If you’re considering in-vitro fertilization, look no further.
Some of the procedures and methods done for infertility are called assisted reproductive technology, or ART. In-vitro fertilization is the most common form of ART and helps many start families. Here at Brown Fertility, our IVF success rates are some of the highest in the U.S.
Like most fertility treatments, IVF is a multi-step process.
Medications need time to work, and two simple procedures are involved. Eggs need to be extracted from your ovaries. A semen sample is needed. And the resulting embryo(s) have to be transferred to your uterus.
You’ll take medications to help stimulate, grow, and release mature eggs (oocytes).
Once your ovaries have produced mature follicles, it’s time for an in-office retrieval procedure under light anesthesia. (This is a low-risk procedure, but mild cramping after is common.) During retrieval, we use an ultrasound-guided needle. Once follicles are housed in a tube, our embryologists assess the eggs for maturity before incubating them.
Sperm Collection and Preparation
If a male partner is providing semen, we’ll collect a sample. Or, if you decide on donor sperm, we’ll use that. The sample is washed to isolate the most mobile sperm.
The washed sperm is placed in a dish with the eggs and a special growth substance that gives them nutrients. Once the egg is fertilized, it becomes an embryo. This grows and divides in our lab for two to five days.
We select the most viable embryo(s). In a procedure similar to a pap smear, we transfer the embryo(s) to the uterus. This is painless and you won’t need to be sedated. Any remaining embryos will then be cryopreserved to be used at a later date (whenever you’re ready).
Our goal is one healthy baby.
We’re here to help you conceive a miracle, but we also do our best to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy. Single Embryo Transfer (SET) is one of the many ways we are able to control your health, wellness, and safety—and how we keep your options open if you want to conceive again in the future.
So often, couples feel that transferring multiple embryos at a time will increase their chances of a successful pregnancy. However, with our record-breaking fertilization rates, multiple embryo transfer just isn’t necessary. Our team is incredibly skilled at identifying the strongest embryo for transfer. This allows us to achieve SET success rates that are comparable to the multiple embryo transfers performed by other fertility centers.
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