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Understanding IVF

IVF stands for in vitro fertilization, which works by using a combination of medicines and surgical procedures to help sperm fertilize an egg. Simply put, your doctor will retrieve several mature eggs directly from your ovaries and mix them with your partner’s sperm to fertilize the eggs, creating embryos. Your IVF Cary specialist will then put the embryos directly into your uterus via a catheter, leaving you pregnant if any of the embryos successfully implant in the lining of your uterus. If you are interested in learning more about IVF Cary through NCCRM, continue reading to gain a better understanding of candidate qualifications and success rates. 

Candidates for IVF

Since the eggs are retrieved directly from the ovaries and the embryo is transferred to the uterus via the cervix, IVF does not require open, clear fallopian tubes. IVF Cary through NCCRM has found that women with blocked fallopian tubes can successfully use IVF to achieve pregnancy.

IVF is also used for cases of male infertility that cannot be overcome with IUI Treatment or other fertility treatments. In some cases, men with no sperm in their semen may have sperm retrieved directly from the testicles or vas deferens. Men with low sperm count are more likely to achieve treatment success with IVF.

Couples who fall into the category of unexplained infertility also are good candidates for IVF. These couples have had testing where a problem with fertility can be found but still are having difficulty becoming pregnant through natural means, fertility medications, or IUI.

IVF may also be used in cases where women use an egg or embryo donor, use a traditional surrogate or gestational carrier, or after multiple failed fertility treatments.

IVF Success Rates

Since IVF has many steps and takes several weeks to complete, the decision shouldn’t be one that is taken lightly. It sometimes works on the first try, but many people need more than 1 round of IVF to get pregnant. If you have fertility problems IVF is a good option to increase your chances of getting pregnant, just know that there is no guarantee. Your chances for IVF success will depend on a variety of factors, like your age, cause of infertility, whether or not donor eggs are being used, and previous treatment outcomes. According to the 2017 statistics collected by the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), for women younger than 35, the percentage of live births per IVF cycle was about 54.7%. This success rate decreases with age, with a 12% rate of success for women age 41 to 42. 


If you choose NCCRM for IVF Cary, you will be given a totally customized plan of care, because we know that every fertility journey is unique. We’re experts in IVF, Tubal Ligation Reversal, Male Infertility, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Gestational Surrogacy, Family Balancing, and more. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about IVF Cary!

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