In vitro fertilization is the preferred or most common infertility treatment used when the fallopian tubes are severely damaged or absent, and for unexplained or male factor infertility. Due to its high success rate, IVF has been used more frequently in recent years as a first line of therapy for all causes of infertility.
The following steps are taken when performing in vitro fertilization:
- The ovaries are stimulated to produce multiple egg-containing follicles.
- Progression of follicular development is followed by evaluating hormone levels and performing ultrasounds at the appropriate times.
- A transvaginal ultrasound guides the retrieval of the eggs.
- The recovered eggs are immediately transferred to the laboratory where they are cultured and fertilized.
- On a predetermined date, the developing preembryos are inserted into the uterus.
Learn more about the IVF step-by-step process.
These procedures involve a variety of carefully choreographed procedures to ensure the best success. The procedure itself, including the laboratory work, is performed in Penn Fertility Care's central state-of-the-art facility.
Penn Fertility Care's In Vitro Fertilization Program offers the following services and programs related to the IVF process:
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Donor Egg Program
- Donor Embryo Program
- Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Need an appointment? Request one online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to speak to a referral counselor.