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Infertility FAQ

General

Normally, one egg matures each month, but when we stimulate the ovaries for IVF or ICSI, we attempt to mature multiple eggs for fertilization. In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves removing eggs from the ovaries and fertilizing them outside of the body (“in vitro”). With conventional IVF, many sperm are placed in a dish with a healthy egg, whereas with Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a single sperm is carefully injected directly into each egg.

Ovarian stimulation usually requires 10-14 days of hormonal stimulation and monitoring before the eggs are retrieved. Once the eggs are in our care, we need to consider several key steps:

  • Fertilization: Conventional IVF or ICSI? 
  • When to plan your transfer: How long should we care for your embryos before transferring or freezing them? 2-3 or 5-6 days?
  • Embryo Transfer: Fresh or frozen? If frozen, do we transfer them in the future using a controlled or natural cycle?
  • Genetic testing: Do we test your embryos before transferring them?

Based on your history, assessment, and goals, we’ll help you navigate several steps and decision points depending on your particular situation and requirements.

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