IVF Overview

Our Charlottesville, VA IVF clinic has three board certified reproductive endocrinologists, infertility specialists on staff. Our IVF program is one of the most successful in Virginia and serves the surrounding areas including Harrisonburg, Staunton, Fishersville, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Waynesboro, Stuarts Draft, Forest, Bedford, Buena Vista, Vinton,

Bridgewater, Arlington, Fairfax, and others. In fact, we attract patients from across the United States.

Dr. Bruce Bateman started one of the earlier IVF programs in the Southeast in Charlottesville in 1986 making IVF available in Charlottesville for over 25 years. All our specialists have extensive experience conducting IVF cycles. Our Virginia IVF clinic is small enough so that our fertility specialist can render individualize, personal care.


Sperm Fertilizing an Egg

In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves fertilization of eggs outside the body in a special environment created in the laboratory. In the 1950s, researchers at the Worcester Foundation in Massachusetts reported the first live births of rabbits that were conceived by IVF procedures. The first human baby conceiving using IVF was delivered in 1978 at Bourne Hall in Cambridge, England. In the almost 30 year history of human IVF treatment, hundreds of thousands of babies have been delivered around the world and IVF procedures have become increasingly safer and more successful.

Steps in the IVF Process

Attempting to establish a pregnancy through IVF treatment involves several steps:

  • Stimulation of the ovary to produce multiple mature eggs or oocytes
  • Retrieval of the oocytes by a surgical procedure
  • Fertilization of the oocytes by a preparation of spermatozoa in a laboratory dish
  • Culture and evaluation of the embryos
  • Transfer of selected embryos into the uterus for implantation

IVF patients must come to our Virginia fertility clinic frequently during the drug stimulation phase of the cycle for monitoring. This monitoring includes estradiol hormone blood level measurements and transvaginal ultrasounds. Our fertility clinic in Charlottesville, VA makes the transit for testing easy especially compared to fertility clinics in the Washington, DC Fairfax areas. These ultrasound and blood tests during IVF allow our doctors to monitor follicle development providing necessary information for medication(s) dosage adjustment. These also help prevent side effects from ovarian stimulation.

Categories of infertility that might be helped by IVF treatment include:

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology makes available of predictor of your chances with IVF. The predictor is based on data collected since 2006 for over 300,000 women. See the IVF success predictor.

We know that you probably have more questions about the process of IVF or about Charlottesville, VA IVF program. Please feel free to contact Bonnie Reilly, RN or Stephanie Barrix, RN, the IVF Nurse Coordinators at 434-654-8875 or e-mail Bonnie at Bonnie.Reilly@rmscva.com or Stephanie at Stephanie.Barrix@rmscva.com.

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