In Vitro Fertilization

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IVF


IVF offers the best (and in some cases, the only) chance for many couples to have a baby. It can be used to overcome a wide range of fertility issues in both men and women.

If a woman's fallopian tubes are damaged or a man's sperm quality is poor, IVF (in vitro fertilization) is the most common used form of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). It is also considered in couples with unexplained infertility or who have had more than six unsuccessful IUI cycles. IVF is also ideal for cancer patients who have little time to reserve eggs before radiation and must begin chemotherapy treatments in a timely manner.

During in vitro fertilization, eggs are retrieved and fertilized in our laboratory, with the resulting embryos being placed into the uterus two to five days later. This procedure achieves remarkable pregnancy rates even in women with very damaged fallopian tubes, seemingly sterile husbands, and other unexplained cases of infertility.

The entire procedure takes approximately 21 days. You (ladies) are required to get daily injections to stimulate the ovaries to produce the maximum number of eggs possible in each cycle. A series of scans and blood tests are done to moniter the growth of the eggs. Your eggs are then surgically removed at the appropriate time and placed with the sperm to allow for fertilization. After 2-5 days, we place the embryo (forming fetus) back into your uterus.

About two weeks after the embryo transfer, you'll have a blood test during an appointment. You will have the results that same day. If they are positive, we'll organize an ultrasound for you for about three weeks later. (Congratulations!)