In our New Jersey Fertility Center, we have a reputation for offering some of the most innovative infertility treatments to patients from the US and around the world. It is through our meticulous investigation, commitment to patient choice, and cutting-edge techniques that we are able to do what we do so well.
The first step towards overcoming any problem in life is to understand the nature of the problem, and infertility is no exception. By performing a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of you and your spouse, we will be able to identify all the factors that are affecting your ability to conceive and prescribe appropriate infertility treatments. With many couples, there are multiple factors involved. Time and time again, our meticulous diagnostic approach has revealed factors that may have been missed by other doctors, such as subtle problems with sperm function or immunological problems affecting implantation. By first being good detectives, we give you a much higher chance of success.
We believe it is essential to keep you, the patient, fully informed throughout the process of infertility treatment. By keeping you updated, we let you stay in control of your treatment, decreasing the amount of uncertainty and stress you experience. From the initial one and a half hour consult with Dr. Miller to the diagnostic evaluation and infertility treatments, we always keep our lines of communication open.
Jane Miller, M.D. will personally discuss all test results with you and answer all of your questions, and T. Timothy Smith, Ph.D. will provide a detailed explanation of the semen evaluation results. While at other clinics the doctors are often inaccessible, we at North Hudson I.V.F. strive to provide unhindered access to the people who know you best. Dr. Miller and Dr. Smith will always answer your questions personally, and you may page Dr. Miller 24/7 if you have a medical question between visits. When the time comes for us to get together and develop a treatment plan, you and your spouse will understand the reasoning behind the infertility treatments we recommend.
Every couple is different and requires a personalized plan that incorporates successful treatment into their life with as little disruption as possible. At the end of the diagnostic phase, you and your spouse will meet with Dr. Miller and Dr. Smith to discuss the different infertility treatments available at our Bergen County, New Jersey clinic. Based on your diagnostic information and their extensive experience, Dr. Miller and Dr. Smith will present you various fertility treatments and discuss the pros and cons associated with each. Then, you and your spouse will be able to decide which option is right for you.
Basically, there are three ways to have a baby. The first way is, of course, the old-fashioned way—which, although admittedly more fun and less expensive, unfortunately doesn’t work for everyone. Couples who cannot conceive through intercourse can turn to the infertility treatments intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
IUI- Intrauterine insemination
Of the two infertility treatments above, the first we will recommend is intrauterine insemination (IUI). IUI is usually (but not always) performed in conjunction with ovarian stimulation, a method used to obtain more eggs during a woman’s menstrual cycle. With IUI, the strategy involves placing the sperm in the right place at the right time in the presence of more eggs (this means more “targets” for the sperm). The primary advantage of IUI is that it is lower in cost than in vitro fertilization; however, because we have no control over how many embryos may implant, it also increases the chances of twins and multiples births in younger patients. For older patients, the chance of pregnancy from IUI is higher than appropriately timed intercourse, but not as high as in vitro fertilization.
IVF- In vitro Fertilization
With in vitro fertilization (IVF), the sperm fertilizes the egg outside of the womb in the highly controlled environment of our infertility treatments lab in New Jersey. Although this may seem a little artificial, it’s actually the most efficient way to achieve fertilization. The resulting embryos are grown until they reach the blastocyst stage and are ready to implant. Then, the two embryos showing the best developmental potential are transferred to the uterus. Additional embryos showing good developmental potential may be frozen, stored and thawed at a later date. By transferring only two embryos, the chance of high order multiple births (triplets and higher) is virtually eliminated.
IVF is not for everybody, but for most couples, it is the most effective of the available infertility treatments. At our Bergen county practice, we respect every couple’s right to choose the treatment that is right for them. For this reason, we make the recommendations and let you make the final decision.
When necessary, advanced infertility treatments may be used to address specific problems, such as repeated miscarriage. Miscarriages caused by genetically abnormal embryos may be treated using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) during an IVF cycle. PGD can identify the embryos that have an abnormal number of chromosomes, which stop growing at an early stage of development and result in miscarriage. Although PGD cannot identify all genetic abnormalities, only those embryos exhibiting the normal number of chromosomes following PGD are transferred to the uterus, thus reducing the chance of miscarriage.
Other factors that can lead to miscarriage are autoimmune disorders and blood clots. With autoimmune disorders, the body’s defenses are a little bit over-zealous and prevent the developing embryo from successfully implanting. These disorders can be effectively treated through the use of immunosuppressants that act to reduce the immune response to the implanting embryo. Blood clots can usually be successfully treated with blood thinners.
We also have male infertility treatments available at our New Jersey clinic. These treatments are aimed specifically at sperm problems, such as low sperm concentration (oligospermia), poor sperm swimming ability (astenozoospermia) or misshapen sperm (teratozoospermia). These problems can be effectively treated through to use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to achieve fertilization.
Although you may not need these advanced infertility treatments, Dr. Miller and Dr. Smith want to be sure that you are aware of all the options available on your journey to conception.
At our infertility treatments center in New Jersey, we believe it’s not good enough to simply be the best. To stay the best, we are constantly subjecting our practice to critical evaluation and looking for ways to improve. We do not rely on a public relations department or a professional marketing firm to maintain our image as a successful program. We do not send attractive representatives, bearing coffee and donuts, to doctor’s offices to solicit their referrals. We are far too busy seeking ways to do our job better.
At North Hudson I.V.F., we have set the standard in the field of infertility treatments by developing and rapidly implementing advances in reproductive medicine and technology. Our success and reputation speaks for itself, as our many happy patients can attest.
Now that you know the secrets to our success, find out how we can help you by contacting our infertility treatments center. Serving Bergen County, New Jersey, and the New York City Metro area, we have helped hundreds of patients achieve their dream of starting a family.