IVF with Donor Eggs Can Provide a Pathway to Parenthood

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is an advanced fertility treatment that can help people who are having difficulty conceiving have children. Many IVF patients use their own eggs, but there are some circumstances in which this may not be an option. At the Fertility Center of San Antonio, IVF with donor eggs has made it possible for many of our San Antonio, TX, patients to overcome fertility issues and grow their families. What Is IVF with Donor Eggs? IVF is a procedure in which eggs are harvested from a woman, fertilized outside of the body, and inserted into the uterus to increase the chances

IVF After Tubal Ligation

IVF AFTER TUBAL LIGATION - SAN ANTONIO, TX Our team of San Antonio, TX fertility doctors have helped countless couples and individuals experience the joys of building a family. This commonly involves in vitro fertilization (IVF) for female infertility and male infertility. Assisted reproductive technology provides so many options for mothers and fathers, no matter what their current situation may entail. In fact, it can even circumvent certain types of birth control. Dr. Joseph E. Martin and his team would like to consider how IVF can be used to help women who’ve undergone tubal ligation become pregnant. This offers an option for

Factors that Affect IVF Cost

IVF, or in vitro fertilization, has made it possible for many patients to become pregnant. Because this treatment process assists in many of the stages of conception, it can greatly increase your chances of having a baby. At Fertility Center of San Antonio, we are committed to making IVF as affordable as possible for all of our patients. We offer two types of IVF treatment, along with a refund program. Here, we discuss the factors that affect IVF costs so our San Antonio, TX patients have a better idea of what to expect in terms of pricing. Type of IVF Treatment We offer

Embryo Options after IVF

EMBRYO OPTIONS AFTER IVF - SAN ANTONIO, TX When it comes to helping couples experience the joys of parenthood, in vitro fertilization (IVF) remains the most popular procedure to treat male and female infertility. Dr. Joseph E. Martin and our team has helped countless people in the greater San Antonio, TX area become pregnant despite various medical conditions and circumstances. Of course, successful IVF treatment does lead to some unexpected choices patients may not have considered. With that in mind, we at the Fertility Center of San Antonio would like to discuss leftover embryos following IVF and what can be done with

What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?

According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infertility affects 6.7 percent of married women aged 15 to 44. There are numerous causes of infertility that can make conceiving a child naturally more difficult. In addition to decreasing the chances of becoming pregnant, many infertility problems make it harder to maintain a pregnancy once a woman conceives. For instance, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, and pelvic inflammatory disease all impact fertility and increase the risk of pregnancy complications, such as an ectopic pregnancy. Though most women have heard the term ectopic pregnancy, few know exactly what

Understanding Single vs. Multiple Embryo Transfer

For those who have had difficulty conceiving or want to start a family on their own, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, can make the dream of starting a family a reality. During IVF, multiple eggs are harvested and fertilized. This often leads to multiple viable embryos, one or more of which may be transferred to the uterus. Our team explains single versus multiple embryo transfer at the Fertility Center of San Antonio in San Antonio, TX. For more information about single versus multiple embryo transfer, and which is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.

The History of IVF

HISTORY OF IVF - SAN ANTONIO, TX According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were were 231,936 fertility treatment cycles performed in America in 2015. In vitro fertilization (IVF) played a role in 99 percent of all fertiliy treatments that year. The team at the Fertility Center of San Antonio can perform IVF to address male, female, and mixed infertility. Of course, the success of IVF is built on decades of research, development, and medical innovation. Dr. Joseph E. Martin and his team of San Antonio, TX fertility specialists would like to cover some key moments

IVF and Ovarian Stimulation Risks

IVF OVARIAN STIMULATION RISKS - SAN ANTONIO, TX During in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, fertility drugs are used to control hormone levels, promote the development of viable eggs, and induce ovulation. These are important parts of the process, and allow fertility specialists to achieve success during fertility treatment. San Antonio, TX fertility specialist Dr. Joseph E. Martin goes over the entire need for fertility medication in full detail prior to an IVF procedure. While the use of fertility drugs can make pregnancy more likely, there are important IVF risks to keep in mind with regard to the use of these medications.

