Infertility & Lifespan Medical Institute
Dr. Steven A. Brody, MD, PhD
Fertility Specialist & Reproductive Endocrinologist located in San Diego, CA
Dr. Steven Brody is an expert fertility specialist, helping women to become pregnant with in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques from his practice, the Infertility & Lifespan Medical Institute, in San Diego California. Dr. Brody offers compassionate fertility support and treatments to help women and couples who have struggled to conceive. If you are concerned about infertility and have questions about IVF, call or schedule a consultation online today.
IVF Q & A
What is IVF?
IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. This is an advanced fertility treatment takes eggs and sperm, harvested from the people who want to be parents then joins cells to create embryos which are implanted in the mother’s uterus.
In most cases, the fertilization occurs via natural means- this means that the sperm and egg are put together in an environment that mimics a woman’s womb, allowing fertilization to occur. However, it is possible that artificial insemination techniques may be used to join the sperm and egg cells together to achieve fertilization.
IVF is a powerful fertility treatment that helps many women become pregnant, as long as viable eggs and sperm can be collected and the uterus provides a hospitable environment for the embryo to attach and grow.
What happens during IVF?
IVF treatment takes place in several stages.
First, the woman has hormone injections which both hyper-stimulate her ovaries and regulate the release of multiple eggs. Then, when her body is ready to release several eggs at once, Dr. Brody and his team harvest her eggs.
At this time, sperm is collected. The eggs and sperm are put together in an environment that mimics the body so that they can join and create embryos.
The embryos are then implanted into the woman’s uterus in hopes they attached to the uterine wall and become viable pregnancies.
If more embryos are created or if more eggs are harvested than can be implanted in an IVF procedure, they are carefully frozen and stored to be used in the future.
This is a simple explanation of a complex process. Dr. Brody will discuss the process with you in more detail and provide comprehensive answers to your questions about the process. He carefully guides parents-to-be through the IVF process, answering your questions along the way.
How do I know if IVF will help me become pregnant?
Dr. Brody offers thorough exams and consultations to determine the root cause of your fertility issues before suggesting any fertility treatments. Different treatments are available depending on the obstacle to your ability to become pregnant. He discusses your fertility treatment options with you and offers his expert advice on the fertility treatment most likely to help you.
What is PGD?
PGD is the preimplantation genetic diagnosis. This procedure tests embryos for genetic disorders and abnormalities before implantation is completed. This testing can help parents avoid passing on genetic disorders to their children, achieve healthy and viable pregnancies, and grow their families successfully.
If you have questions about IVF or fertility issues, contact Dr. Brody today by calling the Infertility & Lifespan Medical Institute or scheduling a consultation online.
Services We Offer
Polycystic Ovary Syndromemore info
Bioidentical Hormones & Estrogenmore info
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)more info
Aggressive IVF Protocolsmore info
Mini IVFmore info
Low Sperm Countmore info
Egg Donation & Egg Freezingmore info
Preventing Miscarriagesmore info
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