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By Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies
February 18, 2020
Category: Pregnancy
Tags: LGBTQ   Fertility  

Dr. Minna Selub and Dr. Kimball Pomeroy, your physicians here at Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies (FIRST) in South Florida provide LGBT-friendly surrogacy and reproductive services to couples and singles throughout the Weston, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa areas. If you’re looking for a friendly, caring, and understanding team of professionals to guide you on your reproductive journey, we are here to help.

Surrogacy Services in South Florida

Gestational surrogacy is a form of assisted reproduction in which gay and lesbian couples work with a surrogate who will carry their baby or babies for them. Gay men also have the option of choosing an egg donor, whether anonymously or through a friend or loved one.

While sperm from only one man is needed to fertilize the egg, you may also discuss the possibility of using your sperm to fertilize half of the eggs and your partner’s sperm to fertilize the other half. This is something that we can discuss with you during a consultation at our South Florida office.

Assisted Reproduction for Lesbian Couples

Our office offers lesbian couples several options for starting a family. Along with surrogacy, other options include,

  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): this is where the sperm is inserted directly into the uterus. The sperm donor maybe someone the couple or person knows or it might be an anonymous donor.
  • In-vitro fertilization (IVF): hormones are administered to stimulate the ovaries to produce several eggs. These eggs are then retrieved once they are released and then fertilized with sperm to create embryos. Once the eggs have been fertilized, they will be inseminated into the uterus.

More and more lesbian couples are opting for Co-IVF because it allows them to both take part in this journey into parenthood. With Co-IVF, the eggs are taken from one partner, fertilized with a sperm donor and then inseminated into the other partner, who will then carry the baby or babies.

Along with these LGBT-friendly reproductive services, we also collect, freeze, and bank both sperm and eggs for individuals before undergoing sex reassignment.

Why FIRST?

Dr. Selub has been serving the LGBT community as a reproductive physician within south Florida since 1991, working with gay and lesbian couples and singles, as well as heterosexual couples and singles, to help them start a family through a wide range of reproductive and surrogacy services. Dr. Selub is a trailblazer in this industry, providing compassionate fertility care to the LGBT community before anyone in Florida was. Everyone is welcome at FIRST.

With an office in Weston, FL, Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies is able to provide patients from South Florida, including Jacksonville and Tampa, with reproductive options in a safe environment with knowledgeable and welcoming physicians. If you have questions about our LGBT-friendly surrogacy and reproductive services, call our office today at (954) 217-3456.

By Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies
February 07, 2020
Category: Pregnancy
Tags: Egg Donor  

Find out what it takes to become an egg donor.

Are you interested in donating your eggs but unsure where to start? Maybe you have some questions about the process and you’d like to fully understand how egg donation works beforehand. Our South Florida physician Dr. Minna Selub of Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL would be happy to walk you through the process. Here are some things you should understand about becoming an egg donor. Proudly serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas.

There are requirements for egg donation

Being able to provide couples that are struggling to have a family finally be able to create the family they’ve always dreamed of can be incredibly rewarding. A good candidate for egg donation will be,

  • In good general and psychological health
  • Be physically healthy and active
  • Between the ages of 21 and 31
  • Flexible working hours

You’ll need to come into the office regularly

Throughout the donation process you will need to come in for regular ultrasounds, exams and blood work. You may also need to undergo genetic testing. During your initial consultation with our fertility doctors will be able to explain what types of procedures you will need to undergo when you come into the office.

You will have anywhere from 8-10 doctor’s appointments during your cycle if you want to be an egg donor. During this time you will also be giving yourself daily fertility drug injections. Once the egg has matured, you will receive an injection that will stimulate ovulation so that Dr. Selub can then retrieve the egg through a minor outpatient procedure.

Interested in becoming an egg donor?

If you are interested in donation your eggs in South Florida email our office at [email protected] to let us know. We will provide you with a form to fill out and return to us. Once we’ve received your form we may ask you to come into the office for a screening to make sure that you are the ideal egg donation candidate.

Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies of Weston, FL, helps couples and individuals living in and around South Florida and throughout the Sunshine State get the fertility treatment they need. Call our office today at (954) 217-3456 to learn more about egg donations and the other fertility services we offer.

By Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies
January 27, 2020
Category: Pregnancy

Recurrent pregnancy loss may make you wonder if you'll ever be able to expand your family. Fortunately, treatments provided by Dr. Minna Selub, your physician at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in South Florida may increase the likelihood that you'll carry your next pregnancy to term.

What is recurrent pregnancy loss?

Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) occurs if you've had two or more miscarriages before reaching 20 weeks of development.

What causes RPL?