Is IVF Painful?

IS IVF PAINFUL? - SAN ANTONIO, TX In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is one of the most popular and well-known fertility treatments in the United States. During the treatment process, women take fertility medications to encourage the development of more eggs, the eggs are extracted, and then healthy embryos that have formed can be transferred to the uterus. Many women wonder if any stages of the IVF process are painful. At Fertility Center of San Antonio, we find that some women experience cramps and abdominal pressure during the various phases of IVF. For more details on IVF and discomfort, read

Recognizing Early Pregnancy Symptoms after IVF

EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS AFTER IVF - SAN ANTONIO Couples who are having difficulty conceiving can often overcome the problem through fertility treatments such as IVF. However, for many patients, waiting is the most painstaking element of this procedure, as it can take about two weeks for signs of pregnancy to occur. At the Fertility Center of San Antonio in San Antonio, TX, we understand the emotional and psychological effects of IVF. Today, our team will explain how you can recognize early pregnancy symptoms after IVF, and how to properly care for yourself during this trying time. IVF: A Brief Synopsis When

INVOcell™ Studies: Assessing the Effectiveness of Nature’s IVF™

INVOCELL™ STUDIES - SAN ANTONIO, TX Countless couples and individuals who suffer from infertility can benefit from undergoing in vitro fertilization, which you may know better as IVF. As effective as IVF is, it can be cost prohibitive for some people. There are effective and more affordable alternatives to consider at our San Antonio, TX center, including INVOcell™, Nature's IVF™. Let’s take a moment to go over the basics of INVOcell™ and then note some clinical studies into its safety, effectiveness, and success rates. This should help you understand why more and more people are expressing interest in this IVF

Fatigue After IVF: Information for Fertility Treatment Patients

FATIGUE AFTER IVF - SAN ANTONIO, TX The team at the Fertility Center of San Antonio have helped many patients over the years through in vitro fertilization (IVF). It's one of the most popular and effective options available for couples and individuals who would like to start their own families. Like any sort of medical procedure, IVF has certain side effects associated with it as part of treatment. Fatigue is one of these side effects. Let's cover some of the basics of IVF and then explore why fatigue tends to affect women who undergo the procedure. About the In Vitro

ICSI Increases the Success Rate of IVF Treatment

ICSI CANDIDATES - SAN ANTONIO, TX When couples experience infertility, they may assume that the problem is due to female factor infertility. However, in many cases, male factor infertility is at least partially responsible for the difficulty conceiving. IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a popular fertility treatment because it can help couples dealing with a wide range of male and female fertility problems. However, if a test has confirmed that the male’s sperm are not as potent as desired, there are additional options to consider. ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, can increase the success rate of IVF treatment. ICSI

The Ultrasound Schedule after IVF

ULTRASOUND SCHEDULE AFTER IVF - SAN ANTONIO, TX At Fertility Center of San Antonio, we understand how emotionally taxing the in vitro fertilization, or IVF, process can be for our patients. Every stage of IVF can bring a mixture of anticipation, anxiety, hope, and fear. This is particularly true of the first ultrasound after patients have received a positive pregnancy test during IVF treatment. This all-important ultrasound will confirm whether the pregnancy is proceeding normally. Days can feel like months as patients wait for the period to pass between scheduling that first ultrasound and the date that ultrasound actually occurs. Our

What Are the Side Effects of IVF Medications?

IVF MEDICATION SIDE EFFECTS - SAN ANTONIO, TX The topic of fertility drugs comes up a fair amount here at the Fertility Center of San Antonio. Many patients, particularly those undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), have questions about how these drugs work, how they're used, and what side effects are associated with them. We'd like to take a moment to go over some basics regarding fertility drugs and their roles in the IVF process. We'll then consider some of the side effects that patients commonly experience. This should give you a good idea of what to expect as you undergo

Can Fibroids Cause Infertility?

