As part of our commitment to providing the best fertility solutions to our patients, at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates we pride ourselves for being on the forefront of advanced reproductive technologies and techniques. There is a reason we have among the best IVF success rates in the country. This year, three fertility trends are in practice here at our fertility clinic, making many couples’ baby dreams come true.
Elective single embryo transfer (eSET): One of the concerns about traditional in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures is that there is an increased chance for multiples. This is because 2-3 mature embryos are routinely transferred into the woman’s uterus with the hopes that one will successfully implant and develop into a healthy pregnancy. Multiples result when, instead of one, two or more of the embryos implant, making the pregnancy higher risk. Now, a new IVF protocol called eSET transfers a single embryo, eliminating the risk for multiples while maintaining positive pregnancy rates.
Preconception testing: By examining each parent’s unique genetic profile through blood or saliva tests, genetic experts are now able to look at which health conditions and issues might be of particular concern to the couple’s future child. Preconception testing is particularly recommended for couples with family histories of genetic conditions, or those from specific ethnicities that are more likely to have certain diseases. However, fertility specialists now suggest that all couples can benefit from the results. The information the geneticist learns through the testing allows the couple and their fertility specialist to make the best choices for a healthy pregnancy, no matter the results.
Frozen egg/embryo IVF cycles: Through a new flash-freezing technique called vitrification, both unfertilized and fertilized eggs (or embryos) can be safely frozen for later use. With this process, one egg retrieval procedure can produce enough eggs to be used for multiple IVF cycles in the future. Frozen embryos can be thawed and transferred into the uterus, just like newly produced embryos, with a similar pregnancy success rate for each IVF cycle. This advancement provides new opportunities for couples wishing to preserve their pregnancy options for a later date, and in cases when a cancer diagnosis threatens fertility.
At Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates, our world-class fertility doctors are excited to make your baby dreams come true using all of the latest, most effective reproductive technologies. Please contact us to make an appointment to discover the best option for you.