HART fertility clinic team

Season's Greetings: Year-End Update from HART Fertility in North Houston

We have recently analyzed our data for the past 5 years. We are proud to announce that our fertilization and blastocyst (day 5 embryo) formation rates have been consistently very high.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing Through Houston IVF

Preimplantation Genetic Testing Through Houston IVF

At HART Fertility Clinic in Kingwood and The Woodlands, we want all of our patients, whether they be young couples, older couples, LGBTQ+ couples, or single, to have a successful pregnancy so they can experience the special joy children bring. In order to achieve this, we offer Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) in an attempt to make fertility procedures more successful.

What is Preimplantation Genetic Testing?

Did you know that your embryos can be tested prior to being transferred into your (or your donor’s) uterus? This is done through In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which means eggs are fertilized by sperm outside of the body. When completing genetic testing we perform a simple biopsy, which can give us insight on embryo quality by showing any genetic abnormalities that may affect your chances of achieving a successful birth. Genetically healthy embryos are then transferred to the uterus.

Who Does HART Fertility in North Houston Recommend PGT to?

With her extensive research and experience in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Doctor Dorothy Roach, M.D., recommends PGT for couples that are undergoing North Houston IVF fertility treatment if one or both partners have a history of genetic disorders. She also recommends it if one or both partners possess an Aneuploidy, which refers to an abnormal chromosome count.

PGT may also prove beneficial if one or both parents is a carrier of a translocated chromosome. A translocated chromosome is one that has broken and incorrectly repaired itself during the cell growth process. Often this results in one part of the chromosome meshing with another part of a different chromosome. Mothers who are of advanced maternal age and/or has had a history of miscarriages may also benefit from PGT.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing May Help Improve Chances of Your Fertility Treatments Working

Our fertility specialists in North Houston recommend PGT because it can help us and the intended parents gain a better idea of which embryo will have the greatest success. If you would like to take part in genetic testing through IVF, please schedule an appointment with us in Kingwood or The Woodlands. We look forward to helping you also experience the joy and love of a child.

Could Freezing Your Eggs Be The Right Fertility Treatment For You?

Could Freezing Your Eggs Be The Right Fertility Treatment For You?

Egg freezing, otherwise known as Mature Oocyte Cryopreservation, is one of the more advanced modern fertility treatments we offer at our clinic. It was in its experimental phase until January 2013, but today it is a routine procedure we perform at HART Fertility Clinic in North Houston. 

Who Should Consider Freezing Their Eggs?

Doctor Ertug Kovanci, M.D., a top Houston infertility specialist, often recommends egg freezing to women who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy for different cancers, since these treatments can be toxic to their eggs. He has also recommended egg freezing to women suffering from autoimmune diseases, or to our transgender patients. Freezing your eggs is a fantastic way to help preserve your fertility for kids in the future and although both egg and embryo freezing are options we offer at our fertility clinic in The Woodlands and Kingwood, some of our patients may prefer egg freezing over embryo freezing for religious or ethical reasons.

How Does Egg Freezing Work

To freeze your eggs, we have to retrieve them first. We start the process by completing the same hormone-injection process you would go through if you were undergoing IVF treatment in order to stimulate the ovaries. Once the ovaries are stimulated and the eggs have matured, they are extracted through a minor and painless procedure known as a transvaginal ultrasound-guided needle aspiration.

Once the eggs are retrieved, they are immediately frozen. When in experimentation, ice crystals would typically form over the egg and destroy the cell, which was a direct result of the high water content. To avoid this, we must dehydrate the egg and use our rapid freezing technique, which protects the egg and keeps it safe for several years until you are ready to attempt a pregnancy.

When you are ready to try getting pregnant, we will thaw the eggs, carefully inject them with sperm to fertilize them, and then we’ll transfer them to the uterus as embryos.

HART Fertility Specialists in The Woodlands and Kingwood

If you are considering freezing your eggs to preserve your fertility and attempt a pregnancy in the future, then please don't hesitate to book an appointment with us. Our caring specialists will answer any questions you have and ensure we are there for you during the entire process.