FERTILITY AND FIBROIDS - SAN ANTONIO, TX At Fertility Center of San Antonio, our experienced fertility specialists offer a full range of infertility treatments designed to help couples realize their dreams of expanding their families through successful pregnancies. Essential to the success of these treatments is the accurate diagnosis of the factors contributing to a couple’s infertility whenever possible. This is why the Fertility Center of San Antonio uses only the most advanced technologies and techniques to test for fertility and identify possible issues that could be interfering with a couple’s ability to conceive. In performing fertility tests, we do

Fertility and Endometriosis

FERTILITY AND ENDOMETRIOSIS - SAN ANTONIO, TX At Fertility Center of San Antonio, we pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive range of services to couples hoping to introduce a precious new life into this world. From state-of-the-art fertility evaluation services and patient education to intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) with some of the highest success rates in the nation, we offer couples true hope with a compassionate touch. Our warm, friendly fertility experts interact with patients on a personal level, guiding them through their journey toward parenthood with a level of understanding that is rare in any field

Female Infertility and Tubal Obstructions

FEMALE INFERTILITY AND TUBAL OBSTRUCTIONS At Fertility Center of San Antonio, diagnostic testing of possible underlying causes of infertility is one of the most important stages of the fertility evaluation process, along with taking thorough medical histories and performing comprehensive consultations. Our fertility specialists are careful to explore all possible causes of infertility, including both male factors and female factors. In many cases of infertility, multiple factors can be identified. The more factors that can be pinpointed, the more effective that the subsequent fertility treatment plan is likely to be. Approximately one-fifth of all cases of female infertility can be

Types of Ovulation Problems and Their Causes

TYPES OF OVULATION PROBLEMS - SAN ANTONIO, TX At Fertility Center of San Antonio, we meticulously evaluate our patients by taking a thorough health and lifestyle history and performing a full battery of diagnostic tests to determine possible sources of infertility before recommending infertility treatments. The comprehensiveness of the diagnostic process and the ability to pinpoint as many possible contributing infertility factors as possible are essential to successful fertility treatment. In large part, we attribute our exceptional success rates to our doctors’ commitment to this all-important diagnostic stage of treatment. Proper ovulation, the process by which the female partner’s ovaries

The Negative Impact of Smoking on Female Fertility

FEMALE FERTILITY AND SMOKING - SAN ANTONIO, TX When a woman is experiencing infertility, it is important to determine its causes. Our fertility specialists offer fertility evaluations to determine the most likely source of infertility. Then, we can customize a fertility treatment plan that will address those issues and offer the patient the best chance of successful treatment results. In some cases, there may be lifestyle choices that are impacting a woman’s fertility, and for these patients, making some healthy changes may be enough to improve fertility and increase the chance of a successful pregnancy. One habit that can significantly

Low Sperm Motility – Causes and Treatments

LOW SPERM MOTILITY - SAN ANTONIO, TX Couples that have trouble conceiving naturally may want to look into fertility testing. As part of that testing, the male will undergo a semen analysis. This comprehensive test helps doctors determine whether or not the man can contribute to conception. The analysis measures the sperm count, motility (movement), and morphology (shape). The results of the sperm analysis will determine which infertility treatments may work for the couple. While sperm count plays an important role in determining a man’s fertility, the motility of the sperm carries just as much weight. Learn more about low sperm

How to Overcome Male Fertility Problems

MALE FERTILITY PROBLEMS - SAN ANTONIO, TX If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, both the male and female partners should undergo a fertility evaluation. Though a woman carries a fetus, both male and female partners can have fertility issues. Research tells us that in about a third of couples that have trouble getting pregnant, the issues are in full or partly due to male infertility. In one-fifth of infertile couples, the problem is in the male partner’s reproductive system. Call us today to schedule your consultation and evaluation, and we’ll find out why you’re having difficulty becoming pregnant. To

