Embryology

From Egg Retrieval to Pregnancy

Ovation Fertility Austin’s leading-edge female fertility therapies in our embryology lab

New life begins with Ovation Fertility Austin’s embryology services that both restore and preserve fertility for women from Austin, San Antonio, and throughout the Southwestern United States. Our skilled embryologists and state of the art laboratories maintain the highest standards to produce optimal results.

Laser Assisted Hatching

Age, endometriosis or other factors can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. Our assisted hatching technique employs a laser to thin the egg’s outer shell or zona pellucida, thus increasing the chances for hatching and successful implantation.

Egg Freezing with Vitrification

Advanced technology allows women to safeguard or extend their fertility through the cryopreservation of oocytes. The two most common reasons women choose oocyte or egg cryopreservation are the desire to delay childbirth, and fertility preservation for patients undergoing treatment for cancer or other chronic diseases. Preserving eggs at an optimal age and/or prior to undergoing radiation or chemotherapy essentially “banks” a woman’s fertility until she is ready to have children.

Embryo Storage and Frozen Embryo Transfer

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Cryopreservation of embryos affords couples the option to pursue additional IVF cycles without repeating the expense of ovulation induction and egg retrieval. Studies show that cumulative pregnancy success rates increase through a combination of fresh and frozen IVF cycles, so frozen embryo transfers – FET significantly expand a couple’s options.

From egg retrieval through post IVF cryopreservation, Ovation Fertility Austin dedicates itself to nurturing new life.

To optimally care for an embryo as it develops, Ovation Fertility Austin creates a laboratory environment that simulates the biochemical conditions found within a woman’s own body. Embryo culture with special growth media provides a nurturing environment and a systematic approach to enhancing fertilization an leads to greater IVF success rates.

Male Infertility Options

If the treating physician suspects severe male infertility, Ovation Fertility Austin’s embryologists can intervene with intracytoplasmic sperm Injection or ICSI. With ICSI, we inject sperm directly into the egg, greatly increasing the likelihood of successful fertilization.

Genetic Screening and PGD/PGS

Also known as embryo screening, preimplantation genetic screening or PGS identifies embryos at risk for genetic conditions, chromosomal abnormalities – aneuploidy or single gene defects. PGS can also offer couples with unexplained miscarriages improved IVF success rates.