to a highly systemized, streamlined set of protocols, and our excellent success rates are a testament to this fact. As a result, IVF is one of the most cost-effective fertility treatment options available today.
Why Choose MCRM Fertility for IVF?
We often get asked the question, “If IVF success rates are high across all clinics, why should I choose MCRM Fertility?” Our patients tell us the greatest benefit they experience at MCRM goes beyond the superior expertise and state-of-art technology we provide – it’s about how we make them feel.
Against a backdrop of exceptional science and our years of collective experience in women’s health, MCRM is all about treating patients as individuals, respecting their personal experiences, and hearing what they think and feel. Infertility is a deeply emotional concept that most of us never dream of dealing with. It’s the reason compassion is the guiding light for our entire staff. All of us at MCRM Fertility believe that empathy for our patients is as important to our job as scientific excellence.
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The IVF journey begins with an initial consultation at one of our clinics in St Louis, MO or Tulsa, OK. Continue reading to learn more about IVF at MCRM Fertility, including our unique approach IVF.
What to Expect
We see patients who’ve had a wide variety of experiences with infertility when they walk through our door. Some have been trying for years while others are just starting out. Some have read every detail about IVF. Others have heard success stories from friends.
To better prepare you for the initial consultation, you’ll receive some materials to help you understand the evaluation process. You’ll also complete the patient portal which is critical to help us understand your health history and lifestyle – all of which become the foundation for making all decisions about how we approach treating your fertility challenges.
On the day of your initial consultation, you’ll visit with one of our fertility specialists. Some patients may opt to undergo their fertility tests ahead of their consultation in which case, they’re ready to immediately discuss treatment options.
With results in hand, we’ll be able to recommend the best course of action for treatment. If we recommend IVF as your best option for treatment, you’ll decide if and when you want to move forward. As part of your initial consultation, you’ll also have a chance to sit down and discuss costs and treatment package options with a MCRM financial counselor.
How MCRM Optimizes the IVF Process
Today’s IVF process is highly systemized and streamlined. The medications used are effective and proven, with 20 years of research and data behind them. In short, IVF has been perfected to the point that we are able to minimize the timeframes, the number of injections, and stress on the patient, while optimizing the outcomes.
IVF treatment is a multi-step process which may include:
- Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH)
- Ultrasound Monitoring
- Bloodwork Monitoring
- Egg Retrieval (ER)
- Advanced Sperm Selection (utilized on a case-by-case basis)
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- Assisted Hatching
- Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT-A)
- Embryo Transfer (ET)
- Embryo Freezing
How is MCRM's Approach to IVF Unique?
After you have completed the initial diagnostic screening process:
- Initial Consultation
- Diagnostic evaluation of both the Male and Female Fertility Factors
- Reviewed evaluation results
it will be time to decide on a treatment process that is most suitable for your particular situation. If you choose to utilize In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), you can expect to follow through a process that includes multiple stages.
Is IVF the Right Treatment for You?
Your diagnostic tests, along with your medical history, will be used to identify any medical conditions that may be impacting your ability to get pregnant. IVF is the recommended approach for the following medical conditions:
Severe Male Factor – A combination of severely decreased quantity of sperm (far below the 5th percentile on the curve) and impaired sperm quality (identified using DNA Fragmentation). Our exclusive Nanobead Sperm Selection procedure assists in the selection of the “best” sperm.
- Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR)
- Multiple Combined Factors including both Male and Female Fertility Factors
- Tubal Factors
- Recurrent Miscarriage
How Much Will IVF Cost?
IVF is considered the most cost-efficient method of assisted reproductive technology. However, it is not inexpensive.
That said, we’re extremely sensitive to our patients’ concerns over budget, and we as physicians, along with our financial counselors encourage the hard conversations. We want to help make pregnancy and building a family possible for you.
Let Us Help You Start Your Family
We know you have choices when it comes to fertility clinics, and we hope we’ve helped you understand how MCRM’s personal, caring approach can make your IVF experience more comfortable and positive for you in so many ways. If you have further questions about IVF or would like to set up a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our offices. We’d be honored to help you build your family.