Infertility Clinic and Testing in Troy & Rochester Hills, MI
If you wish to have children but have not been able to get pregnant, don’t lose hope. Contact Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology today to learn more about in vitro fertilization.
Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology supports women throughout all stages of pregnancy, including conception. Many of our patients have tried to conceive for extended periods of time without success. If you are struggling to become pregnant, our infertility clinic offers a variety of assisted reproductive technology services to help with fertilization, embryo development and implantation for a successful and healthy pregnancy:
In Vitro Fertilization
After taking medication to mature several of the woman’s eggs, a fertility test will indicate when they are ready to be removed from her body and fertilized by sperm in the lab. Sperm with low motility may be injected directly into the eggs to encourage fertilization. The fertilized eggs are then placed in the uterus in hopes that at least one embryo will undergo implantation.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
This process places sperm from either the partner or a sperm donor directly into the woman’s uterus during ovulation. A fertility test can easily detect the LH surge that precedes ovulation, to achieve perfect timing and increase the chances of success.
In Vitro With Donor Eggs
Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have, so they naturally decline over time. For older women or those who have had certain medical treatments or health conditions, they may not have viable eggs by the time they elect to become pregnant. In this case, in vitro fertilization is still possible, with a few slight changes. The woman who will carry the baby is treated with estrogen and progesterone to line her cycle up with that of the egg donor. The eggs are then retrieved from the donor and fertilized as in regular IVF, but they are placed in the uterus of the potential mother.
What to Expect
In vitro fertilization is a fairly common infertility treatment these days and is generally considered to be a minor surgical procedure. IVF can be done at the infertility clinic or your doctor’s office The timeline varies from woman to woman, but typically the initial medications are taken for several months before egg retrieval can occur, and embryo transfer happens about 3 to 5 days later.
Though some of the steps may be minimally invasive and uncomfortable, it is not typically painful. The woman receives medication to enhance her comfort level during egg retrieval and embryo transfer and does not usually need any kind of recovery period. The minor side effects most often experienced are similar to menstrual symptoms and early signs of pregnancy, including bloating, cramps, and breast tenderness.
Success Rate & Risks
Typically speaking, the physical risks of in vitro fertilization are very low. Some women may experience reactions to the medications needed for procedures, and infection is possible as well. IVF can take an emotional toll on women and couples, especially if it does not immediately result in a pregnancy.
Many women need several IVF cycles to get pregnant, and for some, the procedure may not be successful at all. Your doctor can give you a better idea of your chances based on your age, medical history, and the reasons for seeking out infertility treatment in the first place.