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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.