Other Fertility Treatments
Embryo Vitrification (Freezing)
Embryo Vitrification, or embryo cryopreservation, involves freezing surplus embryos from an IVF or ICSI cycle to be used at a later date. Embryos can be stored safely for up to 5 years.
Vitrification is a cutting-edge technique that is responsible for increasing the success rates of frozen/thawed embryos to near those of fresh embryos. At Mexico Fertility Center, the process involves cryo-storing the embryos in liquid nitrogen with high concentrations of cryo-protectants. This helps alleviate the issue of ice crystal formation, which is common in traditional freezing.
Ovulation Induction (OI)
During Ovulation Induction, a specialist administers fertility drugs in a controlled manner to stimulate the ovaries. The goal of this process is to produce mature eggs.
Dr. Garza and his team use blood tests and ultrasounds to monitor your ovulation. Once a mature egg is produced, you will be instructed of when intercourse should occur to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
OI is typically used when a woman is not ovulating in a predictable manner or when irregular menstrual cycles are present. In many cases, couples that use OI treatment will conceive after only a few months.
Assisted Hatching involves the creation of an opening in the zona pellucida, or egg shell of the embryo, to promote a higher rate of implantation. Dr. Garza performs assisted hatching using a computerized laser to minimize the effects on the embryo.
This procedure may be beneficial for women over 35 years old, couples who have experienced previous IVF failures or in conjunction with embryo vitrification.
Blastocyst Transfer IVF
This innovative process allows embryos to grow in vitro for a longer period of time, providing a greater opportunity to select the most developed embryos for transfer. During Blastocyst Transfer IVF, Dr. Garza and his team employ cutting-edge technology to grow your embryos in vitro for up to 5 days. Since embryos are selected for transfer based on their development, fewer embryos can be transferred, allowing for increased rates of pregnancy and decreased rates of multiples.
Testicular Biopsy is used to collect sperm directly from the testes when the male partner is producing sperm that is not present in the semen. Depending on a patient’s circumstances, there are two procedures for extracting sperm.
The first technique is Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (PESA), in which a needle is inserted into the male’s tubes to collect sperm. If PESA is not an option due to blockages in the tubes, Dr. Garza may perform a biopsy. This procedure involves the removal of tissue from the testes, which is later processed for the collection of sperm.
Sperm extracted from the male partner through either of the aforementioned procedures is only suitable for use in an ICSI treatment.
PGS – Pre-implantation Genetic Screening
Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) is the process of performing a biopsy on embryos to identify which of the embryos is at risk for specific genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis. PGS can also screen embryos for an abnormal number of chromosomes, which can be an indication of other genetic disorders.
PGS may be considered if you have experienced multiple miscarriages or have a history of unsuccessful implantation. This procedure helps Dr. Garza determine which embryos do not have any indicators present for genetic disease, increasing your chances for successful implantation.
Please contact us for more information on any of these services.