Commonly Asked Questions about IVF

Preparing for an IVF (or in-vitro fertilization) cycle can be exciting and may leave you feeling as if you are navigating a lot of uncertainty. We’ve pulled together a compilation of resources based on commonly asked questions to help you prepare for the process.  

What’s involved in IVF?

IVF is one of the most common fertility treatments, but it can be a confusing process. An IVF cycle begins with 2-3 weeks of ovarian stimulation in which a patient attends 4-6 monitoring appointments and undergoes a course of injectable medications intended to produce follicles that contain eggs. Injections are usually done for an average of 9-12 days. The eggs are retrieved, and fertilization occurs in the embryology laboratory. Embryos will typically develop for 5-7 days, and in an IVF Freeze-All cycle, all embryos are frozen.    

Explore the videos in Progyny’s IVF Procedure YouTube playlist to learn more.

What medications would I need to take?

There are many IVF protocols, and your doctor will choose one that is best for you and your unique journey. You often need to inject these medications at home and we know that can be one of the most daunting parts of fertility treatment.  

Explore the videos in Progyny’s IVF Medication YouTube playlist to learn more.

What is PGT-A and is it covered?

The embryos created during the IVF process may undergo PGT-A (preimplantation genetic testing) which involves testing a small embryo biopsy for chromosomal abnormalities. Only euploid embryos (those with the correct number of chromosomes) are preserved and saved for future transfer. PGT-A reduces the risk of pregnancy loss and increases the probability of a successful and healthy pregnancy. Listen to Progyny network provider, Dr. Lora Shahine of Pacific NW Fertility, break down this test.

Your Progyny coverage may include PGT-A in an IVF authorization. Our in-network PGT-A labs can be found here: In-Network Laboratories | Progyny.  

What are my chances of success?

The good news is that success rates when transferring a euploid embryo are high! In fact, one study indicates a cumulative live birth rate of 92.6% with up to three embryo transfers, when one euploid embryo is transferred each time.   

We are always here to help. Progyny members can always reach out to your PCA and our team of clinical educators to learn more.