Infertility is faced by many people of child-bearing age around the world, and through the years there have been developments in the ways in which we can move beyond these challenges and successfully conceive. These fertility treatments are commonly referred to as Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). They are not exclusive to the male or female reproductive system, as treatments include the egg as well as the sperm.
There are several forms of ART, but the most commonly used is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and it is has proven to be quite successful as a method of embryo transfer. The process of IVF is when the egg is manually fertilized by the sperm outside of the body in a controlled laboratory setting. Once this occurs, the embryo is then implanted into the uterus. Chicago IVF is a leader in this particular form of ART having helped many patients welcome their new babies into their lives through embryo transfer.
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Chicago IVF doctors take great care in every step of the In Vitro Fertilization process to ensure the safety and comfort of the patient and best practices are followed for the most optimal results. In terms of a short-form sequence of events, there are several steps in this process.
The first is activating the formation of eggs in the female’s ovaries and identifying the best time to retrieve the eggs.
- After the eggs have been removed from the patient’s ovaries through a small procedure, sperm is placed with the egg and incubated together for a set period of time to create embryos (fertilized eggs). Great attention is paid to the ratio of sperm and egg during this period before embryo transfer.
- Once the embryos have gone through a few days of incubation, the embryo is transferred into the uterus through a painless procedure. Chicago IVF follows set national (ASRM) standards on how many embryos to transfer. Embryos may be transferred on either day 3 or day 5, depending on individual patient circumstances.
IVF is a solution for many patients who are seeking an answer to the challenges of infertility. It is the most popular among ART treatments and for good reason, as technology improves and methods are refined, the success rate of the treatment continues to increase.
Reproductive health is immensely important throughout this process and we care about the education and success of the treatments that we deliver each one of our patients. That is why if In Vitro Fertilization is physician-recommended for you, you will be enrolled into our IVF educational programs for patients to reduce stress and ensure you know and understand the facts of the process.
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