IVF - Clinic New Jersey
Dr. Daniel Navot, MD
Infertility is exhausting emotionally. As each month rolls around and hopes of pregnancy are dashed, it can be just a little bit harder to hope that you'll hold a child of your own in your arms. You may fear that your arms can only be filled with someone else's baby who was given up for adoption.
If you are the typical couple, you may have already tried some of the less expensive infertility treatments such as ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI). If these fertility treatments have not worked, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the next logical choice.Why IVF?
There are a number of reasons that make the test tube the only place pregnancy can begin for some patients.
A woman's fallopian tubes may have been damaged. An infection may cause scarring that doesn't allow the ovum to pass through the fallopian tube or sperm to unite with it. Or an ectopic pregnancy may have destroyed the tube.Endometriosis may be interfering with fertility. Male sperm counts may be too low to survive transit to the egg, or the sperm's motility may be poor. There are other issues that may make IVF your best fertility option.
A couple may know they carry a genetic defect. Screening of the embryos produced in-vitro can allow the couple to ensure they don't pass that genetic defect on to their children. The woman may not be able to risk pregnancy or may have had to have a hysterectomy. IVF allows a surrogate to give life to a child who is in every respect the genetic reproduction of the loving parents.
The Fertility Institute of New Jersey and New York begins the in-vitro fertilization process by first prescribing fertility medications that will stimulate the ovary to ripen multiple eggs at one time. We monitor this process through ultrasound scans, and urine and blood tests to recognize when the eggs are mature.
When the eggs are ready, we harvest them under sedation to keep the procedure as comfortable as possible. Then we prepare the sperm so all traces of semen are removed and the sperm has the best chance of fertilizing the egg.
The sperm and eggs are then placed together in Petri dishes which are kept in incubators to encourage fertilization. If low-quality sperm is an issue, then we may use intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to enhance fertilization, rather than using the natural process of letting the strongest sperm unite with the egg.
Fertilization produces more than one embryo. We choose from those embryos that show two pronuclei in the zygote promptly after they are fertilized. These will be the strongest embryos. When the embryos have divided into six to eight cells, or reach the blastocyst stage, we transfer them into the uterus, and wait for implantation to occur.
All this takes only three to five days from harvest to transfer. The rate of success is connected with a woman's age and other factors. The older a woman is the less likely IVF will result in a live birth.A Woman with a 15% Chance of Success Deserves the Choice
Our New Jersey and New York IVF clinic doesn't limit our IVF services to those couples we feel have the best chance of success. Our live birth statistics reflect the fact that we're willing to give the couple with a 15% chance of success the opportunity to hold a baby in their arms. Statistic just can't have the last word. The power of hope and love is too strong for that.
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