IVF Medications: What to Expect

IVF MEDICATIONS - SAN ANTONIO Millions of Americans struggle with infertility, struggling to become pregnant and enjoy the families they’ve always wanted. Fortunately, recent advancements in ART, or Assisted Reproductive Technology, offer hope for couples that have been unable to conceive. By far, the most popular of these is IVF, or in vitro fertilization, an exact, sophisticated multi-step process that can help remedy a variety of fertility issues. Over the past few decades, over five million babies have been born as a result of this treatment. IVF involves stimulating egg production, harvesting eggs, combining them with sperm in a lab

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) vs. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): Weighing Your Options

IVF VS. IUI - SAN ANTONIO At the Fertility Center of San Antonio, we always make sure that patients understand their various options for care. This means covering all of the risks and benefits of infertility treatments, ensuring that patients have realistic expectations about the treatments that they will undergo. We often receive questions from patients wondering if one fertility treatment is more effective than another. With that in mind, let's compare intrauterine insemination (IUI) to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and why one may be better suited for your needs than another. About Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is

Attention Women 35 and Older: IVF and Age

IVF AND AGE - SAN ANTONIO - FERTILITY TREATMENT At The Fertility Center of San Antonio, we are pleased to have achieved some of the highest in vitro fertilization, or IVF, success rates in the entire country. Unlike some fertility clinics with high success rates, we have achieved these rates while working with patients of all types, including those with complex fertility issues and women who are aged 35 and older. This latter category of patient can be particularly challenging to work with because even women without fertility issues begin to see their chances of becoming pregnant dwindle after they reach

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Overweight Patients

IVF AND OVERWEIGHT PATIENTS - SAN ANTONIO At the Fertility Center of San Antonio, our team of specialists always work closely with patients to help them begin the families that they have always wanted. Treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) have proven extremely successful, though a number of health conditions can affect the results of fertility treatments. With this in mind, we'd like to consider how excessive weight can impact results of professional fertility treatments. Weight Can Affect Fertility While the body mass index (BMI) does have some flaws at an individual level, it is a good overall guide

IVF and Underweight Patients: Why Your Weight Is a Factor

IVF AND UNDERWEIGHT PATIENTS - SAN ANTONIO Becoming pregnant depends on a complex set of factors, especially if you suffer from male or female infertility. If you’ve been struggling to conceive, our fertility specialists may suggest IVF (in vitro fertilization), a treatment that involves harvesting eggs and sperm, combining them in our lab, and implanting them directly into the woman’s uterus. This advanced technique has helped millions of people achieve their family goals. IVF is a lengthy, nuanced process that can be emotionally, physically, and financially taxing, so we work to help our patients optimize their chances for success. In

Understanding and Reducing Your IVF Risks

IVF RISKS - SAN ANTONIO, TX If you have been unable to conceive naturally or by using other fertility treatments, IVF, or in vitro fertilization, may be able to help you achieve your family goals. This procedure can assist couples with various types of male and female fertility issues. Millions of babies have been born as a result of this sophisticated assisted reproductive technology (ART). However, IVF is a complicated and lengthy procedure, so it can involve certain side effects or complications. Our team of fertility specialists works to help our patients remain aware of potential IVF risks. To learn

Should You Exercise during IVF Treatment?

SAN ANTONIO IVF AND EXERCISE - FERTILITY TREATMENT As someone who is considering IVF, you probably have a number of questions in your mind right now. Some are likely “big picture” questions about the procedure, your health, and the health of your future child. Others might have to do with more practical, everyday concerns, such as the lifestyle changes and other compromises you will have to make during your treatment. Some patients feel nervous about approaching us with questions about these “smaller” matters, feeling that they are trivial in light of the more important issue of bringing a beautiful

The Success Rates of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

SAN ANTONIO IVF SUCCESS RATES At the Fertility Center of San Antonio, we are pleased to offer advanced fertility treatments that help people start the families that they have always wanted. In particular, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has proven an effective fertility treatment option for many couples and individuals dealing with male issue fertility and female infertility matters. We receive a number of questions about the success rates for IVF, so we'd like to cover these topics in brief right now. General Success Rates of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) While numbers can vary from study to study, the general success rates

