Best In Vitro Fertilization in Los Angeles
IVF in Los Angeles
In the United States, 6.1 million women have trouble becoming pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. The reasons for this difficulty are vast — ovulation problems, a blocked fallopian tube, hormonal imbalance, age or even male infertility.
Whatever the reason, struggling with fertility problems can be an emotional and frustrating experience. Our team understands that it can quickly become overwhelming, especially if your infertility journey has lasted longer than you'd expected.
If you've tried medications or other fertility treatments without success, then your doctor has probably indicated that your next option may be in vitro fertilization (IVF). These days, it seems that everyone has heard of IVF, but there is a lot of mystery surrounding this procedure. Our Los Angeles-based IVF clinic is dedicated to making this process as simple, easy and fast as possible. Many of the people we assist have been on a years-long journey toward parenthood, and we know how much you desire a baby to fill out your family.
We can advise you on everything you need to know about the in vitro fertilization process in our Los Angeles office. You can ask all your questions, and we will get you the answers you need to decide if IVF is right for you. Throughout southern California, Western Fertility Institute is known for our compassionate care and outstanding results.
What Is IVF?
IVF is an advanced treatment that assists the process of egg fertilization and implantation using the latest medical technology and treatments. The process consists of stimulating egg production, retrieving viable eggs, fertilizing them with sperm in a lab setting, and then implanting them in the intended mother or a surrogate who will carry them through pregnancy.
Western Fertility Institute’s state of the art lab uses the latest technology and procedures to achieve some of the best success rates in the country. In fact, the CDC ranks us #1 in IVF success rates in the United States.
There are several reasons that your doctor may have recommended IVF. In most cases, IVF is recommended for people who:
- Do not become pregnant naturally after trying for at least six months.
- Do not become pregnant after the use of medications or other fertility treatments.
- Are carriers for certain genetic conditions or diseases they want to avoid passing on to a child.
Same-sex couples or single women who want to build a family are also candidates for IVF because it can be done using donor eggs or sperm. It's also used in the case of surrogacy, where a couple chooses another woman to carry their child for them.
The IVF Process
If you're considering IVF, then one of your first questions will naturally be "How is it done?" Understanding how the procedure works is the first step to understanding how it may help improve your chances of conceiving and having a child. Once it is determined that in vitro fertilization is the best course of treatment, the process is straightforward.
Once you decide to begin an IVF cycle, the woman's ovaries are stimulated using medication to produce several viable eggs. These medications consist of synthetic hormones that signal a woman's reproductive system to make and release more than one egg during a certain point in her monthly cycle. The more eggs we can capture, the better the odds of fertilization.
2. Retrieval and Collection
Once the medications do their job and stimulate egg production, the woman undergoes a retrieval procedure. The resulting crop of eggs is retrieved from the ovaries using a minimally invasive procedure, and sperm is collected from the male. These procedures take less than an hour in most cases. After the eggs are harvested, you may feel cramping or continued pressure in the uterus. We incubate the eggs as we begin preparing for fertilization.
3. Fertilization and Development
The eggs are fertilized in the lab using the male's sperm. They are then monitored for growth for 5 to 6 days. Depending on your age and your history of infertility, we may do other procedures at this time as well to increase the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy. We will explain them thoroughly so you understand what is being done and why.
The resulting healthy embryo(s) are then transferred into the uterus. This is usually a painless procedure using a catheter to guide the eggs. It could take up to 10 days for the embryo to implant in the uterine lining. For some patients, this waiting period can be difficult because they're anxious to find out if they're pregnant. But, it's essential to try to stay calm and be positive while you wait.
5. Pregnancy Test
Two weeks after transfer, a blood pregnancy test is done to determine if the procedure was successful. At this point, progesterone may be indicated to aid in maintaining a healthy uterine wall that will helps carry the baby to term. If the procedure was not successful, we can discuss ways to increase your likelihood of conceiving in the next cycle if you choose to repeat the in vitro fertilization.
How to Choose an IVF Clinic
If you're considering IVF, then it's important to do your homework. What should you look for in a potential IVF clinic?
One of the first things to look at is the clinic's current success rate, or the percentage of pregnancies and full-term babies that have resulted from their procedures. Then, compare their success rates to those of other clinics around the country. The best way to find these numbers is through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which keeps these statistics on their website. Due to reporting practices, these numbers are typically a couple of years behind, so remember that they may not tell the whole story.
Ask about how long the clinic's doctors and technicians have been on staff. A clinic that appears to have a lot of new staff members may have high turnover rates, which can be a sign of problems behind the scenes.
Although the word "limits" has a negative connotation, it's actually a good thing in this case. If the clinic in question has age limits for treatment in place, this can be a sign that they're more ethically minded than other competitors.
