The criteria that determines preliminary eligibility is as such: the female partner must be under age 38 at the time of the egg retrieval(s), the female can not have had a previously unsuccessful in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, the female Body Mass Index (BMI) must be under 30, and her Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) test under 10.
If you meet these criteria, you are eligible to enter the program and begin the prescreening process. There are a number of criteria that might cause a couple to be ineligible for the program. The criteria for the female are:
- Acceptable uterine function (e.g. no fibroids, polyps, or other abnormalities) as defined by a sonohysterogram.
- Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) blood test with a result of less than 10. This test is predictive of the female's ability to produce eggs.
- An acceptable Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (CCCT). This series of two blood tests measures the female's response to infertility medications and can predict whether successful treatment is possible.
- A negative screening for HIV (AIDS) and Hepatitis.The criteria for the male are:
- Acceptable semen analysis (count) and morphology (study of sperm shape, size, etc.) The morphology must be normal and the count must be greater than 10,000,000.
- An acceptable Immunobead Test (showing no existing antibodies).
- A negative screening for HIV (AIDS) and Hepatitis.
NOTE: If the male does not meet the semen analysis, morphology, and IBT requirements, the couple can continue in the program, but will be required to use Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). With ICSI, sperm are directly injected into the egg(s).