We strive to educate our patients with knowledge that empowers each individual on their path to parenthood. When patients understand their own treatment options, they can be proactive on their journey.
To help further educate you on the fertility treatments associated with IVF, we have put together a series of short educational videos introducing you to basic fertility procedures; as well as more advanced treatment cycles.
During assisted hatching, the zona pellucida, which covers the embryo, is weakened or ruptured. This outer layer is disbanded with an acidic mixture.
Assisted hatching is completed with a micromanipulation technique requiring the use of microscopic tools, robotic assistance, and a microscope to view the embryo.
Infertility labs are continually employing new standards for embryo development; embryos are able to survive in the lab for up to 5 or 6 days. At this point of development, the embryos have reached the blastocyst stage of development.
Day 3 Embryo
Fertility clinics can transfer embryo(s) to the uterus on day 2 or 3. For these embryos, the human body is the optimum habitation for the embryo to grow and develop after fertilization.
A diagnostic procedure such as hysteroscopy, or saline sonogram can reveal an abnormality in the uterus. This procedure allows for direct views of the uterine cavity and permits the physician to surgically correct the abnormality.
Embryo transfer takes place after eggs have been collected and fertilized in a IVF laboratory setting. Depending on your situation, the best quality embryos are selected and then transferred to the Surrogate Mother.
A Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an x-ray that observes the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes. A dye is injected into the uterine cavity through the vagina and cervix. The cavity fills with dye and if the fallopian tubes are open, dye fills the tubes and spills into the abdominal cavity. The test defines whether the fallopian tubes are open or blocked. The uterine cavity is evaluated for the presence of congenital uterine anomalies, polyps, fibroids, or uterine scar tissue.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a procedure in which the male sperm is injected directly into the egg(s) for in vitro fertilization (IVF). ICSI has been a tremendous benefit to couples for over a decade and has revolutionized the treatment for couples suffering from severe male infertility.
Artificial insemination and IUI can benefit those with male factor infertility, unexplained infertility or cervical mucus problems. It is also the procedure for which single women and lesbian singles or couples can become pregnant and have children using donor sperm.
LS Tubal Patency
Tubal health — if you are ovulating, your doctor will want to confirm tubal patency with a hysterosalpingogram. After your period cycle, and before you ovulate, the fertility doctor will inject fluid into your uterus, which will determine whether your uterus and fallopian tubes are in good health or need additional fertility testing or treatment.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is the screening and detection of genetic diseases or chromosome abnormalities in eggs or embryos prior to conceiving an intrauterine pregnancy.
A fertility specialist can diagnose fertility issues, including chromosomal or genetic abnormalities, lupus, hormonal problems, and uterine abnormalities such as, fibroids and polyps.
Sperm are the male reproductive cells that fertilize the female eggs to conceive.
Some women are born with, or develop, an irregularly shaped uterus, including a septate uterus, tipped uterus, and a unicornate uterus. A septate uterus contains a uterine septum. This septum performs as a solid structure that separates the two.