In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is usually recommended after other simpler methods of treatment have been tried and failed. However, based on the individual patient’s age and medical circumstances, IVF may be recommended as a first step in treatment. Thankfully, IVF methods and success have improved dramatically over the last 10 years and continue to improve with every year.
IVF is a complex and expensive process requiring the patients, physician, nurses and laboratory to communicate and work as a team toward a successful outcome.
Initially patients, with their physician, undergo an evaluation of their medical and family history and initiate any testing that may be required to more clearly define the couple’s fertility status. Next, a treatment plan is developed by the physician for the couple with specific protocols assigned to best provide for their success.