In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

HQA In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

IVF TreatmentIn Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is probably the best known and most widely used Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedure. For well over a decade, IVF has allowed infertile couples the chance to conceive and bear children. The best candidates for IVF are women with damaged fallopian tubes. The entire cycle of HQA care is unique compared to other IVF practices: Our HQA IVF spans THREE Months. The first month is pre-IVF preparation either birth control pills or our special Pre-ART Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) hormonal prep. The next month is 27 days, the equivalent to one women’s cycle in which we grow the follicles containing the eggs, remove the eggs vaginally and you are under anesthesia, we then fertilize the eggs with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and grow to blastocyst stage (even up to 7 days), we then either biopsy the embryos (if you elect Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS)) and freeze or vitrify the embryos,; the last phase is the Frozen Embryo transfer cycle. Again, these are all included in our one fee. (print out comparison sheet for you to talk to other practices here). Finally there is the pregnancy test to help you learn that you have created One Healthy Baby™.

 

IVF is a four-stage procedure.

The beginning of this process involves ovarian stimulation to produce several mature eggs that can be harvested from the ovary before they have been released from the follicles, and the monitoring and collection of eggs. Multiple eggs are removed from the woman and placed in a special medium for two to three hours. The male semen is processed, using different techniques to obtain a vigorous motile sperm. The prepared sperm is then introduced into the medium containing the egg(s).

Many (not all) of these eggs will fertilize and develop into embryos, which are then transferred back into the woman’s uterus through a simple procedure that requires no anesthesia. In most cases, egg recovery is preceded by a period during which the woman receives daily hormone medications to stimulate the growth of multiple eggs. In some instances, however, it may be possible to accomplish IVF without the use of these ovulation induction medications.

How successful are these procedures?

As in any statistic, success rates vary depending on many variables, such as, the age of the women and the presence of a sperm problem. A successful pregnancy occurs naturally for couples without fertility problems at approximately 20-25%. The success rate of low-tech procedures, such as IUI and ovulation induction, is 19-29%. High tech procedures (IVF) can be 30-50% per attempt. Take a look at Our Success Rates.

What are my chances of getting pregnant?

The chance of becoming pregnant is very good for most couples. In fact, in the first year of trying naturally, it is approximately 80% to 90%. This is why it is a good idea to seek medical help if you haven’t become pregnant within 1 year of trying (or 6 months if your age is 35 or over).

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