Houston Fertility Treatment: IVF With Donor Eggs

Houston Fertility Treatment: IVF With Donor Eggs

When it comes to infertility treatments, IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) is a very good option which demonstrates high success rates. IVF is a procedure in which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside of the body in order to increase chances of pregnancy. If your own eggs are low in quality and/or quantity, Doctor Toral Parikh, M.D. recommends undergoing IVF treatment with donor eggs for a number of cases and reasons.

Who Is A Good Candidate For IVF With Donor Eggs?

IVF with the use of donor eggs is suitable for many different cases. It may be beneficial for women who have undergone cancer treatment and have had their ovaries damaged or removed, women who have already undergone our typical Houston IVF treatment but haven’t had much luck, or women who are experiencing age-related fertility challenges. Women who were born without their ovaries as a result of a congenital anomaly and gay male couples wishing to have a child can also benefit from donor eggs.

We recommend you first come in for an appointment in which our specialists ask about medical and sexual histories and conduct different tests to determine what kind of procedure is the best option for you, as we offer many different procedures for different circumstances.

A Basic Understanding of the Process of IVF With Donor Eggs

Once you and our specialists have agreed that this is the best treatment for you, we will help you find a donor, which takes a lot of time and can take a mental toll on the intended parents, but Doctor Parikh and the rest of the team will be there with you the entire time. After the donor is found, legal decisions must be made, and once the legal matters are sorted, the treatment cycle itself will begin when the egg donor and intended mother (if applicable) get their periods.

Your donor will take hormones to stimulate her egg production. Much like the typical IVF treatment, we will retrieve the eggs once they have matured and then the intended father will offer a semen sample to fertilize the egg.

IVF Treatment at HART Fertility Clinic in Houston

Infertility is a challenge, but our team at Hart Fertility is here to support you the entire way and offer you the best care possible. If you and your partner are considering IVF with donor eggs, please book an appointment with us so we can start building our relationship with you and help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.

IUI Procedure at Hart Fertility Clinic in North Houston

IUI Procedure at Hart Fertility Clinic in North Houston

IUI, which stands for Intrauterine Insemination, is one of the simpler procedures we offer at Hart Fertility Clinic in Kingwood and The Woodlands. It is ideal for women who are experiencing unexplained infertility and/or their partner experiences sperm abnormalities. IUI is meant as a boost and serves to increase how much sperm can travel, resulting in an improved chance of fertilization.

How Does An IUI Procedure Work?

Evaluation Prior to Infertility Treatment

First of all, if you are worried about how long it has taken you to get pregnant, you should first speak with a doctor and voice your concerns. Your doctor will ask you questions relating to yours and your partner's individual medical histories and sexual histories. After this, your doctor will administer specialized tests, such as a semen analysis and a fallopian tube evaluation to determine if infertility is something you and your partner should be concerned with and what your options are.

IUI is often the first form of treatment, especially if your infertility seems unexplained or if your partner's sperm motility is an obstacle.

Prior to Intrauterine Insemination 

Once your doctor has determined that IUI is a viable treatment option for you, you may be given ovulation-stimulating medication. Our North Houston fertility specialists will closely monitor you as you take these medications so we know when your eggs are mature. Within 24-36 hours of your eggs maturing, we will perform the procedure. 

If you suffer from endometriosis, you may also be given medications that encourage good quality eggs, in addition to the ovulation-stimulating medications. This will ensure you have a good egg for the procedure.

Performing an IUI Procedure

Your partner, or a donor if that is what you and your partner wish, will provide us with a semen sample, which will be taken to a lab and specially washed to separate the semen from its fluid. This also helps separate the lower quality sperm from the more motile sperm. We will then insert the semen directly into the uterus to ensure as many sperm cells as possible are placed in the uterus, which offers a boost and increases your possibility of conceiving. The process only takes a few minutes and is absolutely pain-free.

IUI Infertility Treatment at Our North Houston Fertility Clinic

Infertility is a challenge, but our team at Hart Fertility is here to support you the entire way and offer you the best care possible. If you and your partner are candidates for Intrauterine Insemination and would like to discuss it in more detail, please book an appointment with us.