What is IVF Treatment?
In vitro fertilization, commonly referred to as IVF, is the process by which eggs are removed from your ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory culture dish, hence “in vitro,” which means “in glass.” The term IVF is now often used to refer to the entire process by which a woman becomes pregnant using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), including ovarian stimulation, oocyte retrieval, in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer and embryo/oocyte cryopreservation.
Unlike the simpler process of intrauterine insemination (IUI) — in which sperm is placed in the uterus and conception happens otherwise normally — IVF involves additional steps which include medication and medical procedures to extract the egg or eggs from the woman. Once an embryo or embryos form, they are then placed in the uterus. Since its introduction in the U.S. in 1981, IVF and other similar techniques have resulted in more than 200,000 babies.
What Causes of Infertility Can IVF Treat?
- Low sperm counts
- Problems with the uterus or blocked/damaged Fallopian tubes
- Problems with ovulation
- Antibody problems that harm sperm or eggs
- The inability of sperm to penetrate or survive in the cervical mucus
- Unsuccessful use of fertility drugs or other treatments such as IUI
- Unsuccessful after two year of trying to conceive
- Other unexplained reasons for infertility
RSMC offers some of the most experienced San Diego
Our highly-experienced embryologists and lab specialist have over 30 years combined experience with a variety of situations, including some of the most challenging fertility cases. During that time, they established over 30 selected protocols for the IVF process, which can translate into hundreds individual treatments. Every situation is unique and there are so many factors that can affect fertility. Having a number of selected protocols means starting with the best option of treatment for your individualized situation. Most importantly, you can take advantage of our experience with thousands of cases to give you the best chance for a successful pregnancy and of growing your family.