Definition of Infertility
Infertility is defined as not having achieved a pregnancy after one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse, or if a couple has experienced multiple miscarriages.
When to seek help achieving pregnancy
For women over 35, or for those who have previously conceived, it is appropriate to seek evaluation and treatment after six months of trying. In addition, for women with known ovulation problems, endometriosis or tubal scarring, or if the male partner has a semen analysis that is not normal, it is appropriate to seek medical care sooner. Early detection and treatment of infertility can help achieve a successful pregnancy outcome
What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a form of assisted reproduction in which an egg from the female is fertilized outside of the body and then transferred to the uterus to allow the fetus to develop.
The IVF procedure allows many couples with fertility problems, including tubal factor infertility, endometriosis, and some male infertility conditions, to achieve pregnancy and a successful, full-term birth.
How successful is IVF?
IVF success is dependent on a number of factors, including female age and the reason for infertility. The patient will want to seek care from a high quality embryology laboratory. At RMA of Philadelphia, our state of the art IVF laboratory is located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Overall, IVF is one of the most successful infertility treatments available.
How does in vitro fertilization (IVF) work?
The in vitro fertilization process begins with the woman taking medication to induce ovulation, stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple follicles, in which each may contain an egg. The eggs are removed and analyzed by an embryologist. The women’s eggs are placed in a dish to mature for several hours prior to sperm being added, to achieve fertilization. In some cases, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be used. ICSI is the process whereby sperm is injected directly into the egg.
The day after egg retrieval, the embryologist will determine if fertilization has occurred. Approximately 72 hours after egg retrieval, embryos are ready to transfer into the uterus where they can continue natural development. Two weeks after the embryo transfer, the patient will return to the office for a blood test to determine if pregnancy has been achieved. Egg and sperm retrieval are relatively simple procedures. Additional options for IVF may include egg or sperm donation.
At RMA of Philadelphia, IVF monitoring is performed in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Willow Grove and Langhorne, PA. The embryology lab and IVF surgery center is located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
What is the cost of an IVF cycle?
Typically, the cost of in vitro fertilization in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Willow Grove and Langhorne, PA is under $10,000 per cycle. More than one attempt may be necessary to achieve conception. These costs do not include additional fees involved with the surgical retrieval of sperm.
At RMA of Philadelphia, we offer IVF financing options to help pay for IVF treatment.
Are there other fertility treatments available?
In addition to IVF, intrauterine insemination (IUI) can be use to try to achieve a pregnancy. IUI, also known as artificial insemination, may be used with Clomid® or injectable hormones to increase the chances of success.
Surgery may be necessary to assist with conception, including reversal of tubal ligation.
There may be instances where a patient or couple cannot use their own eggs, sperm or uterus to achieve a pregnancy. In these cases, egg donation, sperm donation or surrogacy may be appropriate. This is also known as third party reproduction, and RMA of Philadelphia can assist Pennsylvania, or out of state patients, with donor or surrogate process.
The doctors at RMA of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania perform IVF and all related infertility treatments, and will develop a fertility treatment plan that is right for each patient trying to conceive (TTC).