Dr. Dan Gehlbach sometimes recommends in-vitro fertilization (IVF) after other infertility treatment options, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), fail to result in a pregnancy. People with certain medical conditions (blocked fallopian tubes, recurrent miscarriage, male infertility and premature menopause) also benefit from IVF.
1. Regulating the reproductive cycle. The fertility drug Lupron suppresses the pituitary gland’s signal to ovulate to allow for a controlled cycle.
2. Stimulating egg growth. Follicle stimulating hormones (follicles are tiny sacs that contain and release eggs) cause multiple eggs to grow. Dr. Gehlbach will closely monitor your progress during this phase of IVF.
>>European fertility doctors can now prescribe a new single-shot of the FSH hormone to replace daily injections in the first week of IVF. While not FDA approved yet, if the single-shot FSH hormone proves beneficial without any negative impact on the chances of getting pregnant, Dr. Gehlbach may incorporate this option into infertility treatment plans. The single-shot is not expected in the U.S. for at least a year, and is not recommended for women with diminished ovarian reserve or PCOS.
3. Harvesting the eggs. A one-time shot of hCG tells the body to release the egg(s). The timing of this final shot determines when the fertility doctor and embryologist will schedule in-office egg retrieval.
The final two phases of IVF occur in the doctor’s office: egg retrieval and embryo transfer. An embryologist will combine egg and sperm (in-vitro means “in the lab”) and prepare to transfer the embryo(s) back into the uterus.
Midwest Reproductive Center (MRC) reports high IVF success rates because our IVF cycles are precisely timed and closely monitored. Daily shots, self-administered into the thigh, stomach or hip, may make you feel like a human pincushion, but a successful outcome makes it well worth the discomfort.
IVF has been used successfully since 1978. If you want to know if IVF is right for you, contact us for a consultation with fertility specialist Dr. Gehlbach.