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In Vitro Fertilization Birmingham AL

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.

Alabama Fertility Specialists
(205) 874-0000
2700 Highway 280, Suite 370 East
Birmingham, AL
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Dr.Lewis Fowlkes
(205) 933-8334
800 Saint Vincents Dr # 500
Birmingham, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1974
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Hospital: Baptist Montclair Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Holly Elizabeth Richter, MD
(205) 934-2051
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1992

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Charles Eugene Sharp Jr, MD
2700 10th Ave S Ste 306
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1989

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Lewis Jeffers Fowlkes
(205) 933-8334
800 Saint Vincents Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Rupa D Goolsby
(205) 271-1600
800 Saint Vincents Dr
Birmingham, AL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Drew Jeffrey Gunnells, MD
(205) 930-1800
2660 10th Avenue South South
Birmingham, AL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1984
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Hospital: St Vincents Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Henderson & Walton Women's Ctr

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George Hams McGrady
(205) 930-1800
806 St Vincents Dr
Birmingham, AL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology

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James Maxwell Austin Jr, MD
(205) 975-9523
1016 18th St S Ste A
Birmingham, AL
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Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1967
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Hospital: St Vincents Hosp, Birmingham, Al; Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Southern Gyn Oncology

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Michele Christine
(205) 933-8334
800 Saint Vincents Dr
Birmingham, AL
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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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