If you’re experiencing fertility issues, you can now get the compassionate reproductive technology care you need at Garden OB/GYN. Garden OB/GYN is thrilled to announce Garden Fertility, a division of our medical practice dedicated towards helping women and families plan for their future.
IVF is the leading assisted reproductive technology available for women and families struggling with fertility issues. It is the most effective method for helping to enhance fertility and conception, and for preventing genetic problems. IVF involves a series of complex procedures that retrieve mature eggs so that they can then be fertilized by sperm in a lab. Following fertilization, the embryo(s) are then transferred to a uterus
Mature eggs are first retrieved from a woman’s ovaries. Oftentimes, the eggs are immediately frozen upon collection, using a process known as egg freezing, until they are ready to be thawed for the IVF process. Once ready for the IVF process, the mature eggs are thawed and fertilized by sperm in a lab. The egg(s) and sperm may be from you and/or your partner, or they may come from a known or unknown donor, depending on your particular circumstance and desires. After fertilization, the egg(s) will be transferred to the uterus. Implantation may take place in the mother, or some couples may choose to use a gestational carrier, a woman who can carry the implanted embryo to full term on behalf of the mother or couple.
IVF is a complicated process so duration may vary and sometimes multiple attempts are needed in order to achieve a successful implantation, conception and gestation. A typical IVF cycle takes about three weeks, but it may take longer depending on how the process is split up.
IVF is typically used as a treatment for infertility or genetic problems, but it may also be performed if the woman is over the age of 40 or if she has certain health conditions.
Unless a patient has tubal blockage, IVF is usually not the first treatment option used to treat infertility. Before IVF is decided upon, your Garden Fertility specialist might first talk with you about your available option for fertility drug, surgery and artificial insemination.
Success rates for IVF depend on many factors including age and the cause of infertility. According to a 2016 report by the CDC, about 27% of all cycles of IVF resulted in a successful pregnancy
Health risks as a result of IVF treatment are typically not common, but as with any medical procedure, are possible. Some issues include Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and a higher chance of having multiple pregnancies, like twins or triplets. If you experience nausea or vomiting, decreased need to urinate, shortness of breath, feel faint, bloating, severe stomach cramps, or abnormal weight gain in a short period of time (a few days), you may have OHSS and we encourage you to contact your Garden Fertility specialist immediately.
Garden OB/GYN also offers a full range of infertility treatments and fertility preservation options, to give you even more options to conceive.
Complications with the actual egg retrieval process are rare, but may cause bleeding, infection or damage to blood vessels or areas such as the bladder or bowel.
Schedule your in vitro fertilization evaluation at Garden OB/GYN today. You can conveniently book your appointment online or over the phone.