History of Texas Fertility Center

History of Texas Fertility: The first oocyte retrieval in Austin was performed at the TFC St. David’s program in 1984.


The physicians at Texas Fertility Center (TFC) provide comprehensive fertility services for our patients. These services include reconstructive surgical procedures, ovulation induction, controlled ovarian superovulation with intrauterine insemination (IUI), and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). TFC works closely with Austin IVF, a full service andrology and embryology laboratory. In addition to providing all of the necessary complex laboratory procedures for in vitro fertilization, Austin IVF provides detailed evaluation of sperm and anti-sperm antibody testing, as well as the preparation of sperm for IUI.

History of Texas Fertility Center

Our IVF program has a long and distinguished history of assisting patients in achieving their goal of pregnancy and the birth of a child. In 1983, St. David’s Hospital opened one of the first IVF programs in the country. The first oocyte retrieval in Austin was performed at the St. David’s program in 1984. Although services were initially limited to IVF and gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), the program expanded to include cryopreservation (freezing) of embryos in 1989.

In the beginning, the program was quite small, but it grew steadily over its first 10 years. The growth over the last 10 – 15 years has been even more significant, as the number of cycles that we perform has grown from approximately 100 cycles each year to greater than 600 cycles in 2008. In 2004, the IVF laboratory was purchased by Texas Fertility Center physicians in order to facilitate its continued growth. This change in ownership allowed the program to begin offering donor oocytes, donor sperm, gestational carriers and oocyte cryopreservation to our patients. In order to provide these services, we had to purchase new equipment, add several more embryologists and support personnel, and find more laboratory space. Consequently, Austin IVF moved to its current location on North Mopac in the Fall of 2006.

St. David’s hospital has played an important role in the delivery of specialized fertility services to central Texans over the last 25 years. Consequently, we asked St. David’s to continue our partnership by building a surgical facility next to our new state of the art Austin IVF laboratory on Mopac. The partnership between TFC, Austin IVF and St. David’s Surgical Fertility Center enables us to continue to provide nationally recognized services to our patients at our new location. The clinical and administrative staffs of these entities, along with the physicians, are committed to making your experience successful and pleasant.