In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a groundbreaking treatment responsible for the births of more than five million babies. At its essence, IVF is the union of a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm in a laboratory setting rather than in the body.
The first step toward deciding if IVF is the right treatment for you is to meet with a physician. Women who undergo IVF often do so for the following reasons:
- Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes or prior tubal ligation
- Male factor infertility, including decreased sperm count and blockage
- Unexplained infertility
- Advanced maternal age
- Diminished ovarian reserve (high FSH)
The IVF Process
You can have confidence in Lenox Hill’s commitment to taking a personal approach to your care throughout the IVF process.
If after your initial consultation and fertility workup your physician recommends IVF, you will then begin stimulation to encourage your body to produce eggs. Women naturally produce one egg each month, but in order to increase the likelihood that you’ll become pregnant, we will prescribe fertility medications to encourage your ovaries to produce several eggs at a time. During this time, your physician will perform ultrasounds and blood tests to closely monitor your ovaries, hormone levels, and developing eggs.
When the eggs are mature, you will have the procedure to remove the eggs vaginally, during which you will be put under anesthesia. The eggs are then combined with the sperm in the laboratory. Techniques like intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be used to assist with the egg fertilization process. Our highly trained laboratory staff will then watch over the eggs as they develop into embryos.
Three to five days after the egg retrieval procedure you will come back to have the embryos placed into your uterus. Your physician will give you information and guidance to help you make decisions about the best number of embryos for you to transfer. Unused embryos may be frozen to preserve them for future use if you decide to continue to grow your family.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Singer to determine if IVF is right for you, call (212) 324-BABY (2229).