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In Vitro Fertilization Pacific MO

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.

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St. Louis, MO
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Data Provided by:
John Brian Bennett, MD
(314) 525-1020
Labadie, MO
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oxford Univ Med Sch, Oxford, Uk (352-09 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1968

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Joseph Arthur Hill, DO
(636) 441-8771
6420 The Cedars Ct
Cedar Hill, MO
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Barnes St Peters Hosp, Saint Peters, Mo
Group Practice: Barnes St Peters Women's Care

Data Provided by:
Asko Kivikoski, MD
(314) 879-6390
Ballwin, MO
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Turku, Laaketieteellinen Tiedekunta, Turku, Finland
Graduation Year: 1958

Data Provided by:
John Palmer Elliott, MD
(602) 528-0060
339 Consort Dr
Ballwin, MO
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1972

Data Provided by:
Stacey L Clancy, MD
(314) 965-6033
10345 Watson Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Business
Probst & Behm Ob/Gyn Services
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Mary Clare Ryan, MD
(314) 205-6917
PO Box 195
Saint Albans, MO
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1993

Data Provided by:
Brian Patrick Mc Kenna, MD
(631) 862-3770
339 Consort Dr
Ballwin, MO
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Suny At Stony Brook Hlth Sci Ctr, Stony Brook Ny 11794
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: St Catherine Of Sienna Med Ctr, Smithtown, Ny; Suny University Hospital -Sto, Stony Brook, Ny

Data Provided by:
John Jeffrey Elliott, MD
339 Consort Dr
Ballwin, MO
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1977

Data Provided by:
Debra Lee Schaeffer, MD
(262) 780-4000
322 Woodlawn Terrace Ct
Ballwin, MO
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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