When people think of fertility treatments, the most common procedure that comes to mind is IVF. So, what exactly does IVF entail and could it be right for you? The reproductive specialists at Sher Fertility Institute New York in Manhattan give a quick overview of everything you need to know about in vitro fertilization.

What is IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a common procedure that stimulates a woman’s ovaries using fertility medication in order to produce multiple mature eggs which are then removed from her body to be fertilized with sperm. The resulting embryos grow in the lab for three to five days, and the best one or two are implanted back into the uterus.

Are there different types of IVF?

For patients looking for a more natural approach, Sher Fertility Institute New York offers Natural Cycle IVF which does not use fertility medications to stimulate ovulation. Instead it follows the natural ovulation cycle of the woman. Once the egg is retrieved, the same steps apply as traditional IVF.

We also offer low-stim IVF, a minimal stimulation IVF procedure. In this procedure, the patient uses low dose fertility medications, which may be tolerated better. This option may also be more affordable than traditional IVF. This method may not be as successful due to a smaller number of eggs being retrieved compared to traditional IVF.

What happens to the embryos that are not used in the IVF cycle?

If there are any remaining viable embryos, they can be frozen for future IVF cycles.

How much does IVF cost?

In the state of New York, IVF may be covered by your insurance! If you are covered by a large group insurance plan, check to see your new coverage this year, as your IVF cycle might be covered by health insurance now.

Sher Fertility Institute New York wants to help grow your family without putting you through additional financial stress, so we have a variety of payment options for IVF and our other fertility treatments. Lending Club Patient Financing, Health Credit Services (HCS), Prosper Healthcare, and Fertility Financing with CapexMD all provide financing options for fertility patients. Learn which option is right for you!