Frequently Asked Questions about infertility treatment and IVF

Research shows that 10-15 percent of couples have infertility problems. Infertility can be due to a disorder in females, males, or both.

Causes of female infertility:

  • Ovulation disorders are the most common causes of infertility. (40% of infertility in women is caused by ovulation disorders.)
  • Uterine issues
  • Fallopian tube damage or blockage

Learn more about Female Infertility: What are the causes of Female Infertility?

Causes of male infertility:

  • Sperm disorders such as low sperm count, poor sperm mobility, or sperm immaturity.
  • Genital tract abnormalities
  • Impotence or premature ejaculation

Learn more about the causes of infertility: Causes of Infertility

In general, in case a couple fails to become pregnant within 12 months of trying to conceive, we should refer to a doctor to determine the reasons for infertility. The doctor will perform a physical and laboratory tests to determine the reason your attempts to pregnancy were unsuccessful and propose the most suitable treatment method for you.

Keep in mind that a particular treatment is not known as the best way to treat infertility.

The best method for each couple will be chosen based on the condition and different factors that are considered to choose the most suitable fertility treatment methods.

  1. Iran’s rich background and experiences in infertility treatment: Along with the knowledge of the world, Iran has made great progress in the field of infertility treatment, and today it is one of the most successful countries in the world in using the IVF method.
  2. The high quality of infertility treatment services in Iran: Infertility treatment centers in Iran always use advanced equipment and innovations in the infertility treatment process.
  3. Taking advantage of the best doctors and infertility treatment specialists: Iranian doctors learn the latest medical methods based on international standards and use them in the treatment process.
  4. The similar success rate to the best centers in the world: The success rate of infertility treatment methods in reputable Iranian clinics is impressive, stable, and comparable to the best centers in the world.
  5. Affordable cost of treatment along with high quality: medical and treatment costs in Iran are lower compared to many European, American, and even Indian countries, while the quality of services provided in Iran is in competition with the best centers in the world.

With the significant advances in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility in recent decades, about 65% of couples suffering from infertility problems have been able to have a baby through therapies.

Several factors affect the success rate of infertility treatment such as; the IVF treatment methods and woman’s age.

Woman’s age has many impacts on her ability to have childbearing, especially if her age lower than the 30s. Chance of fertility is 40% for a healthy woman in her 20s or early 30s, but this chance is reduced at age 40s to 10% or less.

 The couple’s lifestyle has a significant effect on the success of fertility treatment methods, for example, couples who stopped smoking at least 3 months prior to treatment have a higher success rate while couples who smoked had to try twice as hard for success at fertility.

The IVF process is as follows:

  • Ovulation induction: Initially, the doctor will prescribe medicine to control the level of hormones in the body of the female to make sure that the released eggs are suitable for fertility.
  • Egg retrieval: After the induction ovulation and development of suitable oocytes for fertility, the eggs should be retrieved for in vitro fertilization. Egg retrieval or egg ‘pick up’ is a hospital day procedure where the eggs are collected from your ovaries. An anesthetist will get you ready for a general anesthetic then the mature eggs retrieved and are placed in a culture medium.
  • Sperm Preparation: After sperm collection,  the sperm are separated from the semen sample and washed in a specific manner. The sperms are tested to evaluate the sperm motility and shape in selecting the quality sperms. Selected sperms are transferred to the culture medium for fertilization.
  • Fertilization: After receiving the male sperm, the most active sperms will be identified and transferred to an incubator for fertilization where the mature eggs have been kept.  In IVF, high-motility sperms move to the eggs and fertilize them. Once this occurs, the fertilized eggs are considered embryos.
  • Embryo transfer: An embryo transfer is the last part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Around 2 or 3 days before the embryo transfer, the doctor will choose the best eggs to transfer to the uterus. Embryos are loaded in a soft catheter and are placed in the uterine cavity through the cervix.

Learn more about IVF and its process: IVF in Iran

The IVF treatment method will take 20-25 days.  After the first visit to the doctor and initial examinations, a prescription of medicine for ovary simulation will be issued which,depending on your condition, will have to be taken for 15-20 days. While on medicine, the female who is being treated must visit the doctor several times for inspection of ovulation status and to control the time of egg release. Fetus formation will take place in a lab and the healthiest fetus will be chosen for transfer to the fetus, this will require 2-5 days.

Dependent on couple’s conditions, the IVF Costs in Iran (including all surgical and diagnostic procedures, test and treatments) normally ranges between 2500$ To 3500$ per cycle. The IVF Costs in Iran is more affordable than in other countries. learn more about IVF treatment cost in Iran: IVF cost in Iran

This is a common question  about IVF treatment that reproductive healthcare professionals are asked frequently. However, the answer is not so simple. There are a number of steps to the IVF process.

The IVF method involves no pain at all. The prescribed medicine in this method is injected. Egg revival is done after local or complete anesthesia and the patient will not feel pain. The transfer of the fetus into the mother’s uterus is a 2 to the 5-minute procedure which no needs anesthesia.