Preparing for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Treatment

SAN ANTONIO PREPARING FOR IVF When it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF), proper planning is one of the keys to success. That's why it's important to undergo various preparation tests and screenings. This is simply to increase the potential for successful pregnancy and live birth and to prevent any major birth defects. Discussions about age and viability of treatment will also come into consideration. The team here at Fertility Center of San Antonio would like to look over some of the basics when patients prepare for IVF. These tests and screenings are common and quite helpful. Screening for Infectious

Maintaining a Nutritious Diet during IVF Treatment

SAN ANTONIO - IVF AND DIET For couples who have faced the hardship of infertility, IVF treatment assists throughout the reproductive process in order to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Patients who have gotten to the point of IVF treatment are understandably hopeful for the success of treatment and are eager to learn if there is anything that can be done to increase the chances of a successful treatment. While there is no conclusive evidence of specific measures that can be taken to improve the outcome of in vitro fertilization, studies do suggest that women who are in

IVF and the Egg Transfer Stage

SAN ANTONIO IVF AND THE EGG TRANSFER STAGE At the Fertility Center of San Antonio, we take pride in offering couples more than just the best fertility care in the nation. As one of the first centers in the United States to offer office-based in vitro fertilization, or IVF, we have unique insights into the procedure and fertility in general that we are able to pass on to our patients, providing them with an education that other fertility centers cannot match. At every stage of the IVF procedure, our couples understand what to expect, what is happening biologically, and what

IVF and the Insemination Stage: Ensuring Fertilization

SAN ANTONIO IVF AND THE INSEMINATION STAGE The team at the Fertility Center of San Antonio is more than happy to discuss all of your options for effective treatment in full detail. Providing patients with amble information is one means of ensuring positive outcomes and patient satisfaction. It's important to us that patients understand that in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process designed to address male and female infertility, helping patients start the family that they have always wanted. We've previously looked at the ovulation induction stage of IVF and the egg retrieval stage of IVF, so let's continue our examination of IVF

IVF and the Egg Retrieval Stage: What to Expect

SAN ANTONIO IVF EGG RETRIEVAL STAGE The Fertility Center of San Antonio has built its reputation as one of the most esteemed fertility centers in the United States for many reasons, not least of which is our impressive success rates in helping couples achieve successful pregnancies through in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Another reason for our renown is that we are wholly dedicated to the education of our patients so that they can make the most informed and confident decisions possible regarding their treatment. We explain every stage of the IVF procedure to prospective patients in plain detail so that

IVF and the Ovulation Induction Stage: Maximize Conception Opportunities

SAN ANTONIO IVF OVULATION INDUCTION Ovulation induction is one of the early steps in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. Ovulation induction is done to encourage the ovaries to release multiple eggs during a single cycle. IVF, an effective fertility treatment for people who are having difficulty conceiving a child, typically includes the following stages: Ovulation induction Egg retrieval Insemination and fertilization Embryo culture Embryo transfer The Fertility Center of San Antonio, pioneers in the reproductive field, employs IVF ovulation induction to maximize their patients’ chances of conception. Close, collaborative work by the center’s staff and laboratory has allowed the

What to Expect in the Weeks before IVF

SAN ANTONIO IVF INSTRUCTIONS At Fertility Center of San Antonio, IVF instructions are explained in detail to patients before they commit to undergoing the procedure. Our fertility clinic is proud to feature fertility success rates that rank among the highest in the nation, and part of the reason for this is our complete dedication to educating our patients at every stage of their treatment. Our compassionate doctors and staff combine unrivaled experience in fertility care with state-of-the-art technology and the most advanced techniques to ensure the best results possible for hopeful parents-to-be. The ability of individual patients to follow our pre-treatment

Good Candidates for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF) SAN ANTONIO, TX Starting the family of your dreams can be easier said than done. Issues related to male infertility and female infertility can make natural conception very difficult for a number of people. Thankfully there are a number of different fertility options to consider that can make starting a family a reality for you. One of the most popular options in assisted reproduction is in vitro fertilization, which you may know better as IVF. We'd like to take a moment right now to go over the basics of IVF treatment and who would best benefit from

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