IVF at the University of Miami - UHealth Fertility Center
In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) refers to the creation of embryos in a laboratory setting by placing sperm and eggs in a culture dish. The field of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has made dramatic advances in the past several years, and we are pleased to provide our patients with the most innovative technology available.
IVF is a process which involved several steps.
- Preparation: This stage involves diagnostic tests to assess your basic ovarian function, to rule out certain medical conditions and sexually transmitted disease, and to ensure that the uterine cavity is normal.
- Stimulating the ovaries with fertility medications: There are several protocols to achieve ovarian stimulation; your doctor will choose the one that best suits your needs. During active stimulation, you will visit our office every 2-3 days depending on your response. These are very short visits that will not last more than 15 minutes.
- Egg retrieval: This is when the eggs are harvested from your ovaries and is an ultrasound guided office procedure which is performed under anesthesia.
- Egg culture and fertilization: After harvesting your eggs, they will be fertilized by joining them with sperm, or by performing Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). Following fertilization, embryo will remain in the incubator and observed on regular bases to follow their progress.
- Embryo Transfer: This can occur on Day 3 or Day 5 depending on several factors, your doctor will discuss with you options and potential for the best outcome. After the transfer occurs extra, good quality embryos may be frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen for future pregnancy attempts.