While there are many treatment options available to improve the odds of conceiving, infertile couples and couples dealing with fertility issues often turn to us for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. After all, IVF does have the highest success rate of any assisted reproductive technology (ART), which also makes it the most popular option for couples looking to get pregnant. Dr. Minna Selub, your South Florida physician, offers IVF treatment at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL and serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas.
How does IVF work?
There are several steps involved in getting IVF. During the first step, we will prescribe a fertility medication that will stimulate egg production. It’s important to retrieve several eggs, as this will increase the odds of one of them being fertilized. During this phase, your fertility doctor will also run blood tests and an ultrasound to check the ovaries and your hormone levels.
The next step involves retrieving the eggs. This requires us to perform a simple surgical procedure in which we use a thin needle to remove the egg via the pelvic cavity. You will be under the effects of local anesthesia and sedation to ease any discomfort. Once the eggs have been retrieved they will be combined with sperm in a laboratory so that the sperm can fertilize the egg.
Once the eggs have been fertilized (this usually occurs within 3-5 days after the egg retrieval procedure), we will place one or more embryos directly into the uterus where they can implant. The placement of the embryos is done right here in our office and is completely painless.
From start to finish, it can take several months to complete one treatment cycle of IVF. While it is possible for a woman to conceive after just one round of IVF (usually around a 33 percent rate), the rate increases with more IVF cycles.
Who should consider IVF?
IVF can be an ideal treatment for many couples who are having issues with infertility. You may be right for IVF if you are dealing with,
- Damaged, blocked or removed fallopian tubes
- Ovulation disorders or uterine fibroids
- Decreased sperm count or sperm motility
- Genetic disorders
- Unexplained infertility
If you are having trouble conceiving and want to find out if IVF is right for you, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Minna Selub, your South Florida physician at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies. Call (954) 217-3456.
Find out what your options are here in south Florida when it comes to family planning!
There is nothing more important than family. If you and your partner have decided that you want to have children you may be wondering what your options are, particularly if you are a same-sex couple. Here in South Florida, our reproductive specialists, Dr. Minna Selub and Dr. Harold Rodriguez, have helped many members of the LGBTQ community determine the best fertility option to help them create the family they’ve always wanted—read on to learn more!
If you are a female same-sex couple
Perhaps you and your partner have already decided who will carry the baby or perhaps you’re still in the very beginning stages of determining your fertility options. Either way, our fertility doctors in South Florida offer a variety of options that make getting pregnant possible. Here are some options to consider,
- Intrauterine insemination: Also referred to as artificial insemination, IUI is usually the simplest and least expensive fertility method for same-sex female couples because no medication is required. Of course, testing is still necessary before beginning treatment. During IUI, sperm is placed into the uterus during ovulation to fertilize the egg.
- In-vitro fertilization: IVF boasts the highest success rate per month, which is what makes it a popular option for couples wishing to get pregnant. The one drawback is that it is more expensive than IUI. During IVF, medication is taken to increase your egg supply. During ovulation, the eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilized in a lab. Once the eggs are fertilized, they are placed back into the uterus.
You may choose your sperm donor or they may remain anonymous. Of course, our Weston, FL, doctors will talk with you to determine the right choice for you and your partner.
If you are a male same-sex couple
There are two main options for male couples who want to start a family: gestational and surrogate carrier.
- Gestational carrier: This is when the couple chooses one woman who will provide the egg as well as carry the child.
- Surrogate carrier: This is when a couple chooses a woman to provide the egg donation (it may be a woman that the couple knows or it may be an anonymous donor) for another woman who will carry the baby.
We will discuss all the different options, as well as the pros and cons of each. We will also determine which partner’s sperm we will use (or whether we will use both) to fertilize the egg. Before the sperm is used, screenings will need to be performed to analyze the health of the sperm as well as the partner’s overall health so we can determine the best chance for treatment success.
Interested? Give us a call!
Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies is located in Weston, FL, but is proud to serve patients throughout South Florida, including Jacksonville and Tampa. If you want to learn more about the reproductive services that we offer, call our office today at (954) 217-3456!
Some women dream of becoming mothers but are unable to become pregnant with their own eggs. The good news is that many of these women can potentially become pregnant with the help of donor eggs. If you meet the qualifications to become an egg donor, you could help make another woman’s dream of motherhood come true. Dr. Minna Selub is your South Florida physician for egg donation and fertility assistance at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL and serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas.
