For Dallas area couples affected by endometriosis, fallopian tube damage, low sperm count, ovulation disorders, and other causes of infertility, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), our Plano clinic may offer the best opportunity to conceive a child. Before you start an IVF cycle, our highly skilled team will explain the entire process from beginning to end. We offer intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) ivf, frozen embryo transfer, and preimplantation genetic screening (PGD/PGS), which screens for chromosomal abnormalities and genetic diseases. Dr. Douglas has the expertise and skill to increase the odds of conception, taking you one step closer to your ultimate goal.
IVF Treatment Information
In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Overview
Since the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, was conceived and born in England in 1978, in-vitro fertilization has paved the way for the birth of over one million babies worldwide. IVF is the most successful treatment for couples who wish to use their own eggs and sperm; this treatment was originally developed as an answer for couples facing infertility due to blocked or missing fallopian tubes. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) can now successfully treat male factor infertility, unexplained infertility, endometriosis, and many other causes of infertility.
Since the mid 1980s, success rates for in-vitro fertilization have continued to grow, with national averages documented at 36 percent (national data collected in 2007see www.CDC.gov) for patients where the woman is under the age 35. At IVF Plano, we have achieved pregnancy rates for the same group of patients greater than 55 percent, well above the national success rate for live births.
The IVF Treatment Process
From beginning to end, the IVF process takes about 6 weeks to complete a cycle and follows a specific sequence of events which has been outlined below. Although many patients will have similar cycles it is important to understand that no two patients, or even cycles with the same patient will have similar patterns or results. Each cycle a couple completes can be very different in process and outcome. Dr Douglas will continually monitor all stages of IVF cycle for progress and to ensure a successful cycle.
With IVF, there are six consecutive steps:
- Growth of the oocyte
- Retrieval of the oocyte
- Collection and preparation of the sperm
- Fertilization and growth of the embryo in the IVF lab
- Embryo transfer and support
- Pregnancy support
After all stages are completed in the IVF process, the last stage is embryo storage, or cryopreservation of additional embryos.