ivf process

What is the IVF Process?

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is the act of fertilizing an egg with a sperm cell outside of the body, in the laboratory. IVF is a complicated process that contains many different steps and procedures, each designed to increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

When you initiate care with Aspire, you’ll meet with one of our physicians and dedicated infertility nurses. Your physician will order initial diagnostic testing to get more information about your case and make individualized recommendations based on your results. Learn more about the IVF process, and the innovative treatment techniques used at Aspire Fertility below.

What are the IVF Treatment Techniques?

In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

IVF is one of the most commonly used and most effective procedures to treat infertility. It can be used to overcome multiple fertility problems and can be used in conjunction with an egg or sperm donor, or gestational carrier.

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In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a method of fertilizing an egg. It helps to overcome problems with fertilization, which is often an issue with male factor fertility problems and estimated to affect around 30% of infertile couples. During this procedure, a single sperm is injected into each retrieved egg. Unlike most clinics, we offer ICSI to our clients at no extra cost.

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Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Delayed Embryo Transfer

The process of placing the fertilized and developed embryos back into the uterus is called an embryo transfer. However, during IVF, the hormone levels that are needed for embryo implantation may not be synchronized correctly. Even though patients undergoing IVF are given hormone supplements to help manage this problem, recent research has shown that there may be a benefit to freezing the embryos and transferring them during a later cycle. At Aspire, we offer this delayed embryo transfer at no additional cost to our patients.

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Delayed Embryo Transfer

Assisted Hatching

Assisted hatching is a procedure that helps the embryo to break out of its shell, also known as the zona pellucida, to implant into the uterine wall. The embryologist will weaken or break a small portion of this shell prior to the embryo transfer.

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Assisted Hatching

Preimplantation Genetic Screening and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) are relatively new procedures to help patients screen for chromosomal abnormalities and genetic disorders. PGD allows for screening for a specific genetic disorder, and is most appropriate for couples that carry the genes for a genetic disease, like cystic fibrosis. PGS, on the other hand, is a screening procedure for chromosomal abnormalities, that helps to reduce miscarriage and embryo implantation failure.

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Preimplantation Genetic Screening and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

What is the Success Rate of IVF?

There are many causes of infertility and different factors that determine whether IVF treatment will be successful. When you begin treatment with Aspire, you will meet with your physician who will review your case and discuss personalized recommendations for care. Whether it be female infertility or male factor infertility, or unexplained infertility, Aspire focuses on treatments that maximize success rates.

How Does RI Witness Help with IVF Success?

RI Witness is a sophisticated technology that uses Radio Frequency Identification Tags to associate you with your eggs, sperm, and embryos. This unique tag ensures that the embryologist and physician are using and working with the correct samples each and every time. It virtually eliminates the risk of mixing up samples, providing you with an extra level of security and the peace of mind that comes with it. Aspire is currently the only clinic in Texas using this technology.

How Much Does IVF Cost?

Aspire believes in providing research-backed quality infertility care to all of or patients. As a result, we include many of the additional services that other clinics charge for, as part of our standard of care. This means that you won’t get a surprise bill with a list of extra charges. When you begin receiving care at Aspire, you’ll meet with a dedicated financial advisorwho can help you understand your costs. Our financial associates are also skilled at identifying the insurance coverage, potential financing options, and even outside financial resources that can make your treatment a little more affordable. They can even discuss our financing and payment plans that we have made available to our patients to make paying for treatment a little easier.

Schedule an IVF Consultation

Whether you’re in Houston, Dallas, or somewhere else in the United States or abroad, our team can help you achieve your fertility goals. Let’s get the conversation started on the best fertility treatments for you. Email Aspire with any questions. You can also schedule an appointment at either clinic online or call the Houston Clinic at (713) 425-3003 and the Dallas Clinic at (214) 414-3806.