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Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

In addition to medication and surgical infertility treatments, Abington Reproductive Medicine offers an array of advanced procedures called Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a very successful treatment option for women with blocked, damaged or missing fallopian tubes, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine fibroids, unexplained infertility, and recurrent implantation failures. IVF is also indicated for male factor infertility and for certain inherited or inheritable genetic conditions.

Other ART procedures offered at Abington Reproductive Medicine include:

  • Transvaginal Ovum Retrieval: The physician inserts a small needle through the back of the vagina, which is guided via ultrasound into the ovarian follicles to collect the fluid containing the eggs.
  • Assisted Hatching: It is performed shortly before the embryo is transferred to the uterus. A small opening is made in the outer layer surrounding the egg to help the embryo hatch out and aid in the implantation process of the growing embryo.
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI): ICSI is beneficial for male factor infertility cases where sperm counts are very low or failed fertilization occurred with previous IVF attempt(s). The ICSI procedure involves a single sperm carefully injected into the center of an egg using a microneedle.
  • Gamete Intrafallopian Tubal Transfer (GIFT): A mixture of sperm and eggs is placed directly into a woman’s fallopian tubes using laparoscopy following a transvaginal ovum retrieval.
  • ZIFT– Embryos are transferred to a women's fallopian where they will travel for implantation in the uterus.
  • Autologous Endometrial Coculture: This is a possible treatment for patients who have failed previous IVF attempts or who have poor embryo quality. The patient’s fertilized eggs are placed on top of a layer of cells from the patient’s own uterine lining, creating a more natural environment for embryo development. Currently, Abington Reproductive Medicine is one of only a handful of centers in the world to offer this leading-edge procedure.
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD): PGD involves the use of Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) DNA amplification to help identify genetically abnormal embryos and improve healthy outcomes.
  • Egg Donor Program: Egg donation is an option for women with no eggs due to surgery, chemotherapy, or genetic causes or with poor egg quality, previously unsuccessful IVF cycles or advanced maternal age. In the egg donor process, eggs are retrieved from a donor’s ovaries, fertilized in the laboratory with the sperm from the recipient’s partner or donor, and the resulting healthy embryos are returned to the recipient’s uterus.
  • Therapeutic Donor Insemination: Donor sperm can be used by heterosexual couples, single woman and lesbians when insemination is the best treatment.
  • Gestational Carrier and Surrogacy: Gestational surrogacy may be used when female patient’s medical condition prevents safe pregnancy or when a patient has ovaries but no uterus due to congenital absence or previous surgical removal. Also gay men will need to use surrogate mothers.
  • Surgical Sperm Retrieval (SSR): The reproductive urologist may obtain sperm from the vas deferens, epididymis or directly from the testis in a short outpatient procedure.

We are able to accommodate patients of different faiths and religious beliefs with variations of these procedures.