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  1. (VIDEO) – Around Town with Caitlin Johnson

    Dr. Samuel E. Brown and Dr. Lori Hollins chat with the host of Around Town, Caitlin Johnson, to explain what infertility is and what you can expect during your New Patient Consult.

    To learn more about Brown Fertility in Jacksonville and Orlando FL, please contact us at 904.385.5638 or 407.603.0468 or fill out our online contact form.

  2. Safeguarding Fertility

    Whether a patient defers parenthood by choice or due to fertility being at risk, there are fertility options available to meet every patient’s needs.

    Female patients have the option of either freezing their eggs through Oocyte Cryopreservation or freezing embryos (fertilized eggs). Eggs are retrieved from the ovary and either frozen, or fertilized and then frozen. As of 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has declared that egg freezing is no longer experimental and have announced that egg freezing is now an acceptable fertility treatment. Due to scientific advancements such as Vitrification (extremely rapid freezing of oocytes and embryos), pregnancy rates as well as the health of delivered babies have proven oocyte cryopreservation to be a safe and viable option.

    Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and some surgeries may cause irreversible damage to reproductive health.  Through our partnership with the non-profit organization Livestrong, we are able to offer reduced cost fertility preservation treatments.

    Safeguarding

    Brown Fertility uses great measure to ensure the safety and security of human tissue. Our accredited laboratory is subject to both regular and surprise inspections by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA), College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Our cryopreservation tanks are closely monitored by our embryology team and are regularly inspected to be ensure liquid nitrogen levels are correct.  Our facility is equipped with a generator that supplies electricity to the lab in the event there is a power outage and an alert is sent to the Brown Fertility team if anything out of the ordinary occurs.

    Brown Fertility was featured on CBS where Dr. Lori Hollins discussed the processes and procedures we have in place to ensure that every patient’s embryos are safe, you can watch it here.

    At Brown Fertility, our team is committed to utilizing these best fertility options and practices to create the opportunity for parenthood in years to come.

  3. IVF Eliminates Male Factor Infertility

    IVF Eliminates Male Factor Infertility

    Infertility is defined as “the failure of a couple to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse.” Roughly 15% of married couples attempting their first pregnancy experience some degrees of difficulty to conceive. The male factor plays a significant role in about 50% of infertile couples. Fortunately, in most cases, the obstacle of male factor infertility can be easily eliminated for couples who undergo In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with the use of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).

    Diagnosis: what causes male factor infertility?

    • Sperm disorders: low sperm count, abnormalities, hormonal imbalances or problems with reproductive anatomy
    • Age: Generally, a man’s fertility starts declining around the age of 35 as the quality and motility sperm diminishes.
    • Immune disorders: Issues with the immune system can cause a man’s body to treat sperm as if it were a foreign matter, producing antibodies to fight and destroy the sperm.
    • Cancer treatments: Chemotherapy and radiation may contribute to male infertility.
    • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): STDs may damage the parts of the body that transport sperm through the reproductive tract.
    • Testosterone, Androgel, and other male hormone substitutes: Used in lieu of antidepressants or as performance-enhancing additives, they increase testosterone levels, but may also be responsible for halting sperm production.
    • Health and lifestyle factors: Including stress, weight, drug and alcohol consumption
    • Selective sterilization: Vasectomy is currently one of the most common methods of sterilization in the United States

    Questions to Consider

    Once diagnosed, many of these causes are treatable and may even be reversible. However, there are several other factors to consider when addressing infertility. Depending on the answers to the following questions IVF with ICSI may be the best option for couples.

    • How quickly you want to conceive a child?
    • Your age and your partner’s age?
    • The number of children you want?
    • Cost/Financial responsibilities?
    • For vasectomy patients: how many years since the procedure?

    IVF with ICSI Treatment

    The laboratory technique of ICSI has revolutionized the way we can treat male infertility. First introduced in 1992, ICSI is a procedure in which an embryologist takes a single sperm and injects it directly into an egg. The fertilized egg(s), also known as embryos, then remain in the laboratory for three to five days, after which implantation occurs into the woman’s uterus.

    Directly injecting the sperm inside the egg eliminates the need for sperm binding allowing the couple to conceive even when there is a low sperm count, poor motility or physical blockage. In the case of physical blockage, male patients can undergo a testicular sperm aspiration (TESE/PESA) which is a surgical procedure where viable sperm is obtained from the male reproductive tract eliminating the need for vasectomy reversal or removal of the blockage.

    Success Rates

    The success rate with this technique is highly dependent upon the skill of the embryologist performing the procedure. At Brown Fertility, our lead embryologist brings crucial experience and the direct oversight of more than 10,000 IVF cycles. He is highly skilled with ICSI for male factor patients and is currently one of the most experienced embryologists practicing in the world.

    Advancements in fertility medicine have opened the doors to address many different infertility causes in both male and female partners. Today we are able to help thousands of families achieve their dream of becoming parents.

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