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Evaluating a Program

We know that there are many choices when it comes to choosing an Assisted Reproductive Technology (IVF) Program.  Before considering a practice to help you conceive, there are several factors you should research.  Most patients do not understand that the ART Lab plays an integral role in what will ultimately affect your chances of conceiving.

Important questions to ask when you evaluate an Assisted Reproductive Technology Program:

  1. What is the live birth pregnancy rate for patients your age?

    Ask how many embryos are being transferred to a patient your age. Some clinics may appear to have higher live pregnancy rates simply because they are transferring an inordinately high number of embryos. While this will produce a higher up front pregnancy rate, it subjects the patient to a high incidence of triplets and higher order multiples. The majority of patients less than 35 years of age should have no more than two or three day 3 embryos, or one or two day 5 embryos transferred at any one time. With older patients we know that implantation rates do go down and it may be appropriate to transfer more embryos.

  2. Ask about the program’s success with cryopreservation.

    Ask what the pregnancy rate and live birth rate is for patients your age. Again, ask how many embryos are being transferred to accomplish this pregnancy rate. There are many programs that have had little, if any, success with cryopreservation. This greatly reduces a couple’s chance of obtaining a pregnancy. A good cryopreservation program is probably the single most important discriminating factor among IVF programs, as this is a reflection of the quality of the laboratory.

  3. If your infertility is due to a significant male factor, ask what the clinic’s experience has been with ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) in vitro fertilization?

    Clearly this is the technique of choice for moderate to severe male factor infertility. Do not simply ask the infertility pregnancy rate, but ask how many babies have actually been born and how many couples have actually gone through the procedure.

  4. Does the program report pregnancy data to the official CDC website?

    We encourage you to look at the most recent success statistics for yourself.  These can be found on the CDC website

  5. Ask for the cost for the procedure recommended for you.

    Find out the total cost including medications as if insurance covered absolutely nothing. The average cost for in vitro fertilization nationwide is around $9,000 to $15,000. GIFT and ZIFT tend to run about $1,000 to $1,500 more. Cost will obviously be higher in certain parts of the country. Get representative quotes from several different programs in your region.

Care, Cost, Convenience

Infertility is a 7 day a week process. The Downtown Jacksonville center is open 7 days a week. Jacksonville and Daytona office hours are 7am – 4pm.

Jacksonville Downtown »
836 Prudential Dr, Ste 902
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Jacksonville South »
14540 Old St. Augustine Rd, Ste 2503
Jacksonville, FL 32258

Jacksonville Beach »
1577 Roberts Dr, Ste 220
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250


Halifax Medical Center
415 N Clyde Morris Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114


Tallahassee Memorial Hospital »
1401 Centerville Road, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Tallahassee, FL »
2623 Centennial Blvd., Suite 101
Tallahassee, FL 32308


Valdosta, GA »
220 Northside Drive
Valdosta, GA 31602

Thomasville, GA »
918 South Broad Street
Thomasville, GA

Brunswick, GA »
3025 Shrine Road, Suite 190
Brunswick, GA 31520

Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine proudly serving patients in North Florida and South Georgia including Savannah, Columbus, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Orange Park, St. Marys, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Palatka, Lake City, Tallahassee, Daytona, Ponte Vedra, Gainesville, Orlando, Melbourne, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna, Port Orange, Brunswick, St. Simons Island, Thomasville, Tifton, Albany, Brunswick, Valdosta

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