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IVF in the Spotlight After Creator Wins Nobel Prize for Medicine

In Brief

  • In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a laboratory procedure in which sperm are placed with an unfertilized egg in a Petri dish to achieve fertilization.
  • Robert Edwards, the British scientist who developed in vitro fertilization, recently earned the Nobel Prize for Medicine.
  • IVF has been provided at Crozer-Chester Medical Center since 1992 by Albert El-Roeiy, M.D., and his team at the HAN Fertility Center. The Fertility Center has performed hundreds of these procedures. 

Robert Edwards, the British scientist who developed in vitro fertilization, recently earned the Nobel Prize for Medicine. This achievement has put new attention on a procedure that has resulted in more than three million births worldwide since 1978. 

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a laboratory procedure in which sperm are placed with an unfertilized egg in a Petri dish to achieve fertilization. The embryo is then transferred into the uterus to begin a pregnancy or frozen for future use. Today, about 1 percent of infants born in the United States are conceived through assisted reproductive technologies, and 99 percent of those use in vitro fertilization, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

IVF has been provided at Crozer-Chester Medical Center since 1992 by Albert El-Roeiy, M.D., and his team at the HAN Fertility Center. The Fertility Center has performed hundreds of these procedures.

“I was thrilled to see Robert Edwards receive such prestigious recognition for his decades of work. In vitro fertilization is an amazing procedure that has allowed many families with fertility problems to experience the joy of parenthood,” El-Roeiy says.

The Fertility Center provides comprehensive IVF services, from oocyte retrieval to embryo transfers. The Center also offers embryo freezing, also known as cyropreservation.

Crozer’s IVF laboratory underwent an extensive renovation in 2005, creating a state-of-the-art environment. The physical layout of the laboratory was reconfigured to provide space for new equipment that streamlined efforts in the lab. Every component in the lab, from the cabinetry to the air handler, was hand-selected by experts in IVF laboratory design to provide ultra-clean facilities.

In addition to IVF, the HAN Fertility Center also offers Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Used in conjunction with IVF, PGD permits genetic testing on the resulting embryos before they are transferred to the mother.

PGD may be recommended for patients if it is likely that their embryos will be affected by certain chromosomal/genetic conditions. These conditions can prevent implantation of embryos, lead to pregnancy loss, or result in the birth of a child with mental and/or physical disabilities. The procedure is ideal for patients that are of advanced maternal age, have a history of miscarriage, recurrent IVF failure, male favor infertility and known family genetic abnormalities or diseases. 

For patients considering IVF, the Fertility Center offers innovative “multi-cycle” package plans that make the process of achieving a healthy pregnancy more affordable – and, possibly, more successful.

IVF treatments are usually given in “cycles” that include a range of related diagnostic and laboratory services. If a couple does not achieve pregnancy after the first cycle, they have the option to elect for additional cycles. However, because the additional cycles are traditionally offered at the same cost as the first cycle, the escalating costs can often limit patients’ opportunities for additional treatments. 

Under the Center’s multi-cycle plans, patients can prepay for two or three IVF cycles. The packages bundle all of the related services together, helping the patient achieve substantial cost savings compared to if they were to pay for the services individually.

“Our patients have peace of mind from knowing that they will receive the highest quality of fertility care at the most affordable pricing when they commit to one of our multi-cycle packages. Patients are more relaxed from the onset with the knowledge that they have multiple chances to achieve a pregnancy and take home a baby,” El-Roeiy says. 

For more information about the HAN Fertility Center, visit www.hanivf.com or call (610) 447-2727. 

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