THE BEST CHANCE OF SUCCESS
We are committed to making in vitro fertilization (IVF) safer and more effective for families everywhere. With our technology and protocols, IVF provides the best chance of conception for those facing infertility.
One way that we are improving IVF by offering vitrification, an advanced embryo freezing process. Though IVF has traditionally been performed using fresh embryos, scientists have found increased conception rates for procedures using frozen embryos. Offering this service is just one more way that we are helping patients get the right treatment the first time.
THE RIGHT TREATMENT, THE FIRST TIME
In vitro fertilization (IVF) was first used in 1978, and since then it’s helped bring over 5 million children into the world. For couples facing an infertility diagnosis, IVF likely provides the best chance of having a baby. Simplified, the IVF process consists of drug stimulation, egg retrieval, fertilization, and a single embryo transfer. For people in need, IVF isn’t just a medical treatment. IVF is hope, family, and a brighter future. Explore our different IVF treatment options and compare success rates so you can find the options that are right for you.
Historically, IVF Fresh has been the most common type of in vitro fertilization. It starts by stimulating a woman’s eggs with a course of medications taken over a prescribed period of time. Then, a doctor extracts the eggs and inseminates them in a lab. The eggs go through cell division and an embryo is created in about 3-5 days. The embryo is then transferred to a woman's womb, in a simple outpatient procedure.
IVF FREEZE ALL
This is similar to IVF Fresh, but offers increased success rates with a process called vitrification. After a woman has completed her course of egg-stimulating medication, her eggs are extracted and inseminated in a lab. The embryos are allowed to develop before undergoing cryopreservation. The frozen embryos can be stored until the patient decides she is ready to become pregnant. This advanced process offers greater success rates and flexibility for women who are being treated with IVF.
INTRACYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION (ICSI)
In some instances, a single sperm is injected into a female egg prior to IVF to increase the odds of fertilization. This procedure is known ICSI, and may be used in cases of male factor infertility, when past IVF cycles have not resulted in fertilized eggs, or to increase chances of fertilization when few eggs have been retrieved.
Assisted hatching is a newer lab technique that was developed when fertility experts observed that embryos with a thin zona pellucida had a higher rate of implantation during IVF. With assisted hatching, an embryologist uses micromanipulation under a microscope to create a small hole in the zona pellucida. This happens on the fourth day of embryo development when the embryos contain an average of six to eight cells. Assisted hatching is thought to be helpful for couples with a poor prognosis, whose embryos are thought to lack sufficient energy to complete the hatching process.