To give their patients access to the most effective assisted reproductive technology available today, Sharon Moayeri, MD, and Nidhee Sachdev, MD, at OC Fertility® offer in vitro fertilization (IVF). If you’ve struggled to get pregnant, don’t hesitate to seek the help of these fertility experts. To learn more about their IVF center, call the office in Newport Beach, California, or make your appointment online today.
The fertility specialists at OC Fertility® offer in vitro fertilization or IVF to help you get pregnant. Their nationally recognized, state-of-the-art IVF lab allows them to monitor and control every step of the fertility process. In this way, the OC Fertility® team uses IVF to help a wide variety of people get pregnant.
In vitro fertilization might be right for you if you:
If the traditional path to pregnancy hasn’t worked for you, don’t hesitate to ask OC Fertility® about IVF.
In vitro fertilization is a five-step process:
IVF begins with injecting daily hormone medications to stimulate the ovaries to make multiple eggs instead of the single egg that normally ovulates each month. This therapy does not take away from the future pool of eggs but recruits eggs that would otherwise have dissolved without reaching maturity.
Blood tests and ultrasounds are done to carefully monitor your response. This process of monitoring eggs until maturity usually takes 10-14 days.
When the follicles are ready for egg retrieval, an injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (HcG) or Lupron® is administered to finalize the egg maturity. This time-sensitive injection determines the timing of the procedure to remove the eggs.
If you’re using donor egg to conceive, the donor goes through this process with the OC Fertility® team.
The egg retrieval is done by your OC Fertility® doctor where an anesthesiologist administers anesthesia to make sure patients are comfortable. Using ultrasound guidance, the follicles are drained and eggs are removed and sent to the adjacent embryology lab for evaluation. At the time of surgery and under a microscope, the embryologist identifies the eggs from within the follicular fluid.
If a partner is contributing sperm for the IVF, they provide their semen sample on the day of the egg retrieval. Alternatively, your OC Fertility® provider can use previously collected, frozen sperm or donor sperm. In either case, your provider washes the sperm to increase the odds of fertilization.
During this step, the sperm is introduced to the egg, either in a culture dish or via intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). After one day, they check to see if the sperm has successfully fertilized the egg.
If you’re interested in preimplantation genetic testing screening (PGT), preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), your OC Fertility® provider makes sure that the appropriate next steps are performed.
The OC Fertility® team can freeze any excess healthy embryos for future use.
Once the fertilized egg reaches the blastocyst stage — which usually takes five to six days — your OC Fertility® provider can implant the embryo in your uterine lining using ultrasound guidance for the most precision possible.
This procedure can be done in the same cycle as the Ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval, or in a subsequent cycle after the embryos have been frozen. Your OC Fertility® doctor will talk about whether a fresh or frozen embryo transfer (FET) is the best option for you.