Helping You Make an Educated Decision by Answering IVF FAQs
Understandably, many patients have questions about in vitro fertilization (IVF). At Los Angeles Reproductive Center (LARC), we strive to provide transparency and educate our patients about their fertility treatment options. Our double board-certified fertility specialists, Drs. Marc Kalan and Nurit Winkler, provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about IVF. While these answers can provide clarity and help you better understand the treatment, we highly recommend that you visit or contact us at one of our offices in Encino and Bakersfield, CA, to find out if IVF is the best solution for you and your family.
When is IVF Recommended?
IVF is a common fertility treatment often recommended to patients struggling to conceive due to:
- Obstructed fallopian tubes
- Male factor infertility
- Diminished ovarian reserve
- Unexplained infertility
- Failed IUIs
- Genetic problems
- Fertility preservation
- And more
Patients who wish to select the gender of their child may also choose to undergo IVF.
What Does IVF Entail?
IVF is a fairly extensive process which consists of five key steps:
- Ovarian stimulation
- Egg Retrieval
- Fertilization of the Egg
- Embryo Transfer
We will work closely with you throughout each stage to help you achieve successful treatment.
Is IVF Safe?
It is important to note that treatment risks of IVF are very low. However, potential risks may include:
- Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Multiple births (especially if you decide to transfer more than 1 embryo)
- Side effects of fertility medications such as bruising and bloating
Our doctors make every effort to minimize your risks.
Is the Risk of Multiple Births High?
With advancements in IVF techniques, the risk of multiple births has significantly declined over the last decade. According to a recent study, this can be attributed to the increased precision of the treatment, which reduces the possibility of transferring more than one embryo during treatment.
Are There Restrictions?
As with many treatments, we usually recommend that patients follow certain guidelines in order to improve their candidacy, such as:
- Smoking cessation
- Avoiding alcohol consumption
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a balanced diet
- Decreasing extremely strenuous exercise
- Limiting caffeine consumption
Depending on you and your partner's particular circumstances, the doctor may provide further instructions to prevent certain habits or activities from interfering with treatment.
Are IVF Injections Painful?
While you may experience some discomfort when administering injections, our team will provide you with detailed instructions to help you ensure you are using the proper technique. We will also monitor you throughout the duration of medication use and can provide further guidance.
At LARC, we strive to provide transparency and educate our patients about their fertility treatment options.
Will Insurance Cover IVF?
Insurance coverage for fertility care can vary significantly between each provider. In some cases, your treatment may be completely covered, in other cases, there is no coverage at all. Our staff can talk to you about IVF cost, help you navigate this complex process, and optimize any insurance coverage you may have. If needed, we also offer payment options for qualifying patients.
Does LARC Offer IVF for International Patients?
We provide IVF as well as other fertility treatments for patients from across the globe. Our practice makes every effort to accommodate our international patients, including:
- Customized treatment plans
- Multi-lingual staff
- Working with translators
- Mobile applications
- Convenient location near LAX
- Familiarity with coordinating treatment from overseas
You can rest assured that will provide the highest level of care no matter where you are located.
Trusted Fertility Care
At LARC, we take pride in providing our patients with leading fertility care to help you start or grow your family. To learn more about IVF, contact us online or call us at (805) 427-2959.