Fertility Treatments & Services

Our Fertility and Reproductive Health experts offer a comprehensive array of treatments and services, including:

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

A fertility treatment in which a catheter is used to place sperm directly into a woman's uterus to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and subsequently increase the chance of fertilization.

Read more about intrauterine insemination (IUI)

In vitro fertilization (IVF)

One of the most common and effective types of assisted reproductive technology to help women become pregnant; the procedure involves fertilizing an egg outside the body, in a laboratory dish, and then implanting it in a woman's uterus.

Our physicians work with you to individualize the predicted chances of IVF success based on your unique situation.

What is in vitro fertilization (IVF)?


The Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Health In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Lab is focused on new and better ways of helping people become parents. In some cases, when patients struggle to conceive or need to freeze their sperm or eggs for later use, the lab can offer many ways to help patients have a child.

Our services include:

  • The care of gametes (sperm and eggs) once they have been collected.
  • Tools for fertilization (the joining of a sperm and an egg) to increase the chances of success, including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the injection of sperm into single eggs, and more.
  • Genetic testing on embryos to prevent certain genetic conditions.
  • State-of-the-art technologies to help choose the best gametes.
  • Freezing gametes and embryos and storing them in cryogenic tanks for those who need to save them for later use, including cancer, gender-nonconforming and LGBTQ patients.

Ovulation induction

The use of medications to stimulate the follicles in the ovaries, resulting in the release of multiple eggs in one cycle to increase chances of fertilization.

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Outside monitoring services

Stanford Medicine Fertility and Reproductive Health proudly offers monitoring services to patients who are receiving treatment at another fertility center. Our monitoring services include pelvic ultrasounds for follicular monitoring and laboratory testing. A request for monitoring services may be necessary due to a patient’s work location, travel destination, or proximity to our clinic during their treatment.

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Fertility services for men

We provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options through our male reproductive urologist, as well as laboratory services for men including, semen analysis, sperm preparation for intrauterine insemination and full service andrology testing.

Read more about fertility services for men

Fertility preservation for cancer patients

The oocyte cryopreservation program for cancer patients was the first of its kind, and this service has been offered since 1999. We offer the opportunity to freeze oocytes (eggs), embryos, and ovarian tissue. Ovarian tissue freezing is typically done in patients who are having abdominal surgery.

We also offer cryopreservation of sperm for men facing cancer treatment and surgery.

Patients 15-29 years of age who are receiving cancer treatment have fertility preservation options as well. The Stanford Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program provides counseling and assistance with family planning, fertility preservation and sexual health.

We partner with programs such as Sharing Hope and Heartbeat to provide cancer patients help with some of the costs.

If you have a recent cancer diagnosis, we will see you within a few days of your diagnosis.  Please call the program directly at (650) 498-7911 or email to make an appointment

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)

When a parent or parents carry a mutation that puts them at risk for having a child with a hereditary disorder, preimplantation testing of embryos can diagnose an embryo as affected or unaffected and embryos which do not carry the affected gene can be selected for transfer. This process is called PGD. It can significantly reduce the chances of having an affected child. It is typically done on patients who have no difficulty conceiving. Many couples know that they are at risk due to a family member with the disease, but some patients may be silent carriers. Preconception carrier screening can help identify patients and couples at risk for having a baby with a common genetic syndrome.

Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS or CCS)

Preimplantation genetic screening is different from PGD because it is done on patients who do not carry a known disease-causing mutation, but wish to reduce their chances of chromosomal imbalance which could lead to miscarriage or a baby with an extra or missing chromosome, such as Down’s syndrome. As women age, their eggs are at higher risk of carrying a missing or extra chromosome.  Preimplantation genetic screening of embryos can include all 24 chromosomes and is, therefore, sometimes referred to as comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS). PGS can be performed in conjunction with a standard IVF cycle in any couple, but is typically considered in patients where the female partner is over 35 years of age. An additional benefit of PGS is that it improves our ability to choose the healthier embryos in a cohort, achieving a high success rate with a single embryo transfer and reducing the risks of twin pregnancies.

Reproductive surgery

Surgical correction of disorders of the reproductive system which may be causing fertility issues; many abnormalities can be treated with minimally-invasive surgery.

Read more about reproductive surgery

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Laboratory

Our REI lab provides comprehensive services for women and men. It is accredited by the State of California and holds a tissue bank license. Our experienced laboratory staff of California licensed technologists and phlebotomists are all highly specialized in the field of reproductive technology. The laboratory staff interacts with the clinical staff to achieve the very best in patient care.

CAP Accreditation

Endocrine Laboratory

Our endocrine laboratory uses the state-of-the-art AIA 2000 to offer a full panel of reproductive hormone analysis. Test results are usually returned the same day, when samples are received by 10 AM.

Andrology Laboratory

Our andrology laboratory uses a CASA system (Computer Assisted Semen Analyzer), CEROS Sperm Analyzer, for semen analysis and sperm washes. A strict Kruger morphology may also be requested by your physician. Sperm cryopreservation is offered, but long-term storage arrangements must be made with a cryobank.

Genetic counseling

We provide genetic counseling for couples seeking additional information about preconception and preimplantation genetic testing options. Our genetic counselor helps patients understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial impact of genetic disease; and interprets family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurring or recurring—the goal being to promote informed choices. Learn more about reasons to meet with a fertility genetic counselor.

Third party reproduction (IVF)

Third Party Reproduction involves the use of another person either known or anonymous to assist a person or couple in achieving pregnancy.

Stanford Medicine Fertility and Reproductive Health is one of the largest programs in the Bay Area. We offer egg donation and In Vitro fertilization (IVF) with a gestational carrier as ways to achieve pregnancy. Our team of experts will work with donor agencies to help you identify the anonymous donor who will best suit your needs and/or with a donor who is known to you prior to starting your treatment (e.g. sister, cousin or friend). The same is true of our Gestational Carrier program.

LGBT care

There are many options available for family building in the LGBT community.  Among our treatments, we provide:

  • IUI with donor sperm for lesbian couples
  • Gestational surrogacy with donor egg for single men/gay couples
  • Reciprocal IVF for lesbian couples
  • Egg (Oocyte) cryopreservation for transmen

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