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In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

When your fertility becomes a concern and other methods of conception don’t result in pregnancy, you may choose in vitro fertilization (IVF), a laboratory-based procedure that combines sperm and egg. Implanting the fertilized egg into the uterus allows the embryo to grow.

Although in vitro fertilization often results in a higher success rate than most other fertility treatments, testing determines whether you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure.

Advanced Fertility Treatment Near You

When you’re ready to pursue IVF as a treatment option, talk with your doctor and OU Health’s expert reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) physicians in Oklahoma City. At OU Health, you benefit from a comprehensive fertility program that applies the latest information, education, technology and research to deliver IVF success rates consistently higher than the national average.

You’ll work with OU Health fertility specialists who follow guidelines set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine designed to help reduce the chances of a pregnancy with multiple gestations as a result of your IVF treatment.

If you face a cancer diagnosis and concern for fertility preservation, IVF may offer good options for your future family.

Is IVF Right for Me & My Family?

To help you and your doctor determine your status as a good candidate for IVF, count on OU Health’s full range of reproductive and infertility diagnostic testing services, including an onsite laboratory for fast results. Choose IVF if you experience reproductive health conditions such as:

Given the expense and time commitment required by IVF, your doctor may pursue other reproductive or fertility treatments first.

Options Beyond IVF

Your OU Health reproductive specialist will recommend the fertility treatment with the greatest opportunity for success. Instead of IVF, select other options if you don’t want to use donors, if you’re over 37 years of age, overweight or unable to produce healthy eggs, or if you experience abnormal hormone levels, fibroid tumors, ovarian dysfunction or uterine abnormalities.

Insurance Concerns & Financial Support for IVF

Insurance coverage and reimbursement for fertility or infertility treatment involves complex issues and many variables to determine whether or not carriers will provide support. Review your policy and talk to your insurance agent to understand your specific situation.

The majority of insurance plans fall into one of three categories.

  1. The plan provides no coverage at all for infertility services.
  2. The plan provides coverage only for the diagnostic phase of infertility services.
  3. The plan provides coverage for the diagnostic phase and for some – but not all – infertility treatment services.

This means that before you consider IVF and, especially, before you begin treatment, you need to:

  • Know your insurance plan. Talk directly with your insurance carrier or agent to find out specifically which infertility services (diagnostic services, treatments, procedures) are covered and which are not. Understand whether these services are covered in-network only or whether you have out-of-network benefits.
  • Avoid letting the physician’s status as an “in-network” provider determine your selection of a fertility center. You may discover more options exist within your insurance coverage.

When you understand your plan – what it covers and what it doesn’t – you can make certain all decisions about your infertility treatment reflect your complete awareness of the nature and scope of related clinical, psychological and financial elements.

Attain IVF Refund Program

At any time, you can explore the Attain IVF Refund Program and discover ways to ease your mind, improve your chances of achieving reproductive success and manage the cost of treatment. For about the price of two IVF cycles, you can prepay for up to three IVF cycles and three frozen embryo transfers, with a refund of at least 70 percent if you discontinue treatment or in the event you don’t achieve a pregnancy and bring baby home from the hospital. Talk with your doctor about submitting the free, no-obligation program application on your behalf, as well as other financing options for your fertility needs.

Your Expert IVF Care Team

Beginning with your first appointment, your expert OU Health IVF treatment team works with you and your loved ones to provide accurate information, precise evaluation and the latest advanced treatments, as well as optimal recommendations for care with compassionate support throughout the IVF process.

In addition to OU Health’s reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) physicians, your care team members also may include extensively trained maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists, women’s health providers, men’s health providers, fertility laboratory specialists and nurses who all hold years of experience delivering comprehensive, reliable care and treatment you can trust.