During the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, FSAC physicians remove eggs from a woman’s ovaries and then combine them with sperm in our state-of-the-art laboratory. One or more of the fertilized eggs are subsequently placed into the woman’s uterus. Over the course of four decades, IVF has been a proven method for infertile women and couples to become pregnant. Our expert FSAC team brings unparalleled skill and experience to the process, providing critical guidance and support every step of the way:
- Stimulating the Ovaries
We prescribe medications that copy the natural action of a hormone in the brain called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This encourages the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, which FSAC physicians monitor for proper growth and development. Once they have reached the desired maturation, the eggs are retrieved.
- Retrieving the Eggs
Guided by ultrasound, FSAC doctors collect the mature eggs during a simple, 15-minute procedure. The eggs are sent to our on-site laboratory for fertilization, and the patient goes home the same day.
- Fertilizing the Eggs
Using sperm provided by a male partner or donor, FSAC embryologists fertilize the eggs in a Petri dish, allowing them to grow for two to five days in order to determine which embryos stand the best chance of proper development. Our laboratory director is a recognized expert in multiple fertilization techniques (including single sperm injection) that have yielded FSAC patients excellent results.
- Replacing the Embryos
FSAC physicians place one or more embryos into the uterus by means of a small tube inserted through the cervix. Patients go home shortly after the procedure and resume normal physical activity after one to three days. Any additional embryos may be frozen for future use, avoiding additional ovarian stimulation and egg collection.
- Achieving a Pregnancy
Our doctors at FSAC closely gauge patients’ hormones after the embryo transfer to ensure they are at optimal levels to sustain a pregnancy. We perform a pregnancy test 10 to 12 days after the transfer procedure and monitor normal pregnancy development via ultrasound.