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IVF: In Vitro Fertilization

What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

In Vitro Fertilization, commonly referred to as IVF, is a highly effective and safe fertility treatment where a woman's eggs and a man's sperm are fertilized outside of the body in a laboratory dish- the term In Vitro Fertilization literally means "in a dish". After the eggs have been fertilized, they are closely monitored to ensure that they can develop in the most optimal environment possible. After 2-5 days, the embryo is transferred, through a process called embryo transfer, back to a woman’s uterus.

Advanced IVF Treatments:

Often times, other advanced reproductive technologies (ART) are paired with IVF, including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), embryo assisted hatching and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Our board certified fertility specialists will work with you to craft a fertility treatment plan that makes sense for you as you build your family.

  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI):

    ICSI is the process of inserting a single sperm into a single egg to achieve fertilization. Used in conjunction with IVF treatments, ICSI is necessary when there is low quality sperm (low concentration or motility) or if the membranes around the egg are preventing fertilization.

  • Embryo Assisted Hatching:

    When an embryo is placed into a woman's uterus, it must break out of its protective membrane in order to hatch and implant. In some women (especially mature women) the membrane is hardened, which prevents the embryo from hatching and implanting. In this case, a laser or weak acid is used to weaken the shell and enable hatching thereby improving chances of pregnancy.

  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD):

    If your family has a history of genetic diseases, PGD is recommended. During PGD the embryos are tested for the specific genetic disease that runs in your family. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is also used for patients that suffer from recurrent miscarriages or several failed IVF cycles.

Affordable IVF Treatment: At Washington Fertility Center, we believe that it is your right to receive effective and affordable IVF treatment. Our pricing is not only competitive, but there are no surprises – we believe in full transparency so you will have a clear understanding of all of the costs involved in your treatment. Explore our affordable financial options »



Fertility Preservation & IVF:

Following successful In Vitro Fertilization, multiple embryos may become available for future use. This provides couples and individuals with an opportunity to continue to grow their families when the time is right. We encourage patients to consider embryo cryopreservation and other fertility preservation options at their IVF fertility center.

IVF at Washington Fertility Center:

For patients seeking in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Washington Fertility Center is distinguished from the other area fertility clinics through our extraordinary attention to detail. Our unique combination of medical experience, excellent patient care and high success rates make Washington Fertility Center the first choice for patients from all over the world for in vitro fertilization and other fertility center treatments.

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