IVF: What are the Difference Between Single Cycle and Multiple Cycle?

Deciding to embark on your journey to start fertility treatments may have been a hard one. You may have a lot of questions now, like will you be pregnant with your first attempt at IVF? Or you want to know how many cycles  it takes to get you pregnant. You may not know what the future holds, but your doctors will guide you every step of the way.

The procedure of getting the woman’s egg is performed 40 hours after an hCG injection is given. The procedure is done under the guidance of an ultrasound machine where the doctor inserts a needle through the woman’s ovary to remove fluid that contains mature egg cells. The procedure takes only about 40 minutes.


At the same time, the man is asked to provide his semen samples. Prior to this, he is asked to not engage in sexual activities for a few days. After separating the semen, the sperm will then be combined with the egg which is the actual process of in vitro fertilization. About a day after the IVF procedure, the doctors can already determine if the egg has been fertilized. If not, the egg will still be observed and incubated for the next couple of days.


Before imagining those picture perfect family photos, know that the chances of a successful IVF will depend on multiple factors including a woman’s age, the cause of infertility and the kind of treatment the doctor will provide. Getting pregnant with IVF is not controllable by any means and may not result in pregnancy.


For women who are not using contraceptives and no fertility issues, they only have a 26% of getting pregnant. Fertility is at its peak when a woman is in her 20s and would gradually decrease as they reach their late 30s. At over 40, a woman only has a 5% chance of getting pregnant. Based on carefully analyzed statistics, using in vitro fertilization greatly boosts a woman’s chances of getting pregnant regardless of their age.


If you have been visiting fertility treatment centers, they would usually tell you the price of IVF and offer you two types of fertility plans: The single cycle plan and the multiple-cycle plan. So what are their differences?

The Single-Cycle Plan

Single-cycle plans differ in requirements. Some have medical restrictions while others don’t. The amount of payment from each facility differs as well. Some plans can even include the cost of the fertility medications. Depending on the facility, they can give discounts on each cycle or on cycle at a time.


In single-cycle plans there is no medical or age restrictions and you can even customize your treatment plan. You can save 10% up to 40% for the entire treatment plan compared to the multiple-cycle plan.

The Multiple-Cycle Plan

If you avail of a multiple-cycle plan, you will be required to meet medical and age qualifications. Availing this plan will also require you to pay multiple cycles upfront. In some cases, a refund is given when the process doesn’t result in a pregnancy. If you chose this plan, you have to pay for the whole cost of the plan even if you don’t get pregnant on the first cycle. You will have to undergo two to three full cycles . The plan usually does not include the cost of the fertility drugs which could amount to an additional $4000 to $6000 fee for each IVF cycle.


Carefully think on which plan you will avail for your procedure. Having an IVF will surely be a difficult challenge but if you pick the right choices, everything will go according to plan. Be sure to set realistic expectations.