IVF and Other Fertility Treatment Procedures

The ABCs of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology)

ABCs

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is any kind of help we give a couple in achieving a pregnancy, from simply maximizing a couple's chances of achieving a pregnancy by teaching them to properly time intercourse to using the most sophisticated techniques to help a single sperm fertilize an egg in the laboratory.

Some of the more sophisticated types of infertility treatments can be identified by their acronyms-IVF, eSET, ICSI, FET, PGD.

Currently, our clinically available procedures include:

IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).
This is the cornerstone in the ART repertoire, where the egg and sperm are combined in the laboratory, incubated, and the resulting embryos are transferred into the woman's uterus.

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Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET)
The physicians at Reproductive Partners Medical Group encourage the use of Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) which is often safer than transferring more than one embryo.

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Blastocyst Transfer
On average, close to one-half of 4- to 8-cell embryos at day 2 or 3 are chromosomally abnormal. By culturing these embryos for an additional 2 to 3 days, more chromosomally normal embryos will be selected out naturally and develop to the blastocyst (5-day-old) stage in the laboratory.

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ICSI (IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection).
This is a variation of IVF in which fertilization is achieved by direct injection of a single sperm into the egg. It is utilized when the male partner has a significant sperm problem, or when IVF is planned and there is another significant concern regarding fertilization.

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AH (Assisted Hatching).
This is an additional variation in IVF in which a small hole is made in the shell surrounding the embryo to facilitate implantation.

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PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis).
This technique is also a variation of IVF involving removal of a polar body (genetic material next to the maturing egg), or a cell from the dividing embryo for genetic analysis to avoid the transfer of genetically abnormal embryos or embryos carrying a genetic abnormality linked to the sex of the offspring (generally the male).

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Early Embryo Viability Assessment Test (Eeva).
Eeva is an FDA approved test using time-lapsed video to analyze early embryo development and aid in the selection of the best embryo for transfer, freezing or Preimplantation Genetic Screening or Diagnosis (PGS or PGD).

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Tubal microsurgery including tubal reversal
Many women have had their tubes tied because they did not plan to have children in the future. For some, circumstances can lead them to change their mind. For those women there may be hope that they can achieve a healthy birth through either in vitro fertilization (IVF) or tubal reversal.

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Egg freezing
Egg freezing, with subsequent thawing, fertilization and creation of a successful pregnancy is an advancement that has eluded reproductive endocrinologists for the first three decades of in vitro fertilization. The major stumbling block was ice crystal formation that damaged the frozen egg.

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Intrauterine Insemination-IUI
One of the more popular infertility treatments to increase the numbers of sperm reaching the egg is intrauterine insemination (IUI) with washed sperm.

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Hysterosalpingogram-HSG
A Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-Ray procedure that assesses the size and shape of the uterine cavity and the patency (opening) of the fallopian tubes by injecting non- or low iodine based (radiopaque) dye into the uterine cavity through the vagina and cervix.

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As you can see, many of these procedures are very similar, and some procedures, as defined by certain groups, may overlap. Others may be done in conjunction with IVF.

In order for you to maximize your chance of success using these techniques, it's important that you educate yourself about which procedures might be appropriate for you.

A Complete Range of Clinical Services

Reproductive Partners Medical Group offers evaluation and treatment of all aspects of reproductive care including:

  • Infertility
  • Recurrent miscarriage or early pregnancy loss- Habitual Abortion
  • Ovulation disorders
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Partner and donor insemination- IUI
  • Sperm washing
  • Hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery (pelviscopy) including laser
  • Embryo freezing
  • Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
    The cryopreservation (freezing) of extra embryos and later transfer allows the chance of pregnancy when the "fresh" cycle is unsuccessful or for an additional pregnancy at a later time.
  • Egg donation
  • IVF surrogacy
  • Single Embryo Transfer- SET
  • Reversal of female sterilization by laparoscopy
  • Urological consultation and male fertility treatments
  • Premature Ovarian Failure
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome- PCOS

Laboratory Services

In addition to offering complete embryology services listed above, Reproductive Partners maintains advanced reproductive laboratories capable of measuring critically important reproductive hormones with results available the same day. Reproductive Partners' andrology services perform detailed analyses of semen and sperm performance. Frozen sperm may be stored temporarily for anticipated treatment.

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