Why consider pairing IVF and PGS?
If you’re looking for a match made in fertility treatment heaven, consider pairing PGS with IVF. Our Austin fertility specialists recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) to hopeful parents who want the fastest path to pregnancy.
How pairing IVF and PGS leads to pregnancy success
Our Austin fertility specialists have decades of experience delivering the most-effective fertility treatments to help patients become parents. They have performed research that has demonstrated that adding PGS to IVF is both cost-effective and can increase the chance of a successful pregnancy from the transfer of a single embryo. This enables our patients to bring home a baby faster and less expensively, while nearly eliminating the risk of a multiple pregnancy.
Wondering how pairing IVF and PGS can accomplish this? The answer is in the multi-step process of this advanced reproductive technology.
- Ovarian stimulation requires a woman to take fertility medications to help her ovaries safely produce as many mature eggs as possible.
- Egg retrieval occurs when our Austin fertility specialists determine that the time is right, ie. when many mature eggs have developed as a result of ovarian stimulation. At that time, they will ask you to administer a trigger shot. Approximately 36 hours later, the eggs will be retrieved from your ovaries during a brief outpatient procedure performed under IV sedation.
- Fertilization in the IVF laboratory involves combining the eggs with sperm from the woman’s partner or her chosen donor. When the sperm fertilizes an egg in the petri dish, an embryo forms.
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a technique in which a single sperm is microscopically injected into each mature egg. This procedure is performed routinely in cases of severe male factor infertility, as well as in cases where PGS is planned.
- PGS can provide information about whether an embryo is chromosomally normal. The process involves removing 3-5 cells from the part of the developing embryo that will become the placenta and assessing the chromosomes. The biopsy does not harm the embryo. Information from the biopsy lets the physician know which embryos are suitable for transfer, and which are affected by chromosomal abnormalities that would either result in an abnormal baby or prevent a successful pregnancy.
- Embryo transfer occurs when one of our Austin fertility specialists transfers one embryo into the woman’s uterus. Thanks to PGS, our physicians can transfer just one embryo and have a high degree of confidence that it will develop into a healthy baby.
Bringing home a healthy baby
Pairing IVF and PGS increases that odds that you will become pregnant and deliver a healthy baby. Our Austin fertility specialists favor this treatment because it provides peace of mind, and helps eliminate the heartbreak associated with failed IVF cycles.
Contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment to learn how IVF and PGS can make your dreams of parenthood come true.