IVF is a method of assisted reproduction that involves combining an egg with sperm in a laboratory dish. If the egg is fertilized and begins cell division, the resulting embryo is transferred into the woman’s uterus where it hopefully implants in the uterine lining and develops further.
In addition to standard IVF, Dr. Abaé offers other options made possible through IVF, such as:
Once the eggs are fertilized, they’re checked 24 hours later for fertilization and again the next day to evaluate for early cell division. Once the eggs divide, they are considered embryos and placed in a solution called media to promote growth. The embryos are cultured for three days and then transferred to the uterus or cryopreserved.
We now also have the ability to grow the embryos for five or six days, until they reach the blastocyst stage. For some couples these blastocysts may have a greater chance of implantation, allowing us to transfer fewer embryos and lower the risk of multiple births while increasing the chance of pregnancy.
The embryo transfer occurs a few days after the egg retrieval. This procedure is quick and painless and requires no anesthesia. Dr. Abaé uses a very fine catheter to pass gently through the cervix and deposit the fertilized egg or eggs directly into the uterine cavity. You’ll rest for an hour or two following the procedure.
Fertility & Genetics is equipped to offer other techniques of IVF, including:
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!