Egg Donor Qualifications
Becoming an egg donor can be one of the most rewarding and selfless things you do. Becoming an egg donor is not for everyone, though. You must be in good health and have a flexible schedule to accommodate multiple appointments at our office. Some of the qualifications to become an egg donor include:
- Under 32 years of age
- In good health
- Flexible schedule
- Availability to visit the office regularly for examination
- Ability to administer hormone injections at home
Egg Retrieval Process
Prior to retrieving any eggs, egg donors first undergo a process to stimulate egg production. During this time, egg donors administer hormone injections at home daily for about one and a half weeks. The injections help stimulate egg production in the ovaries to maximize the number of eggs that can be retrieved. During this time, donors also need to come into the doctor’s office on at least four separate occasions for blood work and vaginal ultrasound exams to ensure the ovaries are properly stimulated.
When the eggs are ready for retrieval, a thin needle is used to retrieve them. The needle is inserted into the ovaries through the vaginal wall. The egg retrieval procedure only takes about 15 minutes to complete and patients can return home the same day. Patients are sedated throughout the procedure so there is no pain or discomfort. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities the following day after the procedure.
If you are ready to help another woman realize her dream of becoming a mother and you meet the qualifications for becoming an egg donor, schedule a consultation with Dr. Selub, your South Florida physician for fertility assistance. To schedule an appointment, contact the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL at (954) 217-3456. Also serving patients from South Florida, Orlando and throughout the state.
Infertility struggles affect at least 1.5 million women in the U.S. alone, according to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Struggling with infertility can be a devastating experience, but there are treatments that can help. Infertility help is available at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL and serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas. Physician Dr. Minna Selub can develop a treatment plan for overcoming infertility and helping you to conceive.
Causes of Infertility
The CDC describes infertility as the inability to conceive naturally after attempting to do so by having unprotected sex for a period of one year or more. A woman’s fertility can be affected by many different factors or conditions, such as aging. In addition to getting older, other factors or conditions that can diminish fertility or lead to infertility include:
- Family history of infertility
- History of multiple miscarriages
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments
The ability to conceive can be hampered even when there are no issues with a woman’s fertility. Certain factors and conditions affecting men can also impact fertility, such as having a low sperm count. Other male issues that can affect fertility include having a family history of either prostate or testicular cancer and having undergone chemotherapy or other cancer treatments.
Many options are available for treating infertility and helping couples conceive. Your South Florida physician for infertility can help determine which treatment approach would be best based on individual factors and your particular situation. Some of the options available for treating infertility include:
- Determining when ovulation occurs for timed intercourse
- Artificially inseminating healthy sperm during ovulation
- Stimulating ovulation with fertility drugs or estrogen receptor modulators
- Correcting endometriosis or blocked fallopian tubes through surgery
- Using in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another assisted reproductive technology
If you are struggling with infertility, Dr. Selub at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies can help. Dr. Selub proudly serves patients from South Florida, Orlando and throughout the state. For help with infertility, schedule an appointment by calling (954) 217-3456.
Are you having trouble getting pregnant? In vitro fertilization (IVF) may help you expand your family. Dr. Minna Selub, your South Florida physician, offers IVF treatment and other fertility services at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL and serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas.
What is IVF?
The first step in IVF involves stimulating the ovaries with fertility medication to produce multiple eggs. Once the eggs have matured, they're removed with a hollow needle during a minor surgical procedure. Extracted or donor eggs are then mixed with sperm in a laboratory. Healthy embryos resulting from the procedure are implanted in your uterus during the final step in the treatment. If one or more of the eggs implant in the lining of your uterus, you will become pregnant.
Am I a good candidate for IVF?
Your South Florida physician may recommend IVF if:
- Your infertility is due to a problem with your Fallopian tubes: Your eggs can't travel from your ovaries to your uterus if there's an issue with your Fallopian tubes. IVF may be recommended if one or both of your tubes are missing or if the tubes are blocked, damaged or scarred.
- You have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Your ovaries may fail to release eggs if you have PCOS, even though the eggs are mature. The IVF procedure can help you overcome this obstacle to parenthood.
- Your male partner suffers from infertility. IVF is often recommended if the male partner has a low sperm count or an abnormality with his sperm. During the IVF procedure, the healthiest sperm are selected to increase the chances of pregnancy. If your partner has a very low sperm count, it may even be possible to extract a single sperm cell using intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
- You have endometriosis: Endometriosis can cause scarring in and around your Fallopian tubes and ovaries. Thanks to IVF treatment, it may be possible to finally become pregnant.
- You have other fertility issues: IVF may also be a good option if you have an unexplained fertility problem, decreased ovarian reserves or irregular ovulation.
Would you like to learn if IVF is right for you? Call Dr. Minna Selub, your South Florida physician at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL and serving patients from South Florida, Orlando and throughout the state. Call (954) 217-3456 to schedule an appointment.
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