Treatment Options

fertility treatmentsTime continues to march on as we go about our lives and for a woman time is the critical factor in having a baby. The sooner a patient begins treatment the better the chances of having a family. Delaying this important decision decreases your chances of becoming pregnancy and may result in more complex therapies than the ones available to you today.

Laurel Fertility Care has many treatments options for couples to consider to help you become pregnant. What’s right for you? Your age, health, and family goals are key ingredients in determining the choices available to you. Our doctors will explain all the options and work with you to find the simplest and most effective treatment that will lead to a successful pregnancy.

IVF
IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) is the process of fertilizing an egg outside the body and is the oldest and most frequently used ART procedure. Originally designed to bypass diseased fallopian tubes, the number of reasons to do IVF quickly expanded to include male factor infertility, endometriosis, unexplained infertility and other conditions. IVF is the basis for many of the related ART procedures, such as donor egg, embryo donation/adoption and gestational surrogacy...Read More

Mini IVF Cycle
Minimal stimulation IVF (Mini IVF) is designed to be used for patients who are concerned about using high doses, or cannot afford the high cost, of medications routinely used in a standard IVF cycle. Mini IVF cycles use a pill called Clomid and small amounts of injectable medications called gonadotropins. We also limit the laboratory interventions to keep costs to you as low as possible...Read More

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI), sometimes referred to as artificial insemination is a procedure in which sperm are directly transferred into the uterus. Under many circumstances, the ovaries are hormonally stimulated with oral or injectable medications to improve the chance of success. An IUI is most often recommended for couples with unexplained infertility or male factor infertility — such as a low sperm count or poor sperm motility or for those choosing to use donor sperm....Read More

Egg Freezing

Egg freezing refers to the cooling process that halts all biological activity in eggs, allowing them to be preserved for future use. The technique of egg freezing has been around for decades with the first human birth from a frozen oocyte reported in 1986,1 however it had always been considered experimental. As techniques have improved dramatically over the past decade with better survival and pregnancy rates, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine removed the “experimental” label in 2013, recognizing egg freezing as a valid option to preserve reproductive potential in women of child-bearing age....Read More

IVF Surrogacy
In the past, women who were unable to carry a pregnancy successfully, had repeated miscarriages, were unable to carry a pregnancy due to medical complications, or who had no uterus were not able to parent. These special situations may prevent the woman from carrying a pregnancy but may not prevent her from creating her family. Couples may use a “third party”, a gestational surrogate, to carry the fetus and to achieve a successful pregnancy. More specifically, surrogacy is a solution for women who have had a hysterectomy and therefore do not have a uterus to carry a child, have a uterus but cannot carry a child due to uncorrectable anatomic issues or when carrying a child would be a danger to the biological mother’s health. Surrogacy using donor eggs is also the solution for men desiring a biological child....Read More

Surgery
Pelvic surgery can be used to both diagnose as well as treat causes of infertility and Laurel Fertility Care utilizes a “minimally invasive” surgical approach whenever possible. This advanced approach uses very small incisions in the abdomen to insert an endoscope and directly examine the pelvic cavity, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries on a video monitor...Read More

Laurel Fertility Care will provide a personalized plan for you to address your individual situation. If you would like to discuss the IVF procedure or have questions, please give us a call at (415) 673-9199. We are happy to answer your questions.