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  1. Brown Fertility Announces First IVM Pregnancy

    JACKSONVILLE, FL (August 1, 2017) – Dr. Bruce Rose, a reproductive endocrinologist with Brown Fertility is pleased to announce their first IVM pregnancy.

    IVM is a ground breaking fertility treatment that is a more gentle approach to high tech reproduction than IVF, which in selected patients has almost as high a pregnancy rate as IVF. Most medications used with IVF are intended to enable the patient to develop multiple eggs that are mature. It is now possible to take eggs from a woman’s ovaries and mature them in the laboratory.

    This means it is not necessary to treat women with high doses of stimulating hormones for two weeks before retrieving eggs. Technically, eggs can be retrieved at any time. These eggs can be matured in the laboratory (IVM), where they are then capable of being fertilized and embryos can be created using the normal IVF tools.

    “Traditionally, physicians treat medical problems by using the least invasive, lowest side effect treatment first and then moving on to more aggressive treatments if they are needed.  This is the way we should view the relationship between IVM and IVF.  Patients at high risk for significant side effects with IVF could use the simpler, safer IVM approach; and if that fails them, then turn to IVF”, stated Dr. Bruce Rose.

    Dr. Bruce Rose has one of the larger experiences with IVM in the United States, having performed more than 200 IVM cycles and published a half dozen papers on related topics. He has recently joined Brown Fertility to bring this new technique to the Jacksonville area.

    About Brown Fertility: With more than 30 years of combined experience and the management of more than 7,000 IVF cycles, Dr. Samuel E. Brown, Dr. Rafael A. Cabrera and Dr. Bruce Rose are dedicated to Conceiving Miracles™. Brown Fertility offers a fully comprehensive array of fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization, egg donation and artificial insemination and is home to Florida’s most state-of-the-art IVF center, which produces some of the highest pregnancy rates in the country. Brown Fertility has earned a reputation for not only producing excellent outcomes and offering affordable treatment options, but also for providing patients with the one-on-one attention and the compassionate care they deserve. Visit www.BrownFertility.com for more information.

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  2. Hope and Life Through Egg and Embryo Donation

    Women with diminished ovarian reserve, poor egg quality, advanced maternal age, genetic concerns or premature ovarian failure are encouraged to explore the options of our egg and embryo donation programs when trying to conceive.

    Egg Donation Program at Brown Fertility

    Egg donation, also known as ovum or oocyte donation, is a fertility treatment option for women whose eggs are unable to achieve a successful pregnancy due to advanced reproductive age, genetic abnormalities, previous surgeries and/or other conditions. Brown Fertility’s respected and experienced Egg Donation Team is known for its focus and success in matching the highest quality donors with recipients, while providing compassionate care throughout the matching and treatment process. Thanks to our team, hundreds of individuals and couples have built their families using donor eggs.

    The donors we recruit are healthy women between the ages of 18 and 34 with no known genetic or sexually transmitted diseases. By having an onsite donor program, recipients can avoid the costs associated with using a donor agency.  The process begins with potential donors submitting applications to our practice. The applicants are then contacted to complete an initial FDA screening, and if eligible, they will complete an extensive questionnaire, detailing individual family history, physical characteristics, and general interests.   Potential donors are then interviewed in person by our Third Party Nurse and one of our Reproductive Endocrinologists.  Those deemed eligible to donate are then screened to ensure a clean bill of health and are required to complete a psychological evaluation confirming they fully understand the donation process.  The potential donors are then entered into our password protected website and will be contacted to begin a cycle upon being chosen by the intended recipient.  We are proud to offer our recipients one of the largest selections of donors in the state of Florida from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.

    Recipients select a donor with our Egg Donation Team and once matched, both the recipient and donor will begin their medication and treatment plan as prescribed by our physicians. The eggs retrieved from the donor will then be fertilized with the recipient partner’s sperm (or donor sperm) via in-vitro fertilization, using a technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The fertilized eggs (embryos) are then monitored and transferred to the recipient. Remaining quality embryos are cryopreserved and placed in storage.

