In Vitro Fertilization
Definition of In Vitro Fertilization
IVF is a treatment of infertility that is typically done with a reproductive endocrinologist. In Latin, “in vitro” means in glass. Since fertilization of the egg to an embryo is done in a laboratory the term, “In vitro fertilization” was coined.
The IVF Process
The process of In Vitro Fertilization, involves stimulation of the female ovaries with fertility medications. This is done in order to recruit multiple eggs (oocytes) to develop during the same menstrual cycle. Blood work and ultrasounds are performed during this time to monitor the progress of egg development. Once the eggs that are developing are thought to be mature, the eggs are harvested from the female patient through a process known as an “egg retrieval.” The eggs (oocytes) are then fertilized directly with the male partners sperm by incubating them together or directly injecting the sperm into the egg through a process known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). After fertilization occurs, the embryo(s) are grown in the laboratory for 2 to 5 days and then the embryo is transferred back into the female patient’s womb (uterus)
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates provide IVF treatment to patients in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Colleyville, Denton and the remaining Dallas and Tarrant County Areas.