RPL can be caused by:

  • Genetic Abnormalities: RPL is often caused by chromosomal abnormalities that occur during fertilization. Although these abnormalities can happen at any age, they tend to occur more often in older women.
  • Medical Conditions: Women who have certain conditions, such as autoimmune or blood-clotting disorders, thyroid disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, poorly controlled diabetes, or high blood pressure, may be at increased risk of RPL.
  • Uterine Anatomy: Anatomical issues with your uterus can make it inhospitable for a developing fetus. Problems may occur if your uterus is abnormally shaped, you have fibroids or scar tissue, or your uterus is divided by a band of tissue called a septum.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Your habits and lifestyle may also increase the chances of RPL. Smoking, recreational drug use, alcohol intake, consuming caffeine, or being overweight can all be factors if you've experienced recurrent miscarriages.

What treatment options are available to reduce the risk of RPL?

Treatment depends on the cause of RPL. If genetic abnormalities are an issue, your South Florida physician may recommend in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The procedure unites an egg and sperm outside the body before implanting the embryos into the woman's uterus. During IVF treatment, only healthy embryos are selected for implantation.

If your doctor suspects that a chronic illness or disease may play a part in RPL, increasing your chances of a successful pregnancy may involve monitoring and treating the underlying condition and possibly changing your medications.

Making a few changes in your life, such as losing weight or giving up alcohol, may be helpful if a lifestyle factor increases your RPL risk. Surgery may also be recommended to treat anatomic abnormalities in your uterus or remove fibroids, polyps, scar tissue, and adhesions.

Call us

Have you experienced recurrent pregnancy loss? Call Dr. Minna Selub, your physician at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in South Florida, today by dialing (954) 217-3456.

By Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies
November 18, 2019
Category: Women's Health
Tags: Egg Banking  

Find out if egg banking is a good option for preserving eggs for your future family.

Not ready to get pregnant just yet? If you aren’t planning for a baby anytime soon but would like the opportunity to get pregnant in the consulatationfuture you may be wondering whether egg banking is the right choice for you. During egg banking, our South Florida physician Dr. Minna Selub collects and freezes a woman’s healthy eggs for possible fertilization in the future. Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies is located in Weston, FL and serves patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas.

 

What is involved in egg banking?

As we mentioned above, egg banking is the process of preserving a woman’s eggs and possible fertility by retrieving eggs from her ovaries and freezing them for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment in the future to increase the odds of getting pregnant.

During egg banking, the woman is given medication that will stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs in one cycle. Then a minor outpatient procedure is performed to retrieve the eggs and then freeze them.

 

Who could benefit from egg banking?

There are many reasons why women today are considering egg banking. Freezing healthy eggs keeps them viable, allowing our patients the peace of mind to know that they could get pregnant in the future when it is right for them.

Furthermore, women who are currently undergoing radical and aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation may want to turn to our South Florida physician for egg banking to preserve healthy eggs for the future so they can start a family after they’ve finished their treatment. Women who have also been told that they have a diminished ovarian reserve may also choose to turn to egg banking earlier in life so that they can get pregnant later on.

However, it’s important to know that egg banking isn’t right for every woman. Women over 40 years old or women who have a significantly diminished ovarian reserve may not be a good candidate for egg banking. Furthermore, women under 30 years old still have many years in which they can conceive naturally and may not need to consider egg freezing until later in life.

 

If you are interested in learning more about egg banking and whether this could benefit your lifestyle and future family planning then call Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL at (954) 217-3456 to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve patients from South Florida, Orlando and throughout the state.

By Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies
November 12, 2019
Category: Pregnancy

Find out more about IUI and whether it’s the best fertility procedure for you.

You’ve been trying to get pregnant but you’re having trouble conceiving. This is an issue that’s more common than you might think. While itpregnant-woman might be upsetting, frustrating or embarrassing to talk about, our South Florida physician Dr. Minna Selub offers a welcoming, warm and compassionate environment in which to sit down and discuss your fertility treatment needs. Proudly serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas. There are many options when it comes to improving your chances of conceiving and one option is intrauterine insemination (IUI).
 

What is IUI?

Intrauterine insemination involves collecting a highly concentrated sample of sperm and then placing it directly into the uterus. This procedure is performed right before a woman ovulates, giving her the best chance to conceive.
 

When is IUI recommended?

Many couples choose to try IUI first because it is simple, easy and non-invasive, as well as more cost-effective than other options. The process is also fairly fast and some couples have had incredible success with IUI.
 

Who is a good candidate for IUI?

IUI may be a good option for women who are having trouble conceiving due to,

  • Mild endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Scarring or abnormalities within the cervix or vagina
  • Unexplained fertility

Women who have a healthy number of eggs and at least one functioning fallopian tube may also be good candidates for IUI, as well as women who are also looking to get pregnant through a sperm donor. This fertility treatment might not be recommended for women with a history of infertility (more than 4 years), severe tubal disease or severe endometriosis.

Age also plays a role in fertility treatment success rates. Women over the age of 40 are not typically good candidates for IUI. Our South Florida physician will go through your medical history and perform the necessary exams to rule out certain reproductive disorders or abnormalities that could be affecting your fertility. From there, we can create a treatment plan with the highest success rate for conceiving and help you decide whether IUI is the ideal route for you.

If you are trying to conceive and want to talk about your fertility treatment options then call 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 today for a consultation.





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