Pacific Fertility Center

In Vitro Fertilization

Facing fertility issues when you want to begin your family can be incredibly difficult.

At ​Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles, we provide in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help patients achieve their dreams of parenthood.

So why should you consider IVF?

IVF Places Life-Changing Benefits within Reach

Overcome Fertility Issues

Our team in Los Angeles, CA, can use IVF to overcome a range of fertility issues, including male factor infertility and ovulation disorders. We serve patients throughout Glendale and the San Fernando Valley.

Decide when to Build Your Family

IVF can allow you to become pregnant on your terms, whether this means using eggs frozen at a younger age, donor sperm, donor eggs, or another method.

Choose the Best Embryos

During the IVF process, our doctors can use preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to assess the health of the embryos and select the healthiest to transfer.

Speak with a Professional 

We are happy to sit down with you and discuss your options for starting a family. Schedule a consultation with us at: 

(310) 209-7700

How effective is IVF?

Advancements in IVF Technology Have Made the Procedure Highly Successful

When do we recommend IVF?

Identifying the Issues You Face Can Determine Whether IVF Is Right for You

At Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles, we perform a range of fertility tests prior to recommending in vitro fertilization. In general, our doctors do not recommend IVF as the first treatment unless your fallopian tubes are fully blocked. 

However, IVF can help you overcome both male and female factor infertility. It can also provide solutions for patients who have suffered multiple miscarriages or are concerned about passing on a genetic disorder.

What We Consider Before Recommending IVF Treatment

Age

While IVF treatment will significantly improve your chances of conceiving, it is important to keep in mind that the general success rate declines as we age. 

Same-Sex Couples

IVF is one of several services we provide for LGBT couples who are hoping to build their families. 

Length of Attempt

If you are under 35 years of age, we usually recommend fertility evaluation after six to 12 months of unsuccessful attempts to become pregnant. If you are over 35, we recommend it after four to six months

Other Methods that Have Failed

IVF treatment is usually recommended when other options have proven unsuccessful, such as fertility drugs or artificial insemination. 

Achieve Pregnancy through In Vitro Fertilization

The first successful IVF procedure took place in England in 1978. Since that time, more than five million babies have been born worldwide using IVF. At our offices in Glendale and Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Vicken Sahakian, Dr. Michele Evans, and Dr. Yvonne Yanqing Han, provide In Vitro Fertilization treatments to help patients achieve their dreams of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a child.

The monitoring phase of the IVF cycle takes approximately 8-12 days. When the eggs are mature, the patient will undergo an egg retrieval procedure.

IVF has helped hopeful parents grow their families for more than 40 years

Understanding the IVF Cycle

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Fertility Medications

An IVF cycle begins by having the patient take injectable fertility medications to produce multiple eggs during one cycle. 

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Egg Retrieval 

The egg retrieval takes place in a procedure room that is adjacent to the embryology laboratory. The patient will receive a light anesthetic, and will sleep during the procedure. 

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Fertilization Preparation

Once the eggs are in the laboratory they will be visualized under a microscope, and they will be prepared for fertilization with either fresh or frozen sperm. 

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2-5 Days in Laboratory

The embryos will typically spend 2-5 days in the laboratory before they are ready to be transferred back to the uterus. 

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Embryo Transfer

An embryo transfer procedure is done while the patient is awake, and feels similar to a pap smear. 

What to Expect  after Egg Retrieval 

Pain and Cramping

You can expect some pain and cramping in the days after your egg retrieval procedure. 

Weight Gain

Most patients will notice a slight increase in their weight in the days after egg retrieval. This is usually a result of water retention and ovarian hyperstimulation. However, if you gain more than five pounds, reach out to us immediately. 

Menstrual Cycle

You should start your period about 10 to 12 days after the egg retrieval. 

Further Understanding the Process

An IVF cycle begins by having the patient take injectable fertility medications to produce multiple eggs during one cycle. The microscopic eggs that are produced and matured during the cycle grow inside of fluid collections in the ovaries called follicles. We are able to see the follicles clearly by ultrasound. During stimulation of the ovaries with fertility medications, the patient will undergo frequent ultrasound examinations and or/blood tests to monitor the growing follicles and rising blood estrogen levels. The monitoring phase of the IVF cycle takes approximately 8-12 days. When the eggs are mature, the patient will undergo an egg retrieval procedure.

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Egg Retrieval

The egg retrieval takes place in a procedure room that is adjacent to the embryology laboratory. The patient will receive a light anesthetic, and will sleep during the procedure. The eggs are retrieved by placing a needle through the vaginal wall, and into the ovary. The eggs are suctioned from the growing follicles and collected in test tubes. Next, the test tubes are passed to the waiting embryologist.

Discuss Your Options with a Doctor

On the day of embryo transfer, the embryos will be graded based on their cell growth and development. This grading system, along with the patient’s age, will help the physician and patient to decide on the appropriate number of embryos to transfer.

Fertilization Preparation

Once the eggs are in the laboratory they will be visualized under a microscope, and they will be prepared for fertilization with either fresh or frozen sperm. The eggs and sperm will be placed together in a petri dish and set into an incubator overnight. Sometimes, special fertilization techniques (see section on Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection – ICSI) will be required. The following morning, the embryologist will be able to determine how many embryos have formed.

