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Effective Infertility Treatments Available at RMAPA

Over the past 25 years there have been many important advances in reproductive medicine that are helping more couples than ever before to overcome infertility and have a baby. Depending on the infertility diagnosis, many couples are first treated with conservative options including hormone therapies to enhance fertility. In some cases, patients require more advanced procedures including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to achieve a pregnancy.

The medical team at RMAPA specializes in treatment involving all of the most recent and effective procedures in assisted reproductive technology (ART). With IVF, the most commonly used assisted reproductive technology, a woman’s eggs are combined with a man’s sperm to achieve fertilization in the laboratory. The embryo is then transferred into the woman’s uterus where it will hopefully implant to achieve a pregnancy. Since IVF was first introduced in the 1970s, more than three million babies have been born around the world using this procedure.

In addition to IVF, physicians at RMAPA have outstanding experience with the full range of fertility procedures that represent important options for our patients.

These include:

Ovulation induction – where commonly used fertility drugs are administered to stimulate a woman’s ovaries to produce eggs.

Intrauterine insemination – also known as “artificial insemination,” where sperm are processed then transferred directly into the woman’s uterus to improve the chances of fertilization.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – a method of inseminating an egg during IVF, where a single sperm is injected directly into the cytoplasm of the egg for fertilization.

Blastocyst transfer – a technique used during IVF in which embryos are allowed to develop for additional time in the laboratory before being transferred into the uterus.

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) – a procedure completed during an IVF cycle where an embryo is biopsied in an attempt to identify specific genetic characteristics that can affect the chances of having a healthy baby. PGD can be helpful for couples with certain genetic disorders, a history of multiple miscarriages, or previous treatment failures.

Egg donation – for women who are unable to achieve a pregnancy using their own eggs, we are able to create an embryo using eggs provided by an anonymous donor. The embryo can then be implanted into the woman or a gestational carrier to achieve a pregnancy.

Sperm donation – where sperm from a donor is used to fertilize a woman’s egg.

Treatment involving gestational carriers – where a woman is available to carry a pregnancy to term for a couple.

Laparoscopy – an outpatient surgical procedure where a fiber optic camera is placed via the umbilicus (navel) to provide a direct visualization of the peritoneal cavity, ovaries, outside of the tubes and uterus. The procedure can often identify adhesions (scar tissue) or endometriosis, conditions that may cause infertility.

RMAPA also offers patients an outstanding team including some of the most experienced embryologists and andrologists in reproductive medicine. Working in our own state-of-the-art laboratories, this team provides critical support that plays an essential role in patient care at RMAPA.

With all of the most advanced and effective treatments for infertility available right here, the RMAPA team is able to custom design the individual course of treatment that will give every couple their very best chance to have a safe and successful pregnancy and birth.
The Additional Support You Need is Available at RMAPA

Patients at RMAPA are often surprised to learn that our services include much more than just medical and surgical treatments. Because infertility can affect individuals and couples in other ways, RMAPA offers a full range of additional support services designed to make treatment easier and more comfortable.

Many patients at RMAPA find that infertility can cause feelings of sadness or anxiety that affect relationships with partners, family and friends. These feelings can affect your ability to work, manage family responsibilities and meet the challenges of treatment. At RMAPA, we understand. That’s why we have developed the RMAPA Complementary Alternative Medicine Program, led by a team of experts in psychology and holistic and alternative medicine therapy who specialize in working with individuals and couples before, during and after infertility treatment.

This program gives RMAPA patients easy access to special services including emotional counseling (individual, couple or group); massage therapy, acupuncture and much more. For information, please contact the RMAPA Complementary Alternative Medicine office at (973) 656-2087.