In the realm of fertility treatments, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) stands out as a beacon of hope for countless individuals and couples aspiring to start or expand their families. At UNC Fertility, we pride ourselves on guiding our patients through every step of their IVF journey with compassion, expertise, and personalized care. 

What is IVF?

IVF, or In Vitro Fertilization, is a series of procedures used to help individuals get pregnant. It involves combining an egg and sperm outside the body in a laboratory dish. Once an embryo forms, it is then transferred to the uterus with the hope of achieving a successful pregnancy.

The IVF Process

  1. Initial Consultation and Assessment: The journey begins with a comprehensive consultation where we evaluate your medical history, conduct necessary tests, and discuss your fertility goals. This step is crucial in tailoring a treatment plan that suits your specific needs.
  2. Ovarian Stimulation: Hormonal medications are administered to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. This increases the chances of retrieving viable eggs for fertilization. Throughout this phase, regular monitoring through blood tests and ultrasounds ensures optimal response to the medication.
  3. Egg Retrieval: Once the eggs reach maturity, a minor surgical procedure, guided by ultrasound, is performed to retrieve them. This is done under sedation, ensuring comfort and safety.
  4. Sperm Collection and Fertilization: A sperm sample is collected from the partner or a donor. In the lab, the eggs and sperm are combined, and fertilization is carefully monitored. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be used if necessary, where a single sperm is injected directly into an egg to facilitate fertilization.
  5. Embryo Culture: The fertilized eggs (embryos) are cultured in a controlled environment for several days. Our embryologists closely observe their development, selecting the healthiest embryos for transfer.
  6. Embryo Transfer: One or more embryos are transferred to the uterus. This painless procedure is guided by ultrasound, and any remaining viable embryos can be frozen for future use.
  7. Pregnancy Test and Follow-up: About two weeks after the embryo transfer, a blood test is performed to check for pregnancy. 

Why Choose UNC Fertility?

  • Expert Team: Our clinic is staffed with highly trained and experienced fertility specialists, embryologists, and support staff dedicated to your success.
  • Personalized Care: We understand that every fertility journey is unique. Our individualized treatment plans ensure that you receive the best possible care tailored to your specific situation.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: UNC Fertility is equipped with cutting-edge technology and modern laboratories to provide the highest standards of care.
  • Emotional Support: We recognize the emotional challenges that accompany fertility treatments. Our counseling services and support groups are here to help you navigate this journey with resilience and optimism.\

For more information about IVF call our Raleigh office at 919-908-000 or contact us online today!