In Vitro Fertilization, also known as IVF, is a procedure by which a woman’s eggs are extracted from her ovaries and fertilized by her partner’s sperm in the laboratory. The resulting embryos are incubated for three to five days and are then transferred into the uterus or cryopreserved for a future cycle.
A woman undergoing IVF will have have her ovaries stimulated with Gonadotropin subcutaneous injections (GNT’s) to produce a sufficient amount of eggs. She will be closely monitored through her cycle with bloodwork and ultrasound to determine the optimal time for the retrieval of her eggs. When her eggs reach maturity, she is given a subcutaneous injection called “Ovidrel” (or HCG) which will begin the process of ovulation. After 35 hours, she will undergo intravenous sedation and her eggs will be retrieved through needle aspiration in the operating room located in our clinic. Her partner will provide a sperm sample which will be used to fertilize her eggs immediately following the retrieval.
Couples diagnosed with any of the following may benefit from IVF treatment:
- Damaged, blocked or previous ligation of fallopian tubes
- Male factor (including low sperm count or previous vasectomy)
- Advanced maternal age (over 38 years old)
- Reduced ovarian reserve (low quality or quantity of eggs)
- Severe Endometriosis
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Unexplained Infertility
The first IVF baby, Louise Brown, was born in England in 1978. Since then, there have been approximately four million children born through In Vitro Fertilization. NewLife offers fertility treatment in six locations including: Mississauga, Brampton, Woodbridge, Richmond Hill, Burlington, and Milton
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