Fertility Treatments for Women
Natural Monitoring Cycle - This is the initial stage in your care. It involves coming to our practice to have a transvaginal ultrasound and blood work drawn at least five to eight mornings during a two-to-three-week period. The test results are used to map out your menstrual cycle. This process provides the doctor with information about your ovulation, and determines the best time for intercourse or insemination.
Ovulation Stimulation - First, you take a series of hormone blood tests to help evaluate your ovulation process. Then, oral medication, often referred to as "fertility drugs," are used to stimulate the follicles in your ovaries resulting in the production of multiple eggs in one cycle. The medications also control the time that you release the eggs, or ovulate.
Intrauterine Insemination - This type of artificial insemination uses sperm that has been washed and concentrated. This sperm is placed directly in your uterus around the time your ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilized.
Embryo Freezing – During in vitro fertilization, (IVF) or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment, we use fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries to produce more eggs than usual. These are then fertilized with your partner’s or donor’s sperm to create embryos.
Because there is normally a number of unused embryo, some couples choose to freeze the good quality unused embryos for use in alternate treatment cycles or for donation. embryo freezing reduces the potential of multiple pregnancies and prevents you from repeating the entire IVF process if a second procedure is necessary or desired.
Cryo Preservation – Cryo preservation is also known as egg freezing. This is when some of your eggs are removed from your body, frozen, and stored. Later, when you are ready to become pregnant, the eggs can be thawed, fertilized, and transferred to your uterus as embryos. The removal procedure is conducted under sedation.
Female Fertility Preservation - This process is for women with cancer who must undergo chemotherapy. During the procedure, eggs and ovarian tissue are removed through miimally invasive surgery and frozen for possible future insemination.