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IVF with Own Eggs and Sperm

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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the gold standard of fertility medicine and the most effective fertility treatment available. IVF treatment offers the highest success rates and quickest time to pregnancy of any Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).

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What is IVF?

In Vitro Fertilization is the most effective fertility treatment. It involves a multi-week/month process in which eggs are removed from a female’s ovaries, fertilized with sperm in a petri dish, grown inside a lab for several days (usually 3-5), then transferring into the female’s uterus to develop for the remainder of gestation.

IVF is used in conjunction with a multitude of medication protocols to produce more and higher quality eggs, sperm, embryos, and a receptive uterine lining. It is used successfully for both medical and elective reasons.

Types of In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization is a broad umbrella term used to describe a treatment where fertilization happens outside of the body. There are many subcategories within IVF that are frequently given and referred to with different names despite being based on the same technology and techniques.

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IVF Treatment Process

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Stimulation

Medications are taken to improve number and quality of eggs.​

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Retrieval & Collection

Eggs and Sperm are retrieved and collected.

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Laboratory

Eggs are Fertilized and developed inside our embryology laboratory.

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Transfer

Embryo(s) are transfered into a woman’s uterus.

  • What are the steps for Tandem Cycle?
    The procedure starts with the synchronization of the menstrual cycles of the woman and the donor by means of hormonal drugs. Both partners then receive ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, and fertilization. Embryos of both groups of eggs are cultured and transferred to the uterus of the woman.
  • What is the percentage of success that a Tandem Cycle has?
    Rates of success are affected by many factors like woman’s age, ovarian reserve, and quality of embryos from both the woman’s eggs and those of the donor. Tandem Cycles success rates are at par with the success rates of traditional IVF or Egg Donation cycles.
  • What are the emotional aspects of the Tandem Cycle?
    The dynamics of Tandem Cycles may be very complex with regard to emotionally, among other things that refer to the struggle to get pregnant with own eggs as opposed to the need for donor eggs. Counseling and support services provide assistance in dealing with these emotional dimensions.

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