A clinic with a wide range of procedures and the latest in medical technology will offer a broader range of options, as well as more advanced treatment. This is also important to know upfront because it will be a factor into the cost of treatment. Why? The more options available to you, the longer you can potentially try to get pregnant, and the longer you try, the more money you may spend. Since finances are a huge concern to most couples, it's important to know upfront what treatments will cost, as well as what you're willing to spend.
How Much Does IVF Cost in Los Angeles, California?
Over the years, IVF and other infertility treatments have accumulated a reputation for having a significant financial cost. What many people don't realize is that there are a lot of factors involved in determining what a couple could pay for one or more rounds of IVF. Each couple may require a different series of tests and variations of the procedure. And, depending on a clinic's location or methods, prices may vary as well.
What will you likely pay for? The procedure itself — retrieving the eggs, fertilizing them and implanting them into the uterus — is only a part of the process and, therefore, only one of the expenses you may incur during an IVF cycle. Other costs associated with IVF include:
1. Fresh vs. Frozen Eggs
If you opt to use your own eggs, then you'll pay to have the eggs retrieved from your ovaries. If you have frozen eggs from a previous procedure, you've likely already paid to have them retrieved and frozen. Of course, if you are using eggs from a donor, then your costs may be lower because you won't be paying for the retrieval procedure.
During each stage of the IVF process, a woman will undergo a variety of tests, including blood and urine tests, ultrasounds and genetic testing.
3. Fertility Medications
There are several hormone therapies and medications that you'll need to take to prepare your body for egg harvesting — if you're using your own eggs — and then receiving the fertilized embryos once they're inserted into the uterus.
4. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
If your doctor has determined that your partner's low sperm mobility might play a factor in your infertility, this procedure is done to inject the sperm directly into the egg.
Does Insurance Cover IVF?
The answer to this question is a complicated one, because coverage varies, depending on your company and policy. Some insurance policies will cover at least a portion of IVF procedures. Others won't cover IVF itself, but they will cover the medications involved or the infertility diagnosis. If you're considering IVF, the best thing to do is to work closely with the clinic you've chosen, as well as your insurance company to determine what coverage is available to you.
Regardless of what coverage is available, it's a good idea to talk to us about what other financial options are available. Remember: we work with people like you every single day. We know the ins and outs of IVF and the financial costs associated with it. That means we are also an excellent resource for figuring out what your options are when it comes to the best way to pay for your treatment.
When talking about IVF, one of the common topics that also comes up is sex selection.
1. What Is Sex Selection?
It is common for many patients to be curious about the ability to choose the sex of their baby. This is known as Sex Selection (also commonly referred to as Gender Selection). Through genetic testing, this is possible for our patients undergoing IVF at Western Fertility Institute. A by-product of the genetic testing performed on the embryos called Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT_A) allows for differentiation between male and female embryos since the sex of each embryo is identifiable by their chromosomes.
2. How Does Sex Selection Work?
Sex selection through PGT_A testing allows patients to select the sex of their embryos with almost 100% accuracy. Our highly skilled embryologists will biopsy a single cell from the embryo and send it to a third-party laboratory for PGT-A testing. The PGT-A results will show if each embryo has the proper number of chromosomes as well as the prospective sex. Embryos containing two X chromosomes are female, while male embryos will contain one X and one Y chromosome. This allows the patient to choose a PGT-A embryo of the desired sex for transfer.
3. Why Do People Use Sex Selection?
Patients choose to use sex selection as an option for multiple reasons. In some cases, it can be used for medical reasons. Sex selection allows for the prevention of sex-linked genetic diseases and chromosomal disorders. For instance, there are certain disorders linked to the X or Y chromosomes that have the potential to be passed on to only a son or only a daughter. In other cases, sex selection can be used for what is known as "family balancing." Family balancing is when the patient chooses a specific sex to fulfill their desire for a balanced family. This can include choosing sex based on a previously lost child because they feel better equipped to raise a specific sex, or they want the representation of both sexes in their family.
IVF in Los Angeles
It's a beautiful and natural thing to want to start a family. Many people dream of holding their child in their arms for the first time, teaching them to play catch or watching them dance at a ballet recital. But, for some, that dream doesn't come as easily as they'd planned. In some cases, fertility issues might prevent a natural pregnancy from occurring. In other cases, a same-sex couple or single woman may be looking for a way to start their family. Whatever the case may be, Western Fertility Institute (WFI) provides a wide range of fertility treatments and procedures to turn the dream of having a child into a reality.
Our 81 percent success rate speaks volumes toward the experience and dedication of our medical team, but there's more to it than the numbers. We're committed to providing high-quality, ethical, personalized treatment every time. We are pleased to offer our patients access to the best IVF doctors in Los Angeles, and we believe there's no greater honor than helping them bring a new life into the world.
For more information or to make an appointment, contact us today.