FAQs on the in-vitro fertilization (IVF)

What is an in-vitro fertilization (IVF)?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) means fertilization outside of the body. The female partner receives external hormones, so that more follicles form in the ovaries. The egg cells grow within these follicles. Eventually, they are removed from the follicles and united with the partner’s sperm cells under laboratory conditions. Therefore, the fertilization occurs outside of the organism. After the embryos have developed to a multicellular stage, they are implanted (maximum 2 to 3 embryos) into the uterus where they continue to develop.

Do we have to be married in order to start a treatment?

The couple has to be married / civil partners or living in cohabitation. In some cases and for some treatments you need to bring a notary deed.

Married couples / civil partners require a notary deed for:

  • Insemination or IVF with donor sperm

Couples in a partnership require a notary deed for: 

  • Insemination or IVF
  • Insemination or IVF with donor sperm

How long does a fertility treatment last?

An IVF cycle lasts 6-8 weeks in general. The treatment includes the following steps:

  • preparation phase (first consultation, pre-cycle)
  • stimulation phase (approx. 12-14 days with 2-4 ultrasound appointments)
  • ovum pick-up
  • embryo transfer

After that follows the waiting time (2 weeks) for the pregnancy test (blood test). If the test is positive and you are pregnant we will conduct 2 follow-up ultrasound appointments. Finally we will release you into prenatal care with your gynaecologist.

Is there any financial support for the in-vitro fertilization?

The fund subsidizes 70% of the costs for IVF treatment for a maximum of 4 attempts if all requirements are met. The remaining deductible of 30% for treatment and medication costs has to be covered by the couple. The amount of the deductible is dependent on the age of the patients as well as the kind of chosen treatment. Should you not fulfill all the requirements you will automatically become a private patient. Package prices for treatments and special methods can be requested via mail or telephone at our office team!

Do you offer psychotherapeutic care for patients?

We have the compiled the list of offers and hope that these are an additional support during your time at the Kinderwunschzentrum. These offers are free of charge. They are special offers of the Kinderwunschzentrum – receiving no support by the IVF fund – and can so be used by private patients too. They encompass:

The relaxation groups: see below for full information

The consultation: onetime consultation, in the private office of Eveline Paula Leitl, MSc

The crisis intervention: 1 per failed attempt, regardless of the treatment conducted. The offer is valid within one month of knowledge of the negative result. In crisis cases Mrs Leitl will try to arrange an appointment in her private office within 48 hours. Whether you wish to come alone or as a couple remains your decision.

The relaxation group

Time: every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month on work days at 7pm (punctually).
Registration is not necessary.

Place: gym of the physiotherapy institute at the Goldenes Kreuz (Souterrain: left at the concierge and through the radiology department, down one flight of stairs). Please do not enter the gym with street shoes!

To make sure the meeting will actually take place, please call the following number on the same day: +43 – 1 – 370 58 36. In case of cancellation the voicemail will let you know immediately after the greeting.

Is there a higher risk for malformation?

According to research every child has a risk of 3-4% for congenital malformation. For children born after IVF treatment the risk is raised by a factor of 1,3 to approximately 4-5%. However, couples who achieve spontaneous pregnancy after a long time trying to conceive also have a risk of 4-5% that the child will suffer from malformations. Children born after IVF/ICSI treatment have a higher risk of premature birth so that several malformations such as heart defects (septal defect) can be traced back to the preterm delivery. The higher malformation rate after IVF/ICSI can mostly be traced to the reduced fertility of the couple and not to the techniques of the in-vitro-fertilization (position paper of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology).

The conduction of diagnostic tests such as a chorionic biopsy with chromosomal testing in the 3rd month of pregnancy or an amniotic fluid puncture in the 5th pregnancy month should be considered.

My partner and/or I suffer from an infectious disease. Is a treatment still possible?

In particular, an infection with hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV puts into question the ability to have a child without endangering one’s partner or the child. The approach adopted differs depending upon the partner infected and the chronic form of the disease:

Infection of the male partner: The seminal fluid must be specially prepared. This is to ensure that the virus will not be transmitted to the egg cell or the mother. There are possibilities to check whether the seminal fluid is free from viruses after the preparation.

Infection of the female partner: If the woman is infected, medical therapy prior to, and during, pregnancy, immunization of the child, and a caesarean section birth will be employed to prevent infection of the child.

While these methods have led to much progress in this area, it must be said that a residual risk remains. There is no 100% certainty that the infection will not be transmitted to the partner or child.

If I already have medical findings for HIV, HCV, HBV and syphilis, can I bring those for starting the treatment?

Only medical findings which were conducted in the laboratory which has a written consent with our institute (Laboratory Endler) can be accepted. This is due to the law and cannot be accepted otherwise.