The conventional In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a technology that introduces the female egg (oocyte) and male sperm in a specialized culture medium where the chances of success fertilization are greatly enhanced. The embryos are observed and grown in our IVF laboratory, where they are graded for quality and reintroduced to the recipient’s uterus at a multicell embryo stage or later at the blastocyst embryo stage. All procedures are required during an IVF cycle, including ovarian stimulation and monitoring, egg retrieval and embryo transfer are performed on-site in our state-of-the-art facilities.
During In vitro fertilization, eggs are retrieved and fertilized in our laboratory, with the resulting embryos being placed into the uterus 2 to 5 days later. This procedure achieves remarkable pregnancy rates even in women with much damaged fallopian tubes, seemingly sterile husbands, and other “unexplained” cases of infertility.
Extra embryos are frozen and saved for a later, much less expensive future pregnancy. Our special Japanese freezing technique essentially assures no damage to viable embryos. Therefore the success rate for frozen embryo transfer in our program is just as high as for “fresh” IVF. The cost for subsequent frozen IVF cycles in one quarter the cost of the original cycle, thus easing the economic burden to some degree.