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(IVF) In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization

Many patients throughout the Raleigh area turn to in vitro fertilization to make their dreams of growing their family a reality — and when they need premier doctors capable of handling this procedure with care and experience, they choose our fertility clinic in Raleigh, NC: Atlantic Reproductive Medicine.

What is IVF Treatment & How Does IVF Work?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the main fertility treatments we utilize at Atlantic Reproductive Medicine. IVF involves the fertilization of eggs with sperm — the process taking place outside the woman’s body.

The IVF pregnancy process typically goes as follows:

  1. Ovulation Induction – Before IVF can occur, your doctor will prescribe a series of medications designed to help stimulate healthy eggs and, hopefully, make more of them readily available. We want to obtain as many quality eggs as possible at one time.
  2. Egg Retrieval – When the eggs are ready to be retrieved, our medical staff safely removes them, utilizing a local anesthetic and mild sedative. They’re then stored until insemination takes place.
  3. Insemination – Using sperm from your partner or a donor, our embryologist inseminates the eggs and places them in an incubator. In many cases, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is used, which calls for the injection of one individual sperm into each oocyte.
  4. Embryo Transfer –  Five days after fertilization, the blastocysts are placed in the woman’s womb.
Watch this video to learn what you need to do before your Nurse Coordination IVF Appointment:

Are there any IVF side effects?

Most of our patients ask about potential side effects. Fortunately for most, IVF is painless. However, some women report cramps and a general feeling of bloatedness after the IVF procedure.

What are the risks of IVF?

There are some potential risks with IVF, as with most medical procedures. More severe symptoms include:

  • Ten-pound weight gain within three to five days
  • Faintness
  • Severe stomach pains and bloating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Decreased urinary frequency

When is IVF treatment recommended?

IVF treatment is often recommended when patients struggle with:

  • Disorders that affect ovulation
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Problems with sperm quality or quantity
  • Fallopian tube damage or blockages

In vitro fertilization can also be used to preserve your fertility. If you will be undergoing cancer therapy, are concerned about genetic diseases, or are seeking more control over your family planning options, IVF provides those opportunities.

How much does IVF cost?

IVF costs depend on treatment, patient characteristics, and insurance coverage. Finance options are available.

IVF Success Rates

The success rate of IVF depends on a variety of factors which include:

  • Cause of infertility
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Maternal age
  • Reproductive history

IVF success rates: SART Calculator

Contact Atlantic Reproductive Medicine today for a consultation with our fertility doctors and to discuss IVF success factors. We’re an experienced provider of IVF infertility treatment to patients in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and beyond.

Basic Fertility Treatments

Controlled Ovarian Stimulation

Controlled Ovarian Stimulation

Controlled Ovarian Stimulation, or hyperstimulation, is a mix of medications designed to stimulate follicle development, resulting in greater egg production in women. It’s frequently used as the first step of in vitro fertilization (IVF).


Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, known as ICSI, is an option for couples battling male infertility. Atlantic Reproductive has successfully completed more than 5,000 cases of this procedure over the years.

Ovarian Reserve Testing

Ovarian Reserve Testing

The number of eggs a woman has available is very important when assessing fertility and possible treatments. While there is an average number of eggs, every woman is different.

Advanced Fertility Treatments



The INVOcell, an FDA-approved gas-permeable vaginal culture device, allows women to incubate eggs and sperm themselves. This device decreases the cost of and increases access to fertility treatment.

(IVF) In Vitro Fertilization


One of the main fertility treatments we utilize at Atlantic Reproductive is in vitro fertilization (IVF), which involves fertilizing eggs with sperm outside the woman’s body.



Artificial insemination, also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI), is a technique that involves placing sperm inside the woman’s uterus with a catheter to achieve fertilization. Unlike IVF, artificial insemination does not require collecting eggs from the ovaries or fertilization outside the body.