Achieving a healthy pregnancy when struggling with infertility may be possible through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Conceive Fertility Center in Irving, Texas, uses the latest advancements in IVF technology to produce a pregnancy when underlying medical issues or personal circumstances make it difficult to conceive naturally. The practice offers customized plans for IVF treatments, including mini IVF, to suit your needs. Find out if you’re a candidate for in vitro fertilization or mini IVF today by calling Conceive Fertility Center or by using the online booking system to request an appointment now.
In Vitro Fertilization Q & A
What is in vitro fertilization?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an assisted reproductive technology and an option for couples who are struggling with infertility to conceive a child. This process involves taking medications to stimulate egg follicles in your ovaries. Conceive Fertility Center then retrieves mature eggs which are fertilized with sperm in a medical lab.
Once the fertilized egg has time to mature, a specialist transfers them into your uterus to produce a pregnancy.
Conceive Fertility Center also offers minimal stimulation in vitro fertilization (mini IVF) treatments, which involves gentle controlled ovarian stimulation to produce a maximum of five or six oocytes or mature eggs. Mini IVF requires fewer office visits and injections.
This approach may be right for you if you don’t wish to produce an excess of embryos and may also prevent you from developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome if you have polycystic ovary syndrome.
When should I consider in vitro fertilization?
You may be a candidate for in vitro fertilization if other treatments for infertility aren’t successful or if you have a condition that may prevent pregnancy, such as:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Low sperm count
- Low ovarian reserve
- Abnormal sperm function
- Chronic, unexplained infertility
- Blocked or missing fallopian tubes
If you have infertility due to endometriosis, a condition where the uterine lining grows outside of your uterus, you may also be a candidate for IVF.
Additionally, IVF treatments are available using donor eggs and/or a surrogate for male couples interested in starting a family.
What does in vitro fertilization involve?
Conceive Fertility Center works with Allen Reproductive Center in Dallas and Mckinney, Texas, for egg retrieval and embryo transfers.
After you take a series of medications to stimulate egg production, your specialist uses the guidance of ultrasound technology to remove them from your ovaries through your vagina. This process usually occurs about 36 hours after your final injection to retrieve mature eggs.
The embryologist carefully examines the eggs under a high-powered microscope, checking for signs of fertilization. The developing embryos remain in an in vitro culture system until the embryo reaches day five or six. During this time, your specialist can screen for inherited disease or genetic defects to ensure they only transfer the healthiest embryos.
This transfer happens during a future cycle, and you can save any embryos you don’t use for later through cryopreservation, freezing technology that doesn’t harm the embryos.
To discuss your options for in vitro fertilization or mini IVF treatments, schedule a consultation with the fertility experts at Conceive Fertility Center today by phone or by using the online booking feature.