News Release

April 27, 2005

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

New Program Designed to Help Couples Achieve Success with IVF, Reduce Anxiety About Cost

FARMINGTON, CONN. – A new program to help couples improve their chances of success with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and at the same time, reduce some of the financial pressures associated with this treatment is now being offered at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at the University of Connecticut Health Center. The program is also available to patients in the Center’s Hamden office.

“Our goal is to help couples become parents. For patients whose treatment includes IVF, success often comes after one more than one attempt,” said John Nulsen, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist and medical director of the Center. “Couples who have the ability to undergo multiple IVF cycles may increase their chance of success over time.”

However, multiple cycles can be cost prohibitive for couples who do not have insurance coverage for IVF.

Through the IVF Financial Share Program, eligible patients pay a fixed, discounted fee for a total of six cycles. This includes three “fresh” cycles where women produce eggs that are fertilized and implanted back in the uterus and three “frozen” cycles using the couples’ stored embryos.

If treatment leads to the birth of a baby, the full fee is retained. If treatment is unsuccessful after six cycles, 70-percent of the fee is refunded to the couple.

“If the treatment is not successful, we want to give couples resources to pursue other options such as adoption,” Dr. Nulsen added.

To qualify, couples must be self-pay patients who are considered medically appropriate candidates for IVF. Women using their own eggs must complete the “fresh” cycles before their 38th birthday.

The cost varies depending on the woman’s age and the treatment type. Complete costs and other variables can be discussed with financial counselors at the Center. For more information, call 860-679-4580 or visit

The IVF Financial Share Program is being offered through a partnership with In Vitro Sciences, part of a leading women’s health care company.

The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services offers many advanced techniques to help patients achieve successful pregnancies. UConn was one of the first IVF centers in Connecticut and is currently the largest such center in the state. The Center opened a satellite office in Hamden at 2080 Whitney Avenue for the convenience of patients in Southern Connecticut.

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