In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
The following describes in vitro fertilization. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
What is IVF?
If a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked or damaged, fertilization and embryo movement through these tubes cannot take place. In order to achieve a pregnancy in these cases, fertilized eggs (embryos) are placed directly into the uterus. IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) uterine transfer achieves remarkable pregnancies in women with damaged fallopian tubes. IVF can also help a couple with male factor infertility (low sperm count, motility or poor quality) achieve pregnancy when it is combined with the ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) procedure.
Will I need to take hormones?
To prepare the body for the IVF procedure, the woman receives hormone injections to stimulate development of the ovarian follicles, the sac-like structures that contain the eggs. Taking hormones increases the chances of retrieving many ripened eggs, each one capable of being fertilized and producing a pregnancy. HMG (human menopausal gonadotropin) and recombinant FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) are the hormones used to stimulate the production of follicles.
How many embryos will be implanted in my body?
Up to two or more embryos are returned to the patient depending on her age and embryo quality. If a woman has extra embryos, they can be frozen for future attempts at pregnancy by using a FET (frozen embryo transfer) procedure.
What happens if I don't get pregnant after IVF?
If you do not get pregnant, you will stop taking the hormones. You should consider undergoing another IVF cycle in the future because additional cycles have a good pregnancy rate. Another option is to go through a FET (frozen embryo transfer) if your cycle yielded extra embryos for freezing.
One of the nation’s most successful reproduction centers
The Hurley Center for Reproductive Medicine at Hurley Medical Center is a committed team of specialized physicians, embryologists, nurses, and administrative personnel who are dedicated to assisting couples achieve their goal of attaining a family while maintaining the highest quality care in a personal, intimate setting.
One of the largest reproductive centers in Michigan, The Center for Reproductive Medicine is known for its pregnancy results which consistently are among the highest in the nation. All fertility treatment options approved by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology are available in our Center, and our IVF laboratory offers the most advanced techniques available anywhere.
Outstanding pregnancy statistics
The Center for Disease Control publishes IVF (in vitro fertilization) statistics for all fertility clinics across the country. Our statistics are among the highest in Michigan and also the United States.
For more information or to schedule a consultation appointment to learn if IVF or one of our many other procedures can help you fulfill your dream of parenthood, please contact:
Center for Reproductive Medicine
Two Hurley Plaza
Flint, MI 48503
(810) 762-7040 – fax
*We accept most health insurance plans