IVF – In Vitro Fertilization

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In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is widely accepted as the most advanced and effective treatment for infertility available today. IVF offers hope and possibilities for individuals and couples who would otherwise be unable to have children.

IVF involves stimulating the woman’s ovaries with fertility medications to produce many eggs (oocytes) that mature and ripen, at which point they are retrieved while she is under anesthesia, and subsequently fertilized with sperm in the laboratory setting. The resulting embryos are closely monitored by our highly trained embryology team for a period spanning from three to five days. Depending on the individualized case at hand, one or more embryos are transferred into her uterus in an effort to achieve implantation and hence establish a pregnancy. Determining the optimal number of embryos to transfer is a multifaceted decision, stemming from input from both your physician and embryologist. The pregnancy rates for IVF far exceed those of any other form of fertility treatment. During IVF, it is often necessary to perform intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to maximize chances for fertilization. ICSI involves the injection of a single sperm into the egg cytoplasm.

The decision to proceed with in vitro fertilization can be one of the most important and difficult decisions you will make. The amount of information and details involved in an IVF cycle can seem overwhelming, and many questions can arise throughout the process. We develop an individualized plan to maximize your chances of pregnancy — and are there every step of the journey to provide educational tools, emotional support and state-of-the-art care.

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