In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process where eggs and sperm are combined outside of the uterus to create fertilized embryos. Following IVF treatment, an embryo can be transferred to the womb to develop. This IVF treatment process has been used for 30+ years. It’s the most common method of medically assisted pregnancy, with the highest success rates.
The Oma difference
Oma uses Oma Sperm InSight™ and our proprietary AI microscope, which together help our embryologists select the most promising sperm cell for IVF treatment. The microscope helps them analyze 20x more sperm cells than a traditional microscope in the same amount of time. Oma Sperm InSight is our AI technology that identifies the most promising sperm based on criteria from the World Health Organization.
Ultrasound machines display images of follicles to allow for more accurate and faster monitoring.
Embryo incubation uses the latest technology that allows for precise control of the environment and maximum chances for your embryos to mature.
Gold-standard method intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is always included at no extra cost. ICSI has a ~72% fertilization rate compared to ~60% for regular IVF.
No additional costs for extra blood work, tests, ultrasounds, appointments, or monitoring.
IVF at Oma may be right for heterosexual and LGBTQIA+ couples and singles who
Have tried to conceive for 6+ months.
Need medically assisted pregnancy to have a child.
Haven’t had success with other fertility treatments (like medication and insemination).
Have PCOS, endometriosis, low sperm count, or other diagnoses that can affect fertility.
The full IVF journey
Fertility Testing & Diagnosis
Depending on your reason for choosing IVF, you’ll go through diagnostic testing to look into the cause of your infertility. IVF is not always necessary or feasible, so your doctor might recommend alternative treatments to start.
Care Coordination & Financial Consultation
An Oma staff member will go over the financial side of the IVF process with you. Your clincial team will review your calendar, order your medication, and prepare you for your treatment.
Pre-IVF Hormonal Preparation
To prepare your body for IVF, you’ll need to take birth control pills. It might seem counterintuitive, but birth control helps:
- Prepare your ovaries to respond better to hyperstimulation medicine
- Coordinate your cycle so you can plan your treatment around your schedule
In addition to starting birth control, we may perform additional tests and recommend lifestyle adjustments as needed.
Stimulating Egg Production
During this step, you’ll begin hormonal treatments by either taking a pill or an injectable medication. This medication encourages your ovaries to produce more mature eggs than they would naturally. The end goal is to get at least three mature and fully-developed eggs. We’ll track your egg development with blood tests and ultrasounds. It takes time for your body to adjust to the hormones and nurture your new eggs, so this stage can take several weeks.
Ovulation & Egg Retrieval
Once you’ve produced enough mature eggs, you’ll receive a hormone injection that induces ovulation (releasing the mature eggs). After about 36 hours, you’ll return to our office for the outpatient egg retrieval procedure. An anesthesiologist will place you under IV sedation and our specialists will remove the eggs. This only takes about 15 minutes, and you’ll rest comfortably afterwards in one of our recovery rooms. After about 30 minutes, you’ll be able to go home.
AI-Supported Sperm Selection
Oma Sperm InSight™ and our proprietary AI microscope help our embryologists select the most promising sperm cells for IVF, no matter where they are in the sample. These AI tools also track the sperm as they move within the sample, so embryologists don’t have to rely on hand-eye coordination and fast reflexes.
IVF Process & Monitoring
We perform the fertilization in our state-of-the-art lab with the retrieved eggs and selected sperm cells provided by your partner or a sperm donor.
Once the eggs have been retrieved a single sperm is injected into each egg in a process called ICSI to complete the insemination process.
Our lab specialists closely monitor the embryos as they develop and will give you updates on their progression. During this stage, we can also screen for certain genetic disorders, ensuring only the healthiest embryos with the greatest chance of a successful IVF pregnancy are transferred. If you’d like, we can also reveal the sex of embryos.
The doctor will meet with you to determine the best transfer plan. Our goal is to maximize the chance of a successful IVF pregnancy while minimizing the chance of multiple births. Your age and prior history with IVF will affect your transfer plan.
Once you and your doctor agree on a plan, we’ll perform the transfer. This outpatient procedure doesn’t require sedation––it’s quick and often compared to the sensation of a pap smear. Any high-quality embryos left over can be frozen for use in future IVF cycles.
Pregnancy Testing & Monitoring
After the transfer, you'll take medications that help support your pregnancy in the early stages. After about two weeks, you’ll take a pregnancy test. If the test is positive, we’ll administer another test soon after to make sure the pregnancy is progressing successfully. If everything goes well, you’ll be well on your journey to building your family. If your pregnancy test is negative, we’ll schedule a follow-up visit to discuss your options.
Any high-quality embryos that are left after an implantation attempt can be frozen by vitrification to be used in a future embryo transfer. Vitrification is a special way to freeze your eggs and embryos that avoids trauma to the cells. Water is removed from the eggs or embryos and replaced with an “antifreeze”. Then the egg is quickly brought to a very cold temperature. By removing the water and freezing it quickly, your eggs or embryos are safe from damaging ice crystal formation.
