IVF & ART at Fertility Associates of Memphis
Decide to pursue in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with Fertility Associates of Memphis, and you trigger the start of a reproductive action plan expertly led by the region’s top reproductive endocrinologists and advanced lab team. After months or even years of trying to get pregnant, you can feel confident that treatment at Fertility Associates of Memphis can offer your best chance for success.
Only a fraction of infertility patients will progress to IVF treatment.
Your reproductive endocrinologist will evaluate physical or hormonal abnormalities with female and male infertility testing, including recurrent miscarriage tests, prior to recommending IVF as a next-level treatment. Targeted fertility treatment in conjunction with IVF can help address issues such as sperm delivery (intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), genetic predispositions or recurrent miscarriage.
The Basics of IVF
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the best known of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). IVF involves collecting eggs and sperm from a couple and placing them together in a laboratory dish to fertilize outside the body. In vitro literally means ‘in the lab.’ Fertilized eggs (embryos or blastocysts) are then transferred several days later into the womb or uterus in our Memphis IVF lab. After embryo transfer (ET), implantation and embryo development occur just as in a normal pregnancy.
Fertility Associates of Memphis specialists may recommend incorporating advanced fertility treatment into the basic IVF protocol. For example, our embryologists can inject a single sperm directly into the egg with ICSI prior to embryo transfer, or identify embryos carrying an inheritable genetic disease with genetic testing.
What are the Complications or Risks with ART?
ART procedures carry certain risks. The couple undergoing ART is at risk for multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.). The overall risk for multiple births is approximately 15-30% for couples who conceive. The vast majority of those multiple births will be twins. Ovulation induction also carries a slight risk of hyperstimulation syndrome where the ovaries become swollen and painful. In severe cases, hospitalization is required.
What are the Success Rates of ART?
The specialists at Fertility Associates of Memphis have consistently outpaced national averages for success rates in all forms of ART procedures. Success rates vary widely at different clinics and can be somewhat confusing. Make sure you understand how the rates (or percentages) are calculated and make sure the rates are applicable to you. A comparison of success rates between different clinics may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics and treatment approaches vary from clinic to clinic. Please discuss your individual prognosis with your provider before starting therapy.
What Does ART Cost?
Some ART procedures can be expensive and vary among IVF centers. Insurance coverage varies widely. You should consult with your specific plan to find out if coverage is offered. We will be happy to provide an estimated cost analysis of each procedure.
Learn about other ART Procedures
Other ART procedures include:
- Blastocyst Transfer
- Single Embryo Transfer
- Embryo Freezing (Cryopreservation)
- Donor Oocytes (Eggs)
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- Assisted Hatching
- Microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA)
- Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (PESA)
Equipping You for IVF at Memphis Fertility Associates
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, “Good decision-making involves being well educated and informed about your body, the IVF process, and your clinic/treatment program. IVF is an anxiety-producing experience, and one of the best antidotes for anxiety is information and knowledge.”
Prior to initiating an IVF cycle, the Fertility Associates of Memphis support team will provide one-on-one instruction, resources, and 24/7 access to a medical professional during your IVF cycle. We understand that pursuing IVF takes courage, and that treatment impacts your physical, emotional and financial well-being.
We are here to support you throughout the process.
Fertility Associates of Memphis, Drs. Ke, Kutteh and Brezina, devise individualized IVF fertility treatment plans that have helped create families for thousands of couples in Memphis, Germantown and throughout Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Contact us today to start or expand your family.