What to expect
First, you will need to schedule a new patient phone consult. At that time, your physician will outline a treatment plan. If you are planning to undergo an IVF cycle, ideally we would like you to make one trip to Utah prior to your IVF cycle. During that visit, you will meet your IVF coordinator who will order your medications and review the calendar of the IVF plan. A hydrosonogram will also be performed by a physician if it has not been done in the last year. It is also recommended to provide a back-up sperm sample and meet with our financial advisor during this visit if this has not occurred prior. If you are unable to make a trip to Utah prior to your IVF cycle, your IVF coordinator will help you to make arrangements to have your pre-IVF cycle testing done locally. In addition, you will have a phone consultation with your IVF coordinator to review your IVF calendar.
Your IVF medications will be mail ordered by a specialty pharmacy and sent to your home. When you start your IVF medication, you will initially have 1 ultrasound and 1 blood draw locally. After this, you will arrive in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Most likely you will need to stay in Utah approximately 8-10 days to complete your IVF cycle.
After your embryo transfer, you can travel to your home. It is fine to travel on the day of your embryo transfer. We will give you lab slips so that you can get your pregnancy blood test at a local laboratory. The blood pregnancy tests are typically done 8 and 10 days after your embryo transfer. We are wishing you success with your journey to have a baby!
If you are an out-of-town patient planning on undergoing an ovum donor cycle:
After your new patient consultation (either via phone or in person), we will provide you with a list of potential ovum donors. You can review your possibilities and choose an ovum donor that best suits you. Anne-Marie Martin is our ovum donor coordinator and can assist you immensely with this process.
After picking an ovum donor, we will then coordinate your donor’s and your cycle. While most couples arrive in Utah Valley 1-2 days prior to projected day of egg retrieval in order to assure that they will be able to provide the clinic with a fresh sperm sample, it is acceptable to use frozen sperm that has been previously provided and/or shipped to UFC.
The embryo transfer will occur 3-5 days after the ovum donor’s egg retrieval. It is fine to travel home on the day of your embryo transfer. Your blood tests to determine if you are pregnant typically are done 8 and 10 days after the embryo transfer.
If you are an out-of-town patient planning on undergoing a gestational carrier cycle:
Utah Valley and its surrounding areas provide a “family friendly” environment. We can refer you to a list of gestational carrier agencies and available gestational carriers. Because of Utah’s lower cost of living, often, gestational carrier compensation is lower than rates quoted in metropolitan areas.
If you are undergoing a fertility cycle consisting of IVF with a gestational carrier, we will coordinate both your cycle and your gestational carrier’s cycle. Ideally, we would like you to make one trip to Utah Valley prior to your IVF cycle. During that visit, you will meet your IVF coordinator who will order your medications and review the calendar of the IVF plan. It is also recommended to provide a back-up sperm sample and meet with our financial advisor if this has not occurred prior. If you are unable to make a trip to Utah Valley prior to your IVF cycle, your IVF coordinator will help guide you to make arrangements for the above to be done at a local office and you will have a phone consult with your IVF coordinator to review your IVF calendar.
If you are an out of town patient planning on undergoing an ovum donor/gestational carrier cycle:
Many out of town patients who are planning to have a child via an ovum donor and gestational carrier choose UFC because of its exceptional personalized care and also because of the availability of and affordable compensation of both ovum donors and gestational carriers.
After your new patient consultation (which can occur via phone or in person), we will synchronize and coordinate your ovum donor’s cycle and your gestational carriers cycle. You can either provide a fresh sperm sample on the day of the egg retrieval, or you can ship a cryopreserved sperm sample to our office, which we will inseminate your ovum donor’s eggs with.
Out-of-town Liaison Contact Information
For those of you who will be traveling from out of state or out of town two and a half to three hours from your home, we aim to help make your arrangements as easy as possible. Our Liaison Diane will be happy to send you information on local hotels that offer UFC patients discounted rates. When you are here for your treatment, we will have a goodie bag for you as well as information and brochures for local area attractions, shopping, dining etc.
Phone: (801) 492-9200