IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a technique that involves retrieving mature eggs from the ovary using a needle aspiration procedure and using the partner’s sperm to fertilize them outside of the body. Once fertilization is complete, the embryos are implanted in the mother's uterus and allowed to grow.
The current trend is to implant a single embryo to prevent multiple birth risks. However, in many cases, embryo chromosomes can be screened using a simple biopsy procedure, dramatically increasing the chances of a single embryo resulting in a live baby.
Advancements in medical technology have made IVF extremely useful. Approximately 70-80% of patients who select IVF achieve a viable pregnancy. However, several factors will influence the effectiveness of the procedure. They include:
Dr. Oktay will review all aspects of your care before performing the procedure, and he'll discuss any situation or circumstance that may adversely affect the results of the procedure. His ultimate goal is to use the latest medical technology to improve your chances of achieving a viable pregnancy that results in a live birth.
Dr. Oktay often considers IVF for patients who've experienced difficulty conceiving a child naturally. Patients with blocked Fallopian tubes, pelvic scars, endometriosis, unexplained infertility, or partners with very little sperm, are candidates for an IVF procedure.
Through the use of fertilization preservation patients who’ve had their embryos (or eggs) frozen, may be able to use IVF and frozen embryo transfer at a later date to achieve a viable pregnancy, even though their ovaries have been damaged.
Patients who were treated for cancer may have been exposed to treatments that damaged their ovaries and destroyed their eggs. If patients opted to store their eggs or embryos before beginning treatment, these could be utilized for IVF and frozen embryo transfer to achieve a viable pregnancy. Dr. Oktay has pioneered many IVF procedures specific for cancer survivors.