    While egg quality deteriorates with age, a woman’s uterus and her ability to carry and deliver a child remains relatively constant. Therefore, egg donation offers a substantially higher chance for the delivery of a healthy baby, even in women of advanced maternal age. Brown Fertility offers some of the highest success rates for donor cycles in the country.

    Embryo Donation Program at Brown Fertility

    Another option available to patients who require the use of donor egg and/or donor sperm is our Embryo Donation Program.  We invite these patients to explore our program as it is an opportunity for them to achieve the dream of conceiving a miracle at a significantly lower cost in comparison to the egg donation program.  The program consists of donated embryos from our previous patients who have gone through IVF and have completed their family, but have cryopreserved embryos that they have chosen to donate.  These embryos have been previously screened when the donating couple went through the IVF process.  Intended recipients are provided with demographic information from the donating couple including age, ethnicity, height, weight, hair and eye color, medical and family history.  As with our egg donation program, embryo donation is completely anonymous.  The donating couple will not be given the identity of the recipient couple and vice versa.  In addition, the recipient is required to complete a psychological evaluation just as is required for our egg donation program.  Once matched, the recipient will begin to prepare her body for the embryo transfer.

    We Are Here to Help

    Choosing to participate in Brown Fertility’s egg donation or embryo donation is a big decision, both emotionally and financially.  While these options may not be for everyone, they do provide much needed hope and opportunity to couples who otherwise are not able to conceive a child.  We encourage couples to schedule a consultation to discuss with one of our dedicated and knowledgeable team members.

  3. Vasectomy Reversal vs. IVF with ICSI

    There are two options available to couples who find they want to conceive using their partner’s sperm after the male has undergone a vasectomy: TESE/PESA (Vasectomy Reversal) and In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). Several variables should be considered as a couple decides whether vasectomy reversal or IVF with ICSI is their best treatment option. These include the amount of time passed since the vasectomy and the reproductive age of the female partner,

    Vasectomy Reversal

    A vasectomy reversal is performed by rejoining the ends of the vas deferens through a procedure called Vasovasostomy or by connecting the vas deferens to the epididymis via the procedure Vasoepididymostomy. Vasectomy reversals are most successful if completed within the first 7 years of having the vasectomy. After 5-7 years, vasectomy reversal success rates plummet due to various factors that include sperm antibody formation, tagging sperm that interfere with natural fertilization of egg and impair motility of sperm. Other factors that can also contribute to infertility include: epididymal dysfunction or blocking of the vas deferens due to scar tissue. Moreover, a successful vasectomy reversal does not ensure a couple will have a successful pregnancy. The female partner should check her fertility with a Reproductive Endocrinologist before the male partner proceeds with a vasectomy reversal (i.e. HSG, AMH).

    Needle Aspiration of Sperm

    With epididymal/testicle sperm aspiration (ie: PESA/TESE) the cost is 1/5 less than a typical vasectomy reversal, contraception remains intact, and can be combined with the IVF process with noted less pain. Then, directly injecting the sperm into the egg with IVF/ICSI eliminates the need for sperm binding allowing the couple to conceive even when there is a low sperm count, poor motility or physical blockage. Furthermore, IVF with ICSI is ideal when considering the reproductive health of both partners.

    Advantages to IVF with ICSI:

    • IVF with ICSI offers a shorter wait time before a couple can try to conceive. A couple may try immediately with IVF once the sperm extraction has been performed. This is much faster than a vasectomy reversal, IVF with ICSI will address many female infertility issues the couple may have
    • IVF with ICSI is a better option for women who have a limited window of time due to advanced reproductive age
    • IVF with ICSI leaves the contraception intact for couples who only want one childIn summary, there are always choices, but it’s important to discuss all these points, along with the couples’ medical history, with a Reproductive Endocrinologist. At Brown Fertility, we can assess both partners and give advice on which option will give the best chance of a successful pregnancy.

    Contact online or call our caring staff at Brown Fertility as you consider all the variables of whether a vasectomy reversal or IVF with ICSI is your best treatment option.

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