In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
We have proven our ability to achieve high rates of success. While doing so, we have also found ways of maintaining that success while keeping costs down.
Before proceeding we will give
you the total cost of IVF. There will be no surprises. In some
cases insurance will pay part of the cost even when it is not
specifically covered. In those cases that amount will be refunded.
The only additional costs are drugs, anesthesia, and embryo
freezing. We encourage you to look at our Two Cycle and Multicycle
package description. These multiple cycle options are frequently
similar to the cost of a single cycle at other centers.
Modern IVF - 2013
Many things have changed in IVF over the last 18 months.
- More than half of our cycles are now “freeze all” cycles
with no fresh embryo transfer. This is because of the growing
evidence that pregnancy rates are slightly higher with frozen
embryo transfer and more importantly, pregnancy outcome is
better with bigger babies and fewer complications for the
- We are also having more women bank embryos at a younger age
to use later since pregnancy rate depends on the mother’s age at
egg collection. Age at embryo transfer does not change pregnancy
rates. If a woman banks embryos at 32 and uses them at 40, her
chance of delivery is that of a 32 year old which is about 3
times higher than delivery rate with fresh eggs from a 40 year
- The third change is the growing number of couples that are doing embryo biopsy for genetic screening. Embryo labs are helping to keep the costs down by offering “batching”. The labs charge the same fee whether there is one embryo sample or 8 embryo samples. With genetic batching, blastocysts are biopsied at each cycle and shipped to the genetics lab which starts the analysis but stops after the first phase and saves the samples for analysis later. The couple continues to do IVF with embryo biopsy until they have a number that is more likely to result in some normal embryos. The lab then completes the analysis on all of the biopsy samples from all egg retrievals. One big advantage is that the embryos will not have to go through more than one freeze and thaw cycle as was frequently done in the past.
Because of these changes, we have had to come up with new
packages to allow couples to participate in the modern IVF. We
will update these packages as needed in the future. The choices
can get complicated so don’t expect to come to a firm conclusion
the first time you look over the options. We have created a
chart to present the choices.
Follow these links for more information on In Vitro Fertilization:
- What is In Vitro Fertilization?
- Who Should Consider
the IVF Program
- The IVF Cycle Schedule
- Factors that Optimize
Your Chance of Success with IVF
- IVF Success Rates
- Multi Cycle IVF Program
- Two Cycle Package
- IVF Package Comparison
- Patients in the Winston-Salem area
If, after viewing the information here, you have more questions concerning the IVF program, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Our staff would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.