The desire to have children is a powerful instinct — but for millions of individuals, medical hindrances make it difficult or impossible to conceive and have children naturally. In Vitro Fertilization, egg donation and sperm donation are highly effective and affordable option for many couples.
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In Vitro Fertilization — referred to as IVF, is an astounding option at our Tijuana Infertility Clinic for couples who are struggling with infertility. IVF was developed to overcome infertility due to fallopian tube problems in women, but to date it has become the staple treatment for virtually all forms of infertility in both men and women.
Becoming a Parent through IVF
Treatment with in vitro fertilization begins with a private consultation with one of our world renowned fertility specialists to discuss your fertility history and your expectations.
There are several advantages to IVF in Tijuana. Eggs can be evaluated and fertilization can be confirmed in the lab, and there is more opportunity to influence sperm concentration.
Step 1 | Hormone Stimulation
During egg growth stimulation, you will be provided with medication, educated on the treatment cycle timeline, and taught how to self-administer the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) injections.
This process will further stimulate greater egg production, which allows our fertility specialists to maximize the number of eggs for a higher chance of achieving fertilization and pregnancy.
Throughout your treatment cycle, our professional fertility team will monitor you closely with regular blood tests and ultrasounds to measure the size and number of your ovarian follicles
Step 2 | Egg Retrieval
Once you have an optimum number and size of follicles we will plan your egg retrieval. You will have a trigger injection of hCG (human chorionic gonatrophin) and the retrieval will occur 36 to 38 hours later.
Egg retrieval is typically accomplished at our Reproductive Medicine Institute under transvaginal ultrasound guidance. The process is performed under local anesthesia and takes 20-30 minutes.
On the morning of the egg collection your partner will need to provide a fresh semen (sperm) sample to immediately fertilize your eggs after collection.
Step 3 | Fertilization
Collected eggs are taken to the laboratory and placed in a culture medium in preparation of fertilization. The prepared sperm and eggs are combined in a dish where fertilization occurs. The better quality pre-embryos will continue to divide to the five-day stage, and are referred to as blastocysts.
During ICSI in Tijuana, which we detail below, an individual sperm is selected by a highly experienced embryologist, and, under very delicate microscopic control, the egg is injected with a precise single sperm.
Step 4 | Embryo Transfer
Three to five days after the IVF procedure is performed by our expert fertility specialists, you will return to the clinic for the embryo or blastocyst transfer. The embryos are transferred into the uterus through a very fine catheter passed through the cervix.
If there are any unused embryos, couples may choose embryo freezing to preserve the availability at a later time.
Progressive Results with Blastocyst Transfer
A blastocyst is an embryo that has divided into many cells over the five-day period following egg retrieval. Blastocysts are a more advanced group of embryos, making them more likely to implant. Resultant of the higher implantation rate, our fertility specialists only require the transfer of two blastocysts to obtain exceptional pregnancy rates.
Our highly skilled embryology unit services vibrant efforts to sustain the process of embryo development to blastocyst stage. During the procedure, a special catheter containing the embryos or blastocysts is guided through the cervix, and the embryos/blastocysts are gently placed near the top of the uterine cavity.
We are constantly upgrading our equipment and seeking continuing education to ultimately translate this meticulous process into even higher pregnancy rate for our patients.
Advanced ICSI Procedure
If you are diagnosed with male fertility problems, such as a low sperm count or an inability for the sperm to penetrate the egg, IVF is unlikely to result in fertilization.
Our fertility specialists, led by Dr. Medina, will familiarize you with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) treatment. ICSI can also be used if the male partner has previously had a vasectomy.
With the use of advanced micromanipulation equipment, a single sperm is injected into each egg. This is a meticulous procedure performed by our skilled embryologists.