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In Vitro Fertilization Seattle WA

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.

Overlake Reproductive Health
(425) 646-4700
1135 116th Ave NE - Suite 640
Bellevue, WA
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
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Dr. Allen Gregg South
(206) 709-8600
1229 Madison
Seattle, WA
Business
Allen Gregg South, MD
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Most insurance plans accepted including Medicaid and Medicare.
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Swedish Medical Canter
Residency Training: Stanford University
Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School,
Additional Information
Languages Spoken: English

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Kristen A Austin
(206) 215-6300
1229 Madison St Ste 1450
Seattle, WA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Philip David Dubois, MD
(206) 505-1000
1101 Madison Street Suite 301
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1966

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Lorna A Marshall, MD
(206) 515-0000
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wa; Swedish Med Ctr -Seattle, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Virginia Mason Ctr-Fertility

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Washington Center for Reproductive Medicine
(866) 937-2229
1370 116th Ave N.E., Suite 100
Bellevue, WA
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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Amy E. Korten
(425) 899-4455
12303 NE 130Th Ln
Kirkland, WA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Ellen Jenny Kauffman, MD
(206) 467-0321
1401 Madison St Ste 100
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1978

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Diana L Villanueva
(206) 621-1116
1100 Virginia St
Seattle, WA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Nancy Margaret Tipton
(206) 223-6600
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialty
Gynecology / Oncology

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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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