What lifestyle factors can affect fertility or IVF success for women?
Weight, smoking, consuming alcohol, drug use, excessive caffeine, exposure to toxins, stress, and over-exercising are all among common factors that may affect fertility or IVF success for women.
What lifestyle factors can affect fertility or IVF success for men?
Similar to the issues that may affect fertility for women, weight, smoking, excessive caffeine, consuming alcohol, drug use, and stress are all lifestyle factors that may affect fertility or IVF success for men.
How long is the IVF process?
From the time your IVF cycle starts to getting embryos created, typically takes about two weeks.
Do I need to take time off work for IVF?
All IVF appointments at Oma Fertility are outpatient procedures, meaning you never have to stay overnight at our clinic. You will need to take time off for your egg retrieval and you may choose to take time off from work for other appointments or procedures at your discretion, however we can schedule appointments 7 days a week with virtual visits available as appropriate.
Can I switch from another fertility clinic to Oma?
Yes. Our team of Care Advocates can help you coordinate details including the transfer of frozen eggs or frozen embryos from another clinic.
Is IVF covered by insurance?
Advances in infertility treatments have helped thousands of people become parents, but insurance coverage requirements vary by state and insurance plan. Check with your insurance provider to understand the fertility treatment benefits available to you.
At Oma Fertility our financial coordinators can help make your treatment even more affordable. They’ll help you navigate your insurance options, how to use your FSA/HSA benefits, apply for financing, and find grants. We also partner with CapexMD for fertility financing.
How much is donor egg IVF?
Donor Egg IVF costs $17,500, and like all of Oma Fertility’s pricing it is a flat price without hidden fees, surprise costs or inflated margins.
The cost for Donor Egg IVF includes 6 donor eggs, sperm selection aided by Oma Sperm InSight, ICSI technique, and one year of storage for viable embryos.
What is Donor Egg IVF?
Donor Egg IVF is designed for women who are unable to provide their own eggs for fertilization. When you use Donor Egg IVF through Oma, eggs from a thoroughly vetted donor can be used for IVF. The IVF process will remain the same as in any other case, however instead of your own eggs, the donor eggs will be combined with sperm to create embryos.
How long does donor egg IVF take?
The process to choose your donor can be variable. Your donor banks can provide more information.The process to create embryos via IVF typically takes about two weeks. After that, it takes another 3 weeks to grow them out. Once this step is complete, you can proceed with your transfer cycle.
How to prepare for egg donor IVF naturally?
When doing IVF with an egg donor, a healthy lifestyle is always important when starting IVF of any kind. Exercise and a nutritious diet are both important. Your doctor will also recommend you begin taking a daily prenatal vitamin before conception. Lastly, stress-reducing activities like mediation, yoga or acupuncture are also a good idea as less stress is better for your overall health.
Are there risks to egg donor IVF?
IVF can result in a range of side effects during the various stages and procedures. You can read about day-by-day signs and symptoms of embryo transfer here. Additionally, with IVF there is an increased risk of multiple pregnancies.
What is ICSI?
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI (pronounced ick-c) is a technique used in IVF where a sperm cell is injected directly into the center of an egg to increase the chances of fertilization. In traditional IVF, without the use of ICSI, eggs and sperm are combined in a dish to begin the fertilization process. In both traditional IVF and IVF using ICSI, not all eggs fertilize and not all fertilized eggs develop into healthy embryos. Our embryologists closely monitor embryo development and after completing genetic testing on those that reach maturity, an embryo can be transferred to a woman’s uterus. ICSI has a ~72% fertilization rate compared to ~60% for regular IVF.
Does IVF include embryo transfer?
While the final stage of the IVF process is the embryo transfer, from a financial standpoint, these are two separate Oma treatment packages because we don’t want any patient forced to pay for an embryo transfer if there are no viable embryos in a cycle.
The most common type of transfer Oma performs is the frozen embryo transfer, however in some cases a fresh embryo transfer is also an option. We typically perform frozen transfers because it allows for genetic testing which increases the chance of an embryo successfully implanting. In either case, the embryo transfer is a quick outpatient procedure that requires no sedation and feels similar to a pap smear.
What is the IVF success rate?
There are many factors that can influence IVF success rates. In general IVF with ICSI has a much higher success rate than regular IVF (~72% fertilization rate compared to ~60%). At Oma, we include ICSI as a standard part of our IVF treatment package and not an add-on cost like many other clinics. Our goal is to increase your chances of success with the fewest number of cycles and ICSI is just one way we try to accomplish that. You can read more about success rates here.
Are there risks to IVF?
Is IVF painful?
In general IVF is not a painful procedure. Your doctor will prescribe injections that you’ll be required to self-administer which could be somewhat painful. Both the egg retrieval and embryo transfer procedures are not typically considered to be painful procedures, and are often compared to the feeling of a pap smear.