Learn more about IVF, when it’s the ideal treatment and how it could improve your chances of getting pregnant.
When couples or individuals have trouble conceiving naturally, they often turn to our team of embryologists and OBGYNs here in Weston, South Florida. Thanks to amazing and always advancing technology, we offer a variety of treatment options to help couples achieve their dreams of becoming parents. Here’s what you should know about IVF, including when to consider this form of fertility treatment.
What is in-vitro fertilization (IVF)?
IVF is a type of assisted reproductive technology that combines a woman’s egg with sperm in a laboratory to create an embryo, which is then placed into the woman’s uterus for implantation. One IVF cycle can take about 2-3 weeks; however, some women may need more than one cycle. From start to finish, the process is usually about 6-8 weeks from consultation to insemination.
Here are the steps involved in undergoing IVF,
Step 1: Consultation: This initial appointment with us is the time to ask us any questions or address any concerns you might have. We will go through your treatment plan and your medical history to make sure that you are an ideal candidate for IVF.
Step 2: Preparing for IVF: During this process, you will go through several procedures including blood tests and ultrasounds. The woman will be placed on fertility medication to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. You will be monitored frequently by our Weston, South Florida OBGYNs to measure your hormone levels. You will also receive a hormone injection a few days before retrieving the egg.
Step 3: Retrieval process: Multiple eggs are retrieved during a minor inpatient procedure. The male will also provide a sperm sample. The egg retrieval process takes about 30 minutes.
Step 4: Insemination: We will then combine the eggs and the sperm in a lab to fertilize the egg. About 3-5 days after fertilization has occurred, we will implant the embryos into the uterus. About two weeks later you’ll come back into our practice for a blood test to see if you are pregnant.
When is IVF a good option?
IVF may be a great option for,
- Women who are dealing with fertility issues, including older women
- Women diagnosed with endometriosis
- Low sperm count in men
- Women with damaged fallopian tubes
We have couples and individuals traveling from all over the state of Florida, from Jacksonville and Tampa to Orlando and the surrounding Weston, South Florida area, turning to us for in-vitro and other fertility services. If you want to learn more about IVF and whether it’s the right option for you, call Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies at (954) 217-3456
Are you a same-sex couple interested in starting a family?
Here at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies, our team of embryologists and OBGYNs are some of the most experienced and respected doctors in the world, and they’ve been at the forefront of LGBTQ reproductive services here in Weston, South Florida. We have couples who travel from Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, and throughout Florida come to our clinic. Want to know more about the LGBTQ reproductive services we offer?
We Want to Help You Start a Family
From medical advice and emotional support to provide you with tools for financial and legal assistance, we are here to help you through every step of the way to becoming a parent. We know the unique needs of same-sex couples and couples of different gender orientations. No matter the circumstances, we can provide you with friendly, compassionate care that you respect and trust. We will work with you to find the right option to meet your needs.
Your Family Planning Options
We offer a wide range of reproductive options to our gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender couples and individuals living in and around Weston, South Florida to help them build their families. Some of these options include:
- Egg or sperm donation
- In-vitro fertilization
- Reciprocal IVF (an option for lesbian couples and women)
We are allies in the LGBTQ community, having provided support and family planning services to members of many diverse communities since 1991. Our reproductive services have helped many individuals start and grow their families, and we were one of the first surrogacy and reproductive clinics to provide services and care to the LGBTQ community. We are steadfast in our determination to create a safe, compassionate space that offers personalized and state-of-the-art technology and services to meet your reproductive needs.
There is nothing more amazing than being able to provide couples with the ability to become parents. We understand the sensitive nature of seeking out and undergoing reproductive services, particularly for those in the LGBTQ community.
Our Weston South Florida practice is here to make sure that you get the trusted, respected care you deserve. To sit down with our team to discuss your reproductive options, call Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies at (954) 217-3456 to schedule an appointment.
Here are some of the most important things to understand about egg donation.
Considering becoming an egg donor? If so, our Weston, South Florida, reproductive specialists Dr. Minna Selub and Dr. Kimball Pomeroy understand that you may have questions about the process. Before deciding whether you’re ready to take the plunge to egg donation, here’s what you should understand about the process first.
Egg Donation Requires a Variety of Screenings
Before someone can become an egg donor, it’s important that you come into our Weston, South Florida practice to undergo an evaluation and screening. There are certain criteria that must be met in order to become an egg donor. This evaluation will involve blood work, an ultrasound to look at your eggs, and also psychological screening. Even where you’ve traveled in the last six months may affect your candidacy.
