IVF Specialist

Fertility and Genetics

Fertility Specialist located in Plantation, FL

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has given millions of infertile couples around the world the chance to become parents. Dr. Mick Abaé and his team of fertility specialists at Fertility & Genetics in Plantation, Florida, combine extensive medical skill with expert laboratory techniques and state-of-the-art technology to help their patients achieve pregnancy. They’ll never skimp on quality, but these talented doctors do everything they can to keep IVF costs affordable for residents of South Florida, including Broward County, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach. Contact the office today to schedule your appointment.


What is IVF?

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:

  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where a single sperm is injected into a viable egg
  • Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)
  • Egg donation
  • Gestational surrogacy

What are the Initial Steps of IVF?

  • Birth control to prevent ovulation until the desired time and prevent ovarian cysts
  • Ovarian stimulation through fertility medications to encourage the maturation of multiple eggs
  • Egg retrieval occurs when mature eggs are harvested using a simple outpatient procedure known as ultrasound-guided transvaginal oocyte aspiration, which takes 20-30 minutes
  • Insemination or fertilization of eggs by conventional insemination or ICSI

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.

What Happens During Embryo Transfer?

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.

Are There Other Methods of IVF?

Fertility & Genetics is equipped to offer other techniques of IVF, including:

  • Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), an outpatient procedure where mature eggs and sperm are placed directly into the woman’s fallopian tubes, allowing natural fertilization to take place
  • Zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT), a variation of IVF and GIFT in which the eggs are fertilized in the laboratory and early developing embryos are placed in the fallopian tubes
  • Frozen embryo transfer (FET), a procedure in which embryos that were frozen from a previous IVF cycle are thawed and placed in the womb