When our doctors perform the in vitro fertilization process, they extract mature eggs from the female and fertilize the egg with sperm in our embryology lab. After the egg is properly fertilized it is then transferred back into the uterus.
IVF may be a first line treatment for women with tubal disease, those of advanced age, ovarian failure, or unexplained infertility. Women with low ovarian reserve or ovarian failure, can use an egg donor during the IVF process. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is also often used to increase the chances of IVF success.
Minimal Stimulation IVF
In contrast to traditional IVF with the goal of producing 10-20 mature eggs and possibly having embryos available to freeze, Minimal Stimulation IVF can be done at a lower cost, utilizing less medication and monitoring.
In Minimal Stimulation IVF, oral medications like Clomid or Femara are combined with lower doses of the injectable hormones traditionally used in IVF. As a result, less intensive monitoring is required.
Minimal Stimulation IVF also puts the patient at a lower risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, a complication more commonly associated with traditional IVF. Although Minimal Stimulation IVF usually results in a lower cost cycle with less medications and intensive monitoring, it also typically results in fewer available embryos. Most patients who do Minimal Stimulation IVF do not have embryos to freeze and pregnancy rates are typically lower than with traditional IVF. Minimal stimulation can offer a cost- effective option for select couples who want a cycle with less monitoring, lower medication costs and do not want to freeze embryos.
Collect Mature Eggs and Sperm
Under the direction of a specialist
Fertilization of Egg
Leading to the formation of embryos
Transfer of Embryos
Fertilized eggs are transferred back into the uterus for implantation.
IVF Success Rates
Reproductive Care Center (RCC) is committed to accurate and honest portrayal of IVF success rates. We report our data to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Centers for Disease Control. SART oversees data collection under strict guidelines thus ensuring accuracy.
All reputable IVF centers report their IVF success rates to SART. If a center does not report to SART, there is no control over how their data is collected and presented. You may see a non-reporting clinic claiming high IVF success rates on the Internet, which is misleading if the number of patients was small and they were in their twenties. SART membership should be one of your first criteria for selecting an IVF center.
The most recent published SART success rate data (preliminary 2018) can be found here SART website.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
The introduction of ICSI revolutionized the treatment of male infertility allowing men with as few as one sperm to father genetically related children. Prior to ICSI, the only option for patients with moderate to severe male infertility was to use a sperm donor, donor embryos or adoption.
ICSI is conducted in conjunction with an IVF cycle. Once the follicles mature, the eggs are retrieved transvaginally using ultrasound guidance. Once retrieved they are transferred to the embryology laboratory where the eggs are separated from the follicular fluid.
Assisted hatching is a procedure designed to improve embryonic implantation rates. It is performed in conjunction with an in vitro fertilization cycle (IVF) , where an embryo is created as a result of FSH stimulation, egg retrieval, and fertilization.
In an IVF cycle, embryos are cultured until mature and ready for transfer, which is usually from three to six days. As the embryos develop, they pass through several developmental stages including blastocyst formation. (We typically refer to day 5 embryos as blastocysts, however, embryos may form blastocysts before or after 5 days.)
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis – Screening Genetic Diseases
PGD, was made possible by advances in in vitro fertilization (IVF) which revolutionized infertility treatment and opened the door for many new and exciting technologies. These technologies include intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which gave “infertile males” new hope for creating genetically related children.