Ideal Candidates are Between the Ages of 26-32
It’s a big decision to decide to be an egg donor, which is why we think this is a decision that should be considered once a woman reaches her mid or even late 20s. While women under 25 may still choose to donate their eggs, the ideal candidate is a healthy woman between the ages of 26-32 that has regular periods.
We Will Need to Match You to a Recipient
Egg donors often think that they will go through the process as soon as they are approved and the rest is history, when in fact you may need to wait first so that we can match you to a recipient. This is because when it comes to using donated eggs, fresh is preferable to frozen. It’s important that we first match you to a recipient before getting the process of egg donation started.
It Will Take Time
While the egg donation process usually takes about two weeks, and the egg retrieval procedure only takes about 20 minutes, you can expect that the whole process including the screenings to take about six weeks. We need to go through your detailed history that includes everything from your education and medical health to your travel history. We will also need to perform a medical examination, which can take several hours and involves genetic and drug testing, as well as educating the donor on how to administer their own injections at home.
Are you interested in becoming an egg donor here in Weston, South Florida? If so, the team at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies can help you through every step of the process. To schedule a consultation with us and to get started, call (954) 217-3456 today.
Your ideal time to pursue parenthood may not always coincide with your body's version of the ideal. The good news is that others have been where you are and have been able to successfully conceive. This has been possible thanks to treatment options available through your South Florida infertility doctors of the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies, Dr. Minna Selub, Dr. Kimball Pomeroy, and Dr. Nirvika Singh of the in Weston, FL.
A number of medical factors could be making it difficult for you and your partner to conceive. Too often, couples with similar difficulties are given conflicting advice that they should either relax and let nature take its course, or told that they are not putting in enough effort. As if fertility is a mental state they simply have to push themselves through.
Many women are led to believe it is only them that bear the brunt of fertility. It is true that with age a woman's fertility decreases, but after the age of 40, men may experience a decrease in semen volume and mobility.
It's important to remember that not everyone's path to fertility is the same. So treatments may vary widely from couple to couple. At times it may be necessary to combine treatments for improved chances of success.
As the most basic treatment, your fertility doctor can help you develop a schedule for when you are most likely to become pregnant. That is, during ovulation.
Medical insemination of healthy sperm during this time frame may also be an option.
Fertility drugs, and medicine, such as estrogen modulators, may also be prescribed to assist in stimulating ovulation.
When other treatments have not provided the desired result your doctor may recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF). With this method, the egg is fertilized outside the womb, in a lab, after which it is re-implanted.
To correct problems like endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes, surgery may be required.
Infertility Treatments in Weston, FL
Your individual case will determine the types of treatment your doctor will advise for you and your partner, so it's very important to come in for a visit. Make your appointment today by calling Dr. Selub, Dr. Pomeroy, and Dr. Singh at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL, by dialing (954) 217-3456.
When you're ready to start a family, it can be stressful if conception doesn't come easily.
Infertility, which can affect both women and men, can be emotionally and physically difficult to cope with, and the infertility specialists at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, South Florida are here to help you through your journey to becoming a parent.
One option for helping you conceive is Natural Cycle IVF, offered by the infertility specialists at our Weston, South Florida office. You'll be under the direct care of Dr. Minna Selub, Dr. Kimball Pomeroy, and Dr. Nirvika Singh. This limited-injection option uses oral medication rather than intravenous administration, making it both less painful and less expensive while still effective in helping you create the family of your dreams.
What is Natural Cycle IVF?
Natural Cycle IVF from our Weston Florida Infertility Specialist uses an oral medication to stimulate the development of eggs and ovarian follicles, helping the body to create stronger eggs and increase your chances of growing more for than one egg for retrieval.
One the eggs have matured, your infertility specialist at our Weston, South Florida office will give you an injection to spur ovulation. The eggs will be harvested around 36 hours later and retrieved using a thin needle. Viable eggs will be fertilized in our lab, and if an embryo develops it will be placed back in your uterus.
What are the benefits of Natural Cycle IVF?
- Lower cost
- No daily injections
- No regular blood drawing to monitor hormone levels
- Reduced risk of multiple pregnancies
- Less risk of excess embryo production
- No risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
While many appreciate the largely needle-free aspect of Natural Cycle IVF, as well as its greater affordability, those considering the procedure should know it has a lower success rate per egg retrieval than traditional IVF. Ask your Weston Florida Infertility Specialist about which version of IVF is best suited for your needs.
Let the infertility specialists at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies assist you on your path to parenthood. Make an appointment at our Weston, South Florida office today by calling Dr. Minna Selub, Dr. Kimball Pomeroy, and Dr. Nirvika Singh at 954-217-3456.
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