Preparation and Embryo Grading

The embryos will typically spend 2-5 days in the laboratory before they are ready to be transferred back to the uterus. Some patients will choose to test embryos for genetic or chromosome abnormalities (see sections on Preimplantation Genetic Screening) prior to embryo transfer. On the day of embryo transfer, the embryos will be graded based on their cell growth and development. This grading system, along with the patient’s age, will help the physician and patient to decide on the appropriate number of embryos to transfer.

Embryo Transfer

An embryo transfer procedure is done while the patient is awake, and feels similar to a pap smear. To start, the cervix is visualized and cleaned. Then a very thin catheter (tube) loaded with the embryo(s) is placed gently through the cervix and into the uterine cavity. The embryo(s) are placed near the top of the uterus using ultrasound guidance. Following embryo transfer, the patient is asked to rest for a short period of time before returning home. Approximately ten days after the transfer, a blood pregnancy test (hCG level) is performed to determine if the patient is pregnant.

There are several factors that can improve your IVF experience...

Preparing for IVF Can Minimize Your Stress During Treatment

You can prepare for your treatment by:

  • Asking many questions during your consultation
  • Improving your diet and sleep schedule to optimize your health
  • Discussing the potential decisions you and your partner may need to make, such as what to do with extra embryos
  • Implementing a strong support system 
  • Quitting smoking

During your consultation, your doctor can provide personalized recommendations that can be especially helpful if this is your first treatment cycle.

What are the risks associated with the procedure?

Potential IVF Complications

As with any procedure, there are some risks associated with IVF. Potential risks and complications of IVF treatment may include:

Side Effects of Medications

While taking fertility medications, patients may experience headaches, nausea, hot flashes, and mood swings. However, these side effects are usually temporary.

Egg Retrieval Risks 

Patients can suffer from bleeding, infection, or damage to nearby organs during the egg retrieval phase of treatment. We have not had any cases of organ damage at our practice.

An Ectopic Pregnancy

IVF patients are more likely to experience an ectopic pregnancy, in which the fertilized egg attaches and grows outside of the uterus. 

Ovarian Torsion

An increase in hormones due to IVF can lead to ovarian torsion. This condition occurs when an ovary is twisted around the supportive tissues and requires emergency treatment.

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

Also known as OHSS, this condition is caused by fluid accumulating in the abdomen when multiple eggs are produced. In some cases, it can resolve on its own, in other cases, medical intervention is needed.

Minimizing Your Risk Is Our Priority

You can rest assured that your safety is our top priority. Our specialists have decades of experience and have performed thousands of IVF procedures with notably low complication rates. We minimize your risks by performing in-depth examinations to identify the cause of infertility and any conditions that may inhibit successful treatment. Your IVF treatment will be planned to promote the best possible chance for success. 

State-of-the-Art Technology for World-Class Fertility Care

Our practice serving the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, and Los Angeles is equipped with the latest technology. This allows us to provide the most accurate testing and diagnostics. Additionally, we use advanced technology throughout various stages of your fertility treatment for the best possible care. 

Our on-site laboratory also enables us to ensure that only our world-class staff is involved in every aspect of your treatment. As such, we can maintain the highest care standards and best practices.

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IVF Cost Breakdown

Conventional refers to a patient who uses her own eggs to produce embryos and transfers the embryos into her own uterus. Call our office to get the latest fees or contact us.

If you qualify for an Access Plan discount, the discount will apply to this fee and can range from 15 to 50%.

Conventional IVF fees include payment for:

  • Preparation & organization of the treatment
  • All the necessary ultrasound examinations for monitoring
  • Blood Estradiol levels
  • Oocyte harvest or egg retrieval
  • Identification and preparation of eggs
  • Capacitation and preparation of sperm produced by ejaculation
  • Culture and fertilization of embryos
  • Embryo transfer
  • Cryopreservation of excess embryos
  • One year storage of cryopreserved embryos
  • One blood hCG level to check for pregnancy

Exclusions:

To learn more about these financial plans, please contact us for a free consultation.

Although many insurance policies, in California, do not have fertility benefits, some policies include infertility treatment options and may pay for treatments.

Will My Insurance Cover My Evaluation and Treatment?

When you meet with us for your first consultation, we will help you to check your insurance fertility benefits. Some insurances cover a full range of services that are diagnostic and are treatments and some do not. Part of your research should include reviewing your insurance policy to see what it covers. Although many insurance policies, in California, do not have fertility benefits, some policies include infertility treatment options and may pay for treatments.

If you find that your insurance company does not cover the services that you require, we have numerous financial programs that can be of assistance. We excel at making IVF affordable for patients throughout Glendale, Los Angeles, and the San Fernando Valley.

Meet With a Doctor

Dr. Sahakian

Dr. Sahakian

Vicken Sahakian, MD, has performed over 6000 IVF procedures, is responsible for the birth of over 3000 babies, and resides as the Medical Director and sole owner of Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles.

Dr. Evans

Dr. Evans

As a board certified obstetrician, gynecologist, and specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Michele Evans, brings a wealth of experience into the service she provides everyday.

Dr. Han

Dr. Han

With an exceptional career in embryo biotechnology, we are delighted to be joined by Yvonne Yanqing Han, PhD. ELD. TS. LAc., who is also fluent in Mandarin for the convenience of our patients.

Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles

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The team of world-class doctors and nurses at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles have assisted in the conception of more than 5,000 babies. We are proud to be affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • Fertile Action
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (310) 209-7700 today.

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