In order for pregnancy to occur, an egg has to be released from the ovary and unite with a sperm. Normally this union, called fertilization, occurs within the fallopian tube. When this process cannot take place in the body, it can be accomplished in the laboratory by using the IVF technique. The technique involves uniting an egg collected from a woman’s ovary with sperm collected from her partner under laboratory conditions. The resulting normal embryo(s) may be transferred to the uterus (womb) for continued growth. The significance and benefit of IVF and ET is that it gives a couple, who has difficulty in achieving pregnancy, an opportunity to attempt to overcome their infertility.
Many people are surprised to learn that human reproduction is a relatively inefficient process. In a healthy fertile couple, the probability of a live birth after any one exposure is thought to be no higher than 25%. It is unlikely that the rate of a successful pregnancy followed by embryo transfer can parallel the rate of normal fertilization. In the most experienced IVF programs, rates of pregnancy have usually been around 50-55% per cycle, even though more than one egg is often fertilized. The ability to harvest more than one egg in most hormonally regulated cycles of IVF tends to offset some of the inefficiency of the in vitro process as compared to nature. IVF may even occasionally result in the birth of twins, triplets, etc., if more than one transferred embryo grow in the uterus.
Cooper Institute for Advanced Reproductive Medicine offers cutting edge infertility treatment including in vitro fertilization (IVF). Located in Houston, our IVF success rate is among the highest in the nation. Cooper has developed an exceptionally efficient and practical cost approach for its Houston IVF services.
Prior to his present position at The Cooper Institute in Houston, Dr. Chuong was the IVF Program Director of the Cooper Institute For Reproductive Hormone Disorders – which is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. The New Jersey Program, under the direction of Dr. Jerome H. Check, is one of the largest and most respected gynecologic endocrinology/infertility practices in the country.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) – formerly The American Fertility Society, the ASRM is a non-profit, professional medical organization devoted to advancing knowledge in
reproductive medicine and infertility.
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
SART is the primary organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of
assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in the United States. ART includes
the practice of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The mission of our organization is to set and help maintain the standards for ART in an effort to better serve our members and our patients.
The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
A nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options
(national organization serving the needs of individuals experiencing infertility with support, education and advocacy)
All the state-of-the-art technologies, including cryopreservation of embryo, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, assisted hatching, blastocyst transfer, MESA, TESE, preimplantation diagnosis for various genetic disorders, gender selection for family balancing, etc. are offered in our most comprehensive all-in-house Houston facility consisting of highly skilled embryologists.
We have also developed an extremely efficient and reasonable cost approach for our Houston IVF and other fertility services. In addition to the affordable price for the cash pay patients, Egg Sharing Donor Program in conjunction with the New Jersey Cooper Institute is also available for those who need financial assistance. If the patients are willing to donate one-half of their eggs from retrieval procedures, nearly free cycles can be arranged, as the charges will be paid by those who receive the donated eggs. Surrogate motherhood arrangements are also part of our program for carefully selected individuals who otherwise cannot get pregnant.
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