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Here is a brief overview of how IVF works:

First, women may be given hormones to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs prior to the in vitro process. A needle is inserted through the vagina into the ovary to remove eggs, and the fluid that is removed is examined carefully to ensure there are eggs present. The male provides a semen sample, and the sperm are separated from the semen in a laboratory. The active sperm are then combined with the eggs in a laboratory dish. After 18 hours or so, it can be determined if the IVF process worked. Viable embryos are incubated and observed over the next couple of days. Finally, the embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus.  If the in vitro process worked, the woman will test positive for pregnancy.

The steps involved in an IVF treatment cycle include controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, egg retrieval, fertilization and embryo culture, and embryo transfer. Embryo freezing is also done if there are extra embryos remaining after the embryo transfer is done.

One of the most important factors in IVF success at any California fertility center is the embryo transfer. If the embryos are not placed in the optimal location, they have a much lower chance of resulting in pregnancy. Dr. Kan performs ultrasound guided embryo transfers for every transfer. At the 2002 meeting for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Kan won an award for his video presentation onTransvaginal Ultrasound-Guided Embryo Transfer Technique. The skill of the Orange County fertility specialist performing your procedures greatly impacts your success rate for pregnancy.

One of the best ways to compare IVF success is with the donor egg pregnancy rates. This is because ovarian reserve is not a confounding factor as with the case in standard IVF patients. Between 2010 and 2014, Dr. Kan has averaged 82% pregnancy rates for all egg donor patients who were transferred embryos. Some of these patients elected a single embryos transfer. At Newport Fertility Center, we believe that all patients deserve a chance for pregnancy. We do not refuse patients for high FSH levels, low AMH levels, or low ovarian reserve.

Another important aspect of IVF is the embryology laboratory. Our laboratory is a state of the art facility with the most current equipment. There is a Ph.D. Lab Director and very experienced embryologists.

At Newport Fertility Center, we believe that high success rates can be achieved by an infertility clinic for patients with a low multiple gestation rate. We follow the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Guidelines for the recommended number of embryos transferred. Lower multiple pregnancy rates reduce the risks to patients and their babies via IVF in California.

2013 ASRM  Guidelines for number of embryos transferred <35 35-37 38-40 >40
Favorable Day 3 1-2 2 3 5
Others Day 3 2 3 4 5
Favorable Day 5 1 2 2 3
Others Day 5 2 2 3 3

Genetic screening of embryos for an abnormal chromosome number is called Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS). This is also called Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS). With a PGS/CCS cycle, embryos are typically grown to day 5 or 6 and biopsied at the expanded blastocyst stage. They are then frozen and subsequently transferred after testing results are complete. The frozen cycle is done approximately 1-2 months later to normalize hormone levels. This technique has been shown to be more successful than fresh day 6 transfers.

IVF is a highly successful option for the right patient. FSH, AMH, and antral follicle counts are important predictors for ovarian reserve.  A woman’s age is the single most important variable affecting success rates, with the ability to become pregnant decreasing after the age of 35. It is still possible however, to achieve pregnancy after the age of 40. For many patients age 43 or above, donor egg IVF is a highly successful treatment option.

Are you looking for an experienced Orange County IVF doctor? At Newport Fertility Center, a Newport Beach infertility clinic, we perform research and continually evaluate every step in the IVF process to ensure that you obtain the best results possible when you seek fertility treatment in Orange County. Individual success is dependent on many factors, and treatment protocols are individualized for that reason.