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In Vitro Fertilization Anchorage AK

In Vitro Fertilization (literally, fertilization in glass) is a procedure during which the egg, instead of being fertilized in the woman's fallopian tube, is fertilized in a test tube or petri dish. When minimal sperm is available, frequently ICSI - intracytoplasmic sperm injection - is performed.

Richard T Nist
(907) 563-6515
1151 Winners Cir
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Angela M Torres
(907) 273-7890
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Carolyn Rhene Merkouris, MD
(907) 336-6375
2841 Debarr Rd Ste 43
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak

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Sherrie Deelisa Richey, MD
(907) 561-4567
3260 Providence Dr Ste 431
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak
Group Practice: Alaska Perinatology

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Carol Jane Wiggins
(907) 563-5151
3260 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr.C. Jane Wiggins
(907) 563-5151
Alaska Women's Health, 4115 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Hospital: Providence
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.4, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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Natalia V Saprykina, MD
(907) 561-1594
3340 Providence Dr Ste 457
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Novosibirk Med Inst, Novosibirsk, Russia
Graduation Year: 1986

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Chung Mea Ha
(907) 278-2070
1200 Airport Heights Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Karen A McCreary
(907) 561-7111
3260 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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John Dewey Erkmann, MD
(907) 264-2300
1200 Airport Heights Dr Ste 280
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1972

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IVF, IVF with ICSI, IVM and Frozen Embryo Transfer

IVF, IVF with ICSI, IVM and Frozen Embryo Transfer
updated Feb 15, 2010

IVF - In Vitro Fertilization is a last resort for many couples. Most couples starting IVF have already been through long months of trying to conceive naturally, failed IUI - Intra Uterine Insemination - cycles, multiple tests, a lot of frustration and disappointment.

This article discusses the following topics:

What is IVF?
What is the process of IVF?
What is IVM - in vitro maturation?
What happens if there are 'left over' embryos - information about Frozen Embryo Transfer

What is IVF?
In Vitro Fertilization (literally, fertilization in glass) is a procedure during which the egg, instead of being fertilized in the woman's fallopian tube, is fertilized in a test tube or petri dish. When minimal sperm is available, frequently ICSI - intracytoplasmic sperm injection - is performed.

How is IVF performed - what's the process?

Step 1 - Preparation
Both partners go through a variety of tests. These vary from one medical center to another, but often include hormone tests for the woman, AIDS and other tests for both partners and a sperm analysis for the man.

The medical center decides on a treatment plan -- how the egg production will be stimulated in the woman and when it will begin (on what day of the woman's cycle). This is what is referred to as your IVF protocol.

Frequently Lupron (also known as decapeptyl) is used to help the doctors take full charge of your hormones. It depresses your natural hormones, making the medication the sole source of ovarian stimulation.

Egg production is stimulated using hormones (e.g. Pergonal, Repronex, Fertinex, Follistim, Gonal F, Novarel, Ovidrel, Pregnyl, Profasi, and Menogon and Puregon), with the goal being to produce a "good" number of eggs to help increase the chances of having several viable embryos. (Good is defined differently in different medical centers). When too many follicles begin to ripen simultaneously, it raises the risk for OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome).

The stimulation of egg production takes anywhere from several days to close to two weeks. During this time the woman is monitored closely using ultrasound and blood tests. It is very common to make changes to the IVF protocol during the stimulation process.

What you feel: You may feel swollen or bloated from the multiple follicles that are growing. You may feel irritable or have other symptoms as a result of the hormone injections and you may feel anxious about the egg retrieval process and the success of your cycle. Many clinics now offer support groups for their patients.

Step 2 - Ova or Egg Aspiration / Retrieval
Once the eggs are ready, they are ...

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