USC Fertility

Candidates for IVF

Find out what types of patients make good candidates for IVF

For 1 in 8 U.S. couples, infertility will throw a wrench into their pregnancy and parenthood plans. At USC Fertility, our Los Angeles fertility doctors have the advanced training to diagnose and treat the varying causes of infertility. After a complete evaluation, your physician can make infertility treatment recommendations, including explaining the types of patients who make the best candidates for IVF.

How to begin the infertility treatment process

To determine the best course of action, you and your partner will undergo a thorough fertility assessment. This testing will include a medical history, bloodwork, a physical exam and semen analysis. The results will allow your physician to zero in on the potential roadblocks to conception and develop the ideal infertility treatment plan. Before moving forward, you will meet with your doctor to review the findings in detail.

Understanding the ideal candidates for IVF

Our Los Angeles fertility doctors offer patients advanced and highly effective fertility treatments. Whenever possible, we start the process with fertility medications and procedures like artificial insemination, or intrauterine insemination (IUI). In some cases, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, represents the best option to welcome a baby. Typically, the ideal candidates for IVF include the following groups of patients.

  • Couples who have not achieved pregnancy from other treatments
  • Women over 35 who have tried to conceive for over six months
  • Men with very low sperm counts
  • Women with tubal blockages or missing fallopian tubes
  • Anyone who has previously frozen eggs
  • Patients with fertility issues like endometriosis

Once you and your partner decide to proceed with IVF, this infertility treatment involves multiple steps. First, you will take daily injections to stimulate your ovaries and produce multiple egg follicles. We will monitor your progress at our office with blood tests and sonograms.

When the follicles reach the optimal size, your doctor will perform the egg retrieval during an outpatient procedure. Our skilled embryologists will combine the eggs with your partner’s sperm and monitor the developing embryos. After the embryos have matured, your physician will select one and then perform the embryo transfer with the hopes of achieving a healthy pregnancy.

USC Fertility delivers world-class infertility treatment

If you and your partner have tried to conceive without any luck, the team at USC Fertility has the expertise to evaluate your situation and detect possible hindrances to pregnancy. We will answer your questions, including which patients make good candidates for IVF, and offer the support you need during this challenging time. Contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our Los Angeles fertility doctors.