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Dr. Marynick is the Program Director and Primary Physician at the Texas Center for Reproductive Health. To learn more about infertility, and the specific treatment options that Dr. Marynick provides, please click here. The evaluation and treatment of infertility is a complex process. One procedure that has evolved over the last three decades that is beneficial to many couples experiencing infertility is the process of in vitro fertilization – embryo transfer (IVF/ET).

The IVF/ET Process involves removing mature eggs from the wife's ovaries and placing them in a culture liquid with the husband’s sperm to let the natural process of fertilization take place outside the womb. After fertilization, developing embryos are transferred to the wife's uterus in a few days.

Intracytoplasmic Sperm injection (ICSI) adds a new dimension to IVF/ET. This micromanipulation technique involves the careful injection of one sperm directly into one of the retrieved eggs. ICSI has enabled reproductive specialists to overcome common "male factors" such as low sperm count, reduced number of normal sperm and sperm with reduced motility. In ICSI the highest quality sperm available can be selected for injection into the egg.

Assisted Hatching with IVF This technique involves chemically or mechanically weakening the shell of an egg after the process of In Vitro Fertilization is complete. Weakening the egg shell makes it easier for the embryo to "hatch out" and implant successfully into the mother's womb. It is used most often in women 35 years and older, in cases where ICSI has been utilized to produce the pre-embryos and in cases where standard IVF has not resulted in pregnancy.

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