Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. Infertility affects approximately 7 million Americans — that’s 10% of women and men who are of reproductive age. Assisted Reproductive Technology or “ART” refers to the group of fertility treatments that involve both the sperm and the egg. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the most common type of ART. In general, IVF involves the sperm fertilizing multiple eggs outside of a woman’s body after which the fertilized eggs are then implanted into a woman’s uterus in the hopes that the result will be a successful pregnancy.
The basic process of IVF involves (4) steps:
- Stimulation: ovaries are “stimulated” using fertility medications to produce many eggs during one menstrual cycle versus one, single egg. The fertility doctor uses ultrasound or blood tests to determine when the eggs have matured.
- Retrieval: once the eggs have matured, they are ready for retrieval. The patient receives a mild anesthetic and the doctor, using ultrasound guidance, retrieves the eggs using an aspiration needle.
- Fertilization: once the eggs have been retrieved, they are placed in an IVF culture medium and the sperm are introduced for fertilization. In cases of poor sperm motility, intracytoplasmic sperm injection occurs and the sperm are injected directly into the eggs.
- Transfer: after fertilization the embryos (fertilized eggs) are then grown out for 3-5 days. They are then transferred into the woman’s uterus using a small catheter for implantation. This is a painless procedure so does not require anesthetic.
Our fertility doctors have an impressive success rate
Red Rock Fertility Center, Nevada’s leading fertility clinic, specializes in treating even the most challenging of infertility issues. Dr. Eva Littman, co-founder and practice director, sees patients for all of their appointments and is readily available to answer all questions and address patient concerns throughout the course of an individual’s or couple’s treatment protocol, including questions about ovulation.
Red Rock Fertility has one of the most advanced IVF laboratories in the Las Vegas Valley in addition to having the only certified clean room IVF lab in Nevada. Red Rock is one of a handful of IVF centers in Nevada to have two embryologists on staff with Executive Laboratory Director qualifications (ELD) as well as a third embryologist who has advanced certification as a Laboratory Technical Supervisor. Because of this expertise in combination with state-of-the art technology and techniques, approximately 90% of the eggs retrieved at Red Rock Fertility Center are successfully fertilized. There is a 20-80% chance that the transferred embryos will result in pregnancy. Red Rock’s Ultra IVF Program combines genetic screening with strict medical management and tightly controlled lab conditions to produce a 75-80% “take-home” baby rate.
Red Rock: Your fertility center in Las Vegas
If you are ready to start your journey towards a new life, take the next step and contact Red Rock Fertility Center to schedule a consultation. A new life means a new love for you.