For couples who are having trouble conceiving a child, medical procedures known as assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are helping them realize their dreams of becoming new parents. With the use of ART procedures, many couples can significantly improve their likelihood of achieving pregnancy.
Using state-of-the-art treatment for infertility Shady Grove Fertility Center at The University of Maryland. University gives couples the best possible chance for having a baby. The Center is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
Each couple gets to know the team of professionals who will support them during the process. During the initial consultation patients meet with Dr McClamrock for a comprehensive evaluation of each patient’s history and medical records. It may last up to an hour. During this visit, you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered and to participate in developing a plan for further evaluation and/or treatment. We strongly encourage both partners to be present for this meeting. Immediately following the consultation with Dr McClamrock patients meet with Sonya Leasure, RN who explains the procedures and provides specific education for the necessary treatment processes. The staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies or for any problems that may arise.
When you successfully conceive, Dr Howard McClamrock works with your obstetrician/gynecologist to ensure seamless quality of care. ART procedures offered at the center include:
In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Program: IVF is offered to women who cannot conceive due to unexplained reasons, tubal disease, endometriosis, male infertility, diminished ovarian reserve, ovulatory disfunction or other appropriate indications. IVF involves collecting eggs and sperm from a couple and allowing fertilization to occur in the laboratory, or in vitro. Several days later embryos are selected for placement into the woman's uterus.
Donor Egg and Sperm Programs: The Center also offers artificial insemination with donor sperm and sponsors a Donor Egg Program with a stringent screening process for donors. Oocyte donation involves using the eggs of a donor, fertilizing them with the sperm of the patient's male partner and transferring the embryos to the uterus of the patient.
Micromanipulation Procedures: Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a procedure that uses microscopic instruments to inject a single sperm into the egg to enhance the chances of fertilization. This procedure may provide men who produce very low amounts of sperm or poor quality sperm a chance to establish a pregnancy. Assisted hatching is a form of embryo micromanipulation that involves creating an opening in the outer covering of the embryo. The procedure may help a normal, growing embryo emerge from the covering and implant in the uterus, hopefully leading to pregnancy.
Fertility Preservation: “Egg Freezing” is available for two different patient situations. Fertility Preservation offers hope to patients with a recent Cancer diagnosis by allowing them to preserve their fertility and Eggs so that post treatment they will be able to conceive with their biological eggs. Another group of patients what could potentially benefit from Fertility Preservation is women between 32 and 38 that may want to put their child bearing years on hold. Freezing eggs stops the aging process of the eggs for use later in a patient’s reproductive years.
Other Therapies: The Center also treats patients who do not require In-Vitro fertilization or ICSI with various other procedures, such as ovulation induction with intrauterine insemination to help improve the chances of pregnancy.
This page was last updated on: November 21, 2012.
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