When conception happens naturally, an egg which has been released from an ovary is fertilized by sperm in the fallopian tube. In IVF, fertilization takes place in a lab, where embryologists carefully select and combine an egg with sperm. Successfully fertilized eggs are monitored until they reach the blastocyst stage, and often undergo genetic testing to check for any concerns. The team then selects the best embryo for transfer into the woman’s uterus, where it will continue to develop throughout pregnancy.
Good questions to ask when considering IVF:
IVF maximizes your chances of conception, and in certain cases is the most direct path to growing your family.
If you’re comparing IUI with IVF and wondering where your money is best spent, make sure you understand your diagnosis. Not all patients are good candidates for all treatment options.
IVF allows you to freeze eggs and embryos for use at a later date. Both egg and embryo freezing are safe and effective options to preserve your future fertility options.
Do you know if your employer or insurance provider provides fertility benefits? If you’re an Ontario resident, are you eligible and can you afford to wait for a funded cycle? Depending on your diagnosis, IUI may be a good use of limited funds or one-time medication coverage.
In this form of IVF, an egg is fertilized by direct injection of sperm.
Some of these tests are covered by OHIP. If you have concerns about cost, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
IVF is safe and effective for individuals and couples looking to conceive. If we decide together that it’s the right treatment option for you, we’ll be with you every step along the way.
With in vitro fertilization using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI-IVF), a single sperm cell is injected directly into the cytoplasm of the egg. This can increase the number of eggs that are successfully fertilized, boosting the chances of a successful pregnancy. We may recommend this measure based on a number of factors, including:
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