In Vitro Fertilization in New Jersey
In Vitro Fertilization Treatments for New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York
SJFC is the longest continuously running IVF program in southern New Jersey, with a proven track record of success. We strive every day to bring this tradition of excellence to our patients to help them succeed. While many of our patients who come for IVF treatments are from New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York, we regularly see patients that travel explicitly for our expertise.
Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) include various methods of aiding human reproduction through techniques that involve retrieving a woman’s eggs from her ovaries. These procedures are best known by their acronyms, such as IVF and ICSI. An innovative new technology called Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) allows selection of chromosomally normal embryos to dramatically increase pregnancy rates.
About the IVF Process
IVF is a process by which one or more eggs (oocytes) are fertilized outside the body. If the male partner has a very low sperm count, then fertilization is achieved by injecting a single sperm into each egg in a process called Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). If the sperm count is normal, then the usual procedure is to place a droplet of washed sperm (50,000) onto each egg. Successfully fertilized eggs are called embryos. A select number of embryos are placed into the uterus for implantation and establishment of pregnancy. Prior to implantation, embryos can be tested for their genetic competence through PGS, and a single normal embryo can be implanted with a high probability of
Indications for IVF
For potential IVF patients in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York, the following are key factors that may cause you to seriously consider in-vitro fertilization:
• Absence or blockage of the fallopian tubes
• Functionally damaged tubes
• Male factor infertility
• Long standing infertility despite conventional therapy
• Unexplained infertility
IVF Cycle Steps
Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
In cases of sub-optimal sperm counts or poor sperm motility, Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is used to increase the chance of successful fertilization. The procedure consists of injecting a single sperm directly into the egg. Manipulation of the eggs requires special equipment specifically designed to perform the very small, intricate movements used in this procedure.
Assisted Hatching is intended to benefit the patient by assisting the embryo to attach to the lining of the uterus. This procedure is performed just prior to transferring the embryos to the uterus by creating a small opening in the zona pellucida (egg shell) with the aid of a micro needle. The zona pellucida is opened in order to facilitate the normal hatching process, which must take place before the embryo is capable of contacting the endometrial lining of the uterus for implantation. Manipulation of the embryo requires specialized equipment, designed to perform these very small intricate movements. The risk of damaging the embryo from the Assisted Hatching procedure is exceedingly rare. Assisted Hatching is usually performed on all embryos being transferred to the uterus with the exception of embryos at the blastocyst stage.
Blastocyst Embryo Transfer
After 5 to 6 days of culture, healthy embryos usually reach the blastocyst stage. They contain more than 32 cells. When an embryo reaches this stage, it has proven itself to be quite viable. In January of 1999, we began extending the embryo culture in order to transfer many embryos at the blastocyst stage. By transferring blastocysts we are attempting to increase the pregnancy rates by transferring the best quality embryos. Our intention is also to decrease the high order multiple gestations by limiting the number of embryos we transfer. The embryo quality and stage of development will determine on which day the embryo transfer will be. This will not be known until the second or third day after the eggs are retrieved.
Choosing the Number of Embryos to Transfer
Increasing the number of embryos transferred into the uterus increases the chance of a resulting pregnancy, up to a point. The more embryos returned to the uterus, the higher the risk of multiple gestations. Our team of doctors, nurses, and embryologists will help you determine the best number of embryos to transfer in your individual situation. Our goal is to optimize the pregnancy rate while reducing the risk of high-order multiple gestations. The decision is based on your willingness to risk multiple gestations and your openness to the possibility of choosing selective reduction of fetuses in the event that there are triplets or more. Other important factors are your age, the reason for your infertility and the quality of the embryos to transfer.
Many patients find that they have “extra” embryos beyond those needed for transfer into the uterus. The advantage of embryo cryopreservation is to give the patients an added chance of achieving a pregnancy without having to undergo a complete IVF stimulation cycle if their fresh embryo transfer is unsuccessful. In the long run, embryo cryopreservation improves the likelihood of conception at a decreased cost.
Cryopreservation is typically performed on embryos on the fifth day of culture, thus it is done before you know if you have become pregnant from the fresh cycle. The thawing and transferring of the embryos are performed in a programmed cycle, which includes administration of Lupron, Estrogen pills and patches, and Progesterone supplements. Cryopreservation does not cause birth defects.
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IVF Fertility Clinics in New Jersey
South Jersey Fertility Center has established itself as the premier provider of IVF fertility care for patients near Philadelphia, New York, and the counties of Burlington, Mercer, Atlantic, Camden, Ocean, and Bucks.
For IVF Treatments near Philadelphia:
Philadelphia residents have extremely convenient access to South Jersey Fertility Center’s offices in Marlton, Egg Harbor, Burlington, and Sewell, all within a short drive of Philadelphia proper. If you are a Philadelphia resident looking to learn more about IVF treatments, please call us at (856) 282-1231 or contact us online for more information.
For IVF Treatments Near New York:
South Jersey Fertility Center’s locations are easily accessible for residents of New York seeking in-vitro fertilization. Many New Yorkers seek out our IVF services each year, making the trip via I-95S or the Garden State Parkway. Want to learn more about South Jersey Fertility before making your appointment? Give us a call at (856) 282-1231.
IVF Consultations via Teleconferencing:
Unable to make the trip to one of our locations for an initial introduction? South Jersey Fertility is excited to announce that we will soon be accepting teleconferencing appointments for in-vitro fertilization for anyone in the Tri-State area, and everyone else who doesn’t live nearby. We want to make sure that we can meet your needs without geography getting in your way. If you are looking to learn more about our IVF expertise in New Jersey and wish to do so via teleconference, please contact us or call today.