WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU CHOOSE RECIPROCAL IVF?

STEP 1

Complete demographic information and Collect Medical Records

Both partners involved in Reciprocal IVF will need to complete questionnaires regarding their demographic information and health histories. Both partners also need to collect and provide copies of all their prior medical records, including their most recent Pap smears and physical examinations etc.

STEP 2

Speak with the doctor and third-party reproduction coordinator at NHFC

To initiate the process, the couple must first speak with a physician at NHFC, and then schedule another consultation with IVF Third Party Coordinator to discuss the further details.

STEP 3

Complete tests on prerequisites

1. Cost of screening test

2. Psychosocial counseling for the couple (required for straight and same-sex couples participating in tissue donation of any kind)

3. Consultation and other services provided by NHFC.

STEP 4

Acquire donor sperm

The couple must contact a sperm bank to acquire donor sperm if they have not already done so. we can provide a list of sperm banks approved by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

STEP 5

Payment

Payment is due in full prior to the start of the treatment cycle, and can be made by cash, check, credit card, or a medical loan.

STEP 3

Complete tests on prerequisites

1. Cost of screening test

2. Psychosocial counseling for the couple (required for straight and same-sex couples participating in tissue donation of any kind)

3. Consultation and other services provided by NHFC.

STEP 6

Transport donor sperm to NHFC

A Donor Acquisition Form must be submitted to inform NHFC laboratory personnel what donor sperm is arriving and which patient it belongs to. The sperm bank will deliver the donor sperm to NHFC. If the sperm bank is local, the patient can deliver the donor sperm, but delivery must be prearranged with our embryology laboratory staff.

STEP 7

Start treatment cycle

To start the process, couples must inform the Third Party Reproduction Team or Nurse on day 1 of menstrual bleeding. The egg retrieval and embryo transfer will occur approximately 6 to 9 weeks later.

STEP 8

Blood pregnancy test

Approximately 10 to 14 days after embryo transfer is performed, a blood test is done to check for pregnancy.

STEP 9

Pregnancy ultrasound

If the pregnancy test is positive, further blood tests will be conducted to confirm appropriate rise in the pregnancy hormone. Approximately 3 weeks later, an ultrasound is performed to confirm pregnancy. At this point a Medical Record Release form is signed to forward a copy of the relevant medical records to the OB/GYN of your choice, who will look after you for the remainder of your pregnancy.

STEP 10

Start prenatal care

After the ultrasound confirms a pregnancy, you will be referred back to your OB/GYN for pre-natal care.

Birth of your baby

Please remember to send us a birth announcement to inform us of the outcome of your treatment at NHFC.