In-Vitro Fertilization Specialist

California Dream Fertility Center

Fangyin Meng, MD, Ph.D

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility located in Irvine, CA

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most effective method of assisted reproduction. Fertility specialist Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD, offers comprehensive in-vitro fertilization services to help you overcome infertility or prevent certain genetic issues in your child. Dr. Meng tailors your IVF plan to your unique needs to improve your chances of having a successful, healthy pregnancy. Call the office of Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD, in Newport Beach, California, today to learn more about your options for in-vitro fertilization or book a consultation online.

In-Vitro Fertilization Q&A

What is in-vitro fertilization?

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is an effective and powerful treatment choice for infertility. In general, IVF involves combining eggs and sperm in a medical lab to create embryos that Dr. Meng transfers into your uterus.

Dr. Meng oversees each of the IVF procedures, including:

  • Ovarian stimulation
  • Retrieval of eggs
  • Embryo culture
  • Embryo transfer

How do I prepare for in-vitro fertilization?

In-vitro fertilization involves several steps to increase your chances of a successful pregnancy. Those initial steps include:

Controlled ovarian stimulation

Ovarian stimulation takes about two weeks. You might need an injectable medication containing follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), or a combination of both to help your eggs grow. You will also receive gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist. This drug prevents eggs from releasing too early.

Throughout these two weeks, Dr. Meng does several ultrasounds and blood tests to evaluate your IVF needs.

Conventional ovarian stimulation IVF

Conventional ovarian stimulation IVF protocol starts with a moderate amount of injectable medications that Dr. Meng later adjusts based on your treatment response. The goal is to retrieve the most suitable number of eggs to have the highest IVF success rate.

Mini stim IVF

During mini stim IVF, you receive a small amount of injectable medication and oral medications to stimulate your ovaries. This treatment benefits women who have a low reserve of eggs in their ovaries.

Egg retrieval

To retrieve your eggs, Dr. Meng uses a transvaginal ultrasound-guided aspiration that involves inserting an ultrasound probe into your vagina to identify follicles. She uses a thin needle to retrieve the eggs.

The procedure takes about 20 minutes and takes place in an operating room under a general anesthetic to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

Semen collection

Dr. Meng collects your partner’s sperm on the same day as your egg retrieval. She washes the sperm to ensure that she collects the most viable, healthy sperm possible.

If the sperm you’re using is frozen, the thawing process starts at this stage.

What happens during the fertilization phase of in-vitro fertilization?

The fertilization process combines the sperm and eggs in a medical lab. Dr. Meng uses one of two methods to create the embryo:

Conventional insemination

In conventional insemination, Dr. Meng mixes the washed sperms and mature eggs and incubates them overnight.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

During ICSI, Dr. Meng injects a single, normal-looking sperm directly into each mature egg. This treatment is useful when semen quality or number is not ideal or if you need an embryo biopsy afterward.

Two to five days after egg retrieval, Dr. Meng will transfer the embryos into your uterus using a thin catheter that travels through your vagina. An attached syringe holds one or more embryos for implantation.

In a successful IVF, the embryo implants into the lining of your uterus 6-10 days after egg retrieval. You’ll take a pregnancy test soon after to confirm a pregnancy.

Call the office of Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD, today to find out if in-vitro fertilization is right for you. You can also book a consultation online.