  • poor ovarian  function
  • The number and quality of eggs  reduction due to the old age of the mother
  • Lack of embryo  implantation in the uterus (it can be caused by  uterus disorder  or embryos problems)
  • Not growing the embryos due to their genetic and chromosomal problems
  • Presence of uterine disorders and disorders of the mother’s immune system
  • Improper lifestyle
  • Embryo transfer in inappropriate medical centers, and by a non-specialist

Donated eggs are used to help couples who are unable to conceive due to poor egg quality or menopause.

IVF with donor eggs is a legal and well-known method of infertility treatment in Iran, which can be used by foreign couples as well as Iranian couples.

In Iran’s best infertility treatment centers, egg donation is done with high quality and accuracy. So egg donors are selected among young women who have high egg quality to increase the probability of success of the treatment.

In the infertility treatment centers of Iran, in addition to the quality of the donated egg, it is important to match the appearance of the egg donor and the egg recipient. Therefore, in the selection of the donor, it is tried to have the most compatibility with the couple’s characteristics.

Considering that the success rate of treatment with fresh eggs is higher than the frozen eggs. It is possible to use fresh eggs in infertility treatment centers in Iran. Therefore, there is a high chance of successful treatment with donated eggs in Iran.

ICSI is most often used with couples who are dealing with male infertility factors. For men who have low sperm count, sperm with low mobility, and the abnormal sperm shape, the sperm may not be collected through normal ejaculation. The sperm obtained from the testis is only appropriate for ICSI procedures when testicular sperm is not able to penetrate an egg by itself. In the ICSI process, a tiny needle, called a micropipette, is used to inject a single sperm into the center of the egg. It is important to remember that whilst ICSI is a technique used in the laboratory to help fertilization occur, it does not guarantee it.  But, using this method of infertility treatment helps to increase the chance of a woman getting pregnant.

Learn more Male factor infertility: Male factor infertility

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that includes placing the washed sperm into the woman’s uterus to expedite pregnancy conception. The purpose of IUI is to increase the sperm numbers that reach the egg eventually boosts the chances of fertilization.

This method can be used to increase the chance of fertility.

Also, based on the infertile couple’s condition and the age of women, this method may be used in 3 or 4 treatment cycles to increase fertility chances.

Learn more about IUI treatment: IUI in Iran

The IUI treatment method requires about 15 to 20 days. After the first visit to the doctor and doing the initial examinations, the induction ovulation drugs will be prescribed for 15-20 days.  The female undergoing treatment must visit the doctor for a few times to check the ovulation status and control the time of egg release. The sperm will undergo a special “washing procedure” and the mature oocyte will be combined to it, and then transferred to the female’s uterus.

The cost of infertility treatment in Iran is much more inexpensive than comparable countries. The price of IUI treatment in Iran, depending on the condition of the couple will range from 500 to 600 USD.

Iran, with over 40 years of background in infertility treatment and research, and over 80 clinics in this field, has always had excellent success in the south West of Asia. Therefore, couples from around the World choose Iran as their destination for infertility treatment.

Additionally, the travel and treatment costs in Iran have a much lower price and you will receive the treatment at an affordable price.

Natural attractions, tourist attractions, religious sites, and Iranian hospitality will make your stay in Iran, and your treatment process much more enjoyable.

Learn more about the best Iranian fertility clinic: Best IVF centers in Iran

From the initial examinations, both the male and female need to be examined and deliberations should not be focused on of the two, thus the need for attendance of both parties. Therefore; both couples should be present during the assessment and visits. Each couple may present information and views that the other does not provide or remember. Moreover, the presence of both couples in each session of visit gives them the possibility of a better understanding of the information, options, and recommendations offered by the doctor in order to receive the answers to each of their questions directly and discuss them.

Chromosomally, the egg has only an X chromosome, while the sperm can contain either an X or a Y chromosome. If an egg combines with a sperm containing an X chromosome, a female embryo is formed, and if an egg combines with a sperm containing a Y chromosome, a male embryo is formed.

To determine the sex of the embryos, IVF and PGD should be used before the pregnancy. In this method, at first, the embryos are formed in the laboratory by the IVF method.  Three days after the formation of embryos, the expert doctor uses a laser cut in the embryo’s membrane to separate one of the 6 to 8 cells of the embryo without damaging the other cells and examines and determines the gender of the embryo.

Finally, the embryo with the selected gender is transferred to the mother’s uterus to continue growing.

The accuracy of this method in determining the sex of the embryo is about 99%.

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  1. Armita
    Armita says:


    My husband and I are interested in surrogacy in Iran. I have suffered from recurrent miscarriages (7 times, last time with donor egg) and now we have decided to look into surrogacy. I would like to know what are the requirements for us to be eligible in Iran. You have mentioned that we need to be a legal couple. Does this mean that a marriage certificate from where we live is fine?
    I am both Iranian and Canadian and my husband is Norwegian. Can we do surrogacy in Iran?

    Whose name will be on the birth certificate and hospital record as mother?

    Thank you,

    • Hayat
      Hayat says:

      Yes, Surrogacy is legal in Iran for couples. For Surrogacy in Iran, you should be a legal couple that it means a marriage certificate from where we live is needed.
      For more information about fertility treatment services and surrogacy, you can connect us through WhatsApp.

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