IVF program selection criteria

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is intended for patients experiencing infertility, for those with certain medical indications, for patients interested in selecting unaffected embryos to prevent a genetic disease, and in other circumstances constituting the need for gestational carrier.

Individuals must meet the following criteria for IVF:

Age limits

Women using their own eggs

We treat women up until age forty-three. Women at forty-three years of age may be accepted if they meet certain criteria.

Women using donor eggs

Eggs from an anonymous donor, known donor, or identified donor may be used up to a woman's fiftieth birthday.

Women using frozen embryos

Frozen embryos must be used by a woman's fiftieth birthday.

Women using a gestational carrier

One of the partners or a single person must be less than fifty-five years of age

Physical health

Weight

Being overweight can negatively affect the outcome of treatments and result in high-risk pregnancies. Patients will be encouraged to lose weight prior to treatment.

Substance abuse

No partner currently abusing alcohol, narcotics, or illicit drugs will be accepted until completion of a substance abuse program.

Smoking

All smokers will be encouraged to quit. Evidence indicates stimulation is poorer for those who smoke.

Emotional health

Patients who have been diagnosed or who exhibit severe psychiatric disturbance will not be allowed to participate in our program until completion of corrective therapy.

Couples who show signs of a severely dysfunctional, unstable, or abusive relationship will be required to receive therapy prior to treatment.

Last reviewed: 
February 2018

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