In the United States, over a million babies have been born with assisted reproductive technology (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) since 1987. At Gago Center for Fertility, with locations in Lansing, Brighton, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, Laura April Gago, MD, offers highly customized fertility counseling and treatments, including IVF. If you’ve been trying to have a baby for a year without success, call Gago Center for Fertility or schedule a consultation online to find out if IVF is right for you.
To put it simply, IVF is an assisted reproductive technology that combines egg and sperm cells outside of your body before injecting the fertilized egg into your uterus. However, IVF is far more complex and needs to accommodate your specific needs to help you conceive.
At Gago Center for Fertility, Dr. Gago and her team understand that each patient is unique and offer highly personalized fertility treatments, including IVF. They are passionate about helping patients like you build their families, and it shows in their high success rates.
IVF involves several steps, starting with harvesting eggs, leading to the fertilization process and implantation. Dr. Gago customizes each step along the way to meet your fertility needs.
Dr. Gago prescribes medication to stimulate your ovaries into preparing several eggs during a single cycle. She monitors your menstrual cycle until your ovaries are ready to release the egg cells. When your eggs have matured, Dr. Gago retrieves your eggs with a minor outpatient surgical procedure.
After your eggs have been harvested, Dr. Gago takes them to her fertility lab, where she either combines them with a sperm sample or performs intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). ICSI is a delicate procedure in which a single sperm cell is injected directly into an egg to fertilize it.
The fertilized eggs mature and multiply for a few days. During this time, Dr. Gago may perform preimplantation genetic screening to identify the fertilized eggs with the highest chances of successful implantation and gestation.
Finally, Dr. Gago injects the fertilized eggs into your uterus, where they may implant into your uterine wall and become a successful pregnancy. Dr. Gago may insert a single fertilized egg or several, depending on a number of factors, including your age and any prior experiences with IVF.
After approximately two weeks, Dr. Gago can test to see if your IVF was successful. It takes a few days for the egg to implant and then several more days for your body to start producing the hormones and proteins that indicate pregnancy in a urine or blood test.
IVF is an excellent fertility treatment if you have blocked fallopian tubes or are dealing with male factor infertility. It’s also used when the cause of your fertility problems isn’t identifiable.
If you’re under the age of 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for a year, or aged 35 or older and haven’t successfully conceived in six months, it’s recommended to consult with a fertility expert like Dr. Gago and the team at Gago Center for Fertility.
Call Gago Center for Fertility or schedule a consultation online today.