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In Vitro Fertilization Houston TX

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.

Fertility Specialists of Houston
(713) 512-7900
7900 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
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Houston Fertility Center
(713) 225-5375
9055 Katy Freeway, Suite 450
Houston, TX
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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
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Cooper Institute for Advanced Reproductive Medicine
(713) 771-9771
7500 Beechnut Street, #308
Houston, TX
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North Houston Center for Reproductive Medicine
(281) 444-4784
530 Wells Fargo Drive, Suite 116
Houston, TX
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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
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Peter M Lotze, MD
(713) 512-7814
7900 Fannin St
Houston, TX
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Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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The Center for Reproduction & Women's Health Care
(713) 790-9900
7400 Fannin, Suite 1180
Houston, TX
Services and Treatments Available
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Houston IVF
(713) 465-1211
920 Frostwood - Suite 720
Houston, TX
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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
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Advanced Fertility Center of Texas
(713) 467-4488
10901 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX
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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
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Houston Fertility Institute
(832) 237-1434
13215 Dotson Road, Suite 100
Houston, TX
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
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Joy P LeBlanc, MD
(832) 553-5410
3203 E Broadway
Pearland, TX
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OB/GYN Associates
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Obstetrics & Gynecology

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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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