In Vitro Fertilization
Houston Fertility Specialists’ In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) program was established in 1984 and is one of the oldest and most successful in the country. Our program provides a comprehensive array of services tailored to help you achieve your dream of having a healthy baby. For decades, our physicians and laboratory director have been at the forefront of innovation in IVF, and our experienced nurses work one on one with patients during their IVF cycle. Our team is with you every step of the way.
Our IVF program treats the most challenging infertility problems. This includes cases of women with decreased ovarian reserve and the most severe cases of male factor infertility. If IVF is determined to be the appropriate treatment by you and your physician, an individually tailored plan will be made for ovarian stimulation and subsequent fertilization of eggs. The development of eggs inside the ovary will be monitored with transvaginal ultrasound examinations and blood hormonal assays to ensure a satisfactory and safe response. This monitoring can be done at any of the our offices. The IVF procedure itself is performed in our facility located in the Texas Medical Center on The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.
In vitro fertilization is recommended for patients who have blocked fallopian tubes, low sperm count, advanced age and/or haven’t had success with other treatment methods.
What to expect when going through IVF:
- Routine testing performed prior to IVF includes preconception labs, FDA required infection disease screening, genetic carrier screening and evaluation of the uterine cavity.
- Patients will have a nurse teaching visit for injection training
- Your medications will be ordered prior to the start of the IVF cycle
- Your IVF protocol may include use of birth control pills prior to starting injectable medications
- About 12-14 days after the start of injectable medications, your eggs will be retrieved or extracted. The mature eggs will be injected with sperm and embryo development will be allowed for 5-7 days.
- The fertilized eggs that reach the embryo stage will undergo biopsy for genetic testing and frozen in our IVF laboratory.
- Once we receive your genetic test results on the embryos, you will be prepped for frozen embryo transfer.
- A blood pregnancy test will be administered about 10 days after the embryo transfer to confirm pregnancy.
Our goal is to help our patients have one healthy baby at a time, minimizing multiple pregnancy rates. Multiple pregnancies are one of the major reasons for poor outcomes in IVF babies based on scientific research. We achieve this goal through PGS selection of chromosomally normal embryos, allowing elective transfer of a single embryo (eSET) maximizing chances of pregnancy and minimizing risk for multiple pregnancy at a low miscarriage rate. We have the lowest multiple pregnancy rate and the highest eSET rate in Houston. Our eSET rate is three-times the national average, which puts us at the forefront of innovation in IVF. We are proud to have one of the lowest multiple pregnancy rates in the United States. Our eSET rate allows our clinic to be selected as a Center of Excellence with insurance companies.