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 future 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.
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 it 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.
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.
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