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Which Infertility Treatment Would Be Your Best Option?

With the modern technology of today and the ongoing advancements in the treatment of infertility, there are many options to be considered for fertility treatments. Not only do these treatments bring hope for couples who want to conceive, but they offer choices. Infertile couples can make informed decisions as to what they feel would be the best treatment to participate in.

IVF

In Vitro Fertilization is one of the most well-known infertility treatments and is considered to be highly successful. It has been estimated that over 3 million babies throughout the world have been born as a result of IVF. The IVF procedure also offers some additional options within it, which gives the infertile couple some more options.

Oral Medication

Depending on what is determined to be the cause of your infertility there may be medication that can be prescribed to help with you become fertile. For women whose ovaries will not release the eggs a medication called Clomiphene may help. It has been indicated that about half of the women who are prescribed this medication will within about three cycles become pregnant. However, it is not usual for the pregnancy to consist of twins or even more babies. This is because the medication stimulates the ovaries to release more than one egg during each cycle.

Hormone Injections

For those women where Clomiphene has not been successful the fertility specialist may order injectable hormones. There are various drugs that can be used for this. Women who are able to ovulate often find they achieve success with this form of treatment. There is more of a chance of becoming pregnant with twins or more with this form of fertility treatment.

IUI

This is intrauterine insemination. It is a procedure that is sometimes used in conjunction with drugs that are being used to encourage ovulation. In this procedure the sperm is placed directly into the uterus during ovulation but is not injected directly into the egg. It is less expensive and not as complicated as IVF, but it is also not quite as successful.

ICSI

This is a procedure called intracytoplasmic sperm injection. This is a beneficial procedure when infertility is a problem for the male who has very low or weak sperm. The egg of the woman has been extracted and once it has become fertilized the sperm will be injected with the sperm while in the lab. The woman will then go through the IVF procedure.

These are just some of the more common forms of infertility treatments. There are several others besides these, and some of the treatments are used in conjunction with each other. It can be difficult to make a choice, but listening to the advice of experts like your Los Angeles fertility Doctor will help you make the right decision. Knowing the cause of your infertility greatly helps in finding the right solution. With so many different fertility treatments being available today, it greatly increase the chances of a couple being able to go full term with the pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.

Call Pacific Reproductive Center today for the top fertility treatment at four locations in the Los Angeles metro area!

What is Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection for Infertility?

Infertility can be as a result of either the man or the woman not being able to reproduce. There can be several causes for this in either gender. One such problem can occur with the sperm in the male. There can be a solution for this, and it is called ICSI which stands for Intracytoplasmic sperm injection. It sounds kind of scary but in fact it is not that difficult of a procedure and one that can be quite successful in helping a couple conceive.

What is ICSI?

 

This is a procedure where a single sperm collected from the male is injected into a mature egg from the woman. Once the egg has been fertilized in this manner the egg is then carefully placed in the woman’s uterus.

What is the Objective of ICSI?

 

The main goal of the ICSI procedure is to help scale up the success of the fertilization phase that takes place with In Vitro Fertilization.

The Male’s Preparation for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

 

First, the sperm from the male has to be obtained. This can either be done by the man masturbating to eject the sperm, or if this is not possible then a surgical procedure is conducted. This entails removing some of the sperm from a testicle after a small incision has been made to access it. Sometimes this procedure is necessary because the male has a blockage that prevents ejaculation of the sperm. If it has been detected that the male may only have minimal sperm in the semen it may be recommended that they go through a genetic screening before proceeding with the ICSI procedure.

The Woman’s Preparation for ICSI

 

fertility clinic Torrance CAThe eggs from the female will need to be collected. In order to prepare for this the woman must receive a daily injection that can either be FSH or gonadotrophin. This is so the ovaries can be stimulated into producing multiple eggs. To ensure that everything is progressing as expected, tests will be conducted after the first week to see where the estrogen levels are at.

Also, an ultrasound will be done to determine if the eggs in the follicles are maturing. If all is going as expected then an HCG injection is given to encourage the fully developed eggs to mature. Within a 34 to 36 hour period following this injection the now mature eggs are collected through a needle aspiration. Or, if necessary through a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.

The Transfer

 

A small glass tube is the vessel that is used to put one single sperm into with each collected egg. This egg now containing the sperm will be housed in a lab overnight. The next day the eggs are inspected to see if they have fertilized. There is then a 3 to 5 day incubation period for the eggs that fertilized successfully. 

From this collection of fertilized eggs that have developed further, at least one or more is then placed into the uterus by a catheter being inserted into the cervix. It may be suggested that the rest of the embryos be frozen so they can be used in the future.

Pacific Reproductive Center offers top assisted reproduction treatments including ICSI, IVF, genetic selection and more! Call us today for a consultation at any one of our four LA metro area locations.