In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
While "in vitro fertilization" literally refers to the fertilization of an oocyte (egg) with sperm outside of the body, the phrase is now used to refer to the entire process by which a woman becomes pregnant using assisted reproductive technology (ART), including ovarian stimulation, oocyte retrieval, in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer and embryo/oocyte cryopreservation.
Cornell's Center for Reproductive Medicine's staff is comprised of preeminent medical, nursing and scientific experts in in vitro fertilization. Since 1988, more than 19,000 children have been born as a result of IVF cycles at CRM, and many of our patients have cycled elsewhere unsuccessfully before becoming parents because of treatment at our Center. Our IVF success rates attest to CRM's excellence in assisted reproductive technology.
Throughout her cycle, an IVF patient is supported by her physician, IVF nurse and patient coordinator, as well as the Center's psychological services. IVF orientation classes, including question-and-answer sessions, are held four days per week at CRM's Manhattan office and by appointment at other CRM locations.