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The EmbryLife Center offers a whole range of services for diagnostics and treatment of both female and male infertility. Our specialists use American IVF technology: we work according to guidelines that have shown proven results in thousands of US patients. This technology has implicit excellent laboratory equipment capabilities, in strict compliance with ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) and ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) requirements.

EmbryLife is the only clinic in Russia that has been accredited by the American Association of Embryologists.

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IVF - In vitro fertilization


When choosing a method for infertility treatment, the physicians at our clinic assume that currently the most efficient one is in vitro fertilization. IVF is the peak of assisted reproductive technology development. In this method, the probability of getting pregnant is almost twice as high as following normal sexual activity.

IVF - In vitro fertilization

IVF method essence

The IVF method is essentially fertilization (syngamy of ovum and spermatozoon) outside the human body with subsequent embryonal transfer into the uterine cavity to impregnate the woman, without eliminating the couple’s infertility causes.

Why we have a high IVF success rate

IVF - In vitro fertilization

The EmbryLife Family Planning Center uses as a basis the technology developed by Dr. D. Dozortsev, head of the most successful reproductive medicine clinic, Advanced Fertility Center of Texas, USA; his work praised highly by Professor R. Edwards, Nobel laureate for his in vitro fertilization discovery. Due to high-precision technologies, our own laboratory, the closed process chain and American technology, our clinic has high pregnancy rates. The EmbryLife IVF Center uses protocols that have proven effective in thousands of US patients. The clinic is equipped in strict compliance with the requirements of ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) and ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology). We also pay attention to the psychological comfort of the couple and individual support. The possibility of communicating directly with our specialists at any time gives a feeling of calm, which positively influences the woman’s condition. Nothing is of little importance in IVF. We have provided for everything.

Indications for IVF:

  • all types of male and female infertility that are more likely to be overcome by in vitro fertilization as compared to other methods;
  • minimization of the probability of bearing a child with genetic diseases.

IVF stages:

  • Superovulation stimulation (hormone therapy)

To obtain a sufficient number of mature ova with maximum comfort for the woman and her health, hormone therapy is selected by a physician on an individual basis. Superovulation stimulation involves hormonal and U/S monitoring, making it possible to choose the optimum day for taking ova that are ready for fertilization. 

  • Paracentesis (taking ova from the ovaries).

The procedure is performed in a gynecological chair and controlled by U/S. The procedure is short and conducted under anesthesia, so it is nothing to be afraid of. Most likely, at this time our husband will provide sperm that will then be prepared in an appropriate manner. After the paracentesis, the physician will prescribe drugs for luteal phase support (for uterine preparation for embryonal implantation). Right in the laboratory, a specialist will select healthy ova and spermatozoa that are ready for fertilization. 

  • Fertilization, ICSI, cultivation.

The withdrawn spermatozoa and ova are placed in a special incubator. The incubator reproduces the natural human body conditions of fertilization, i.e., maintains certain temperature, gas conditions and humidity. Whenever indicated, ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) may be used during the fertilization

  • Selection of high-quality embryos, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of human embryos is the newest and most rapidly developing area of prenatal diagnostics, making it possible to prevent having a child with hereditary diseases. PGD is conducted to determine the sex of a child (in the IVF + ICSI program) in order to exclude the transmission of sex-linked diseases (e.g., hemophilia).

  • Transfer of embryos.

The embryos are transferred into the uterine cavity 3-4 days after taking the ova. The procedure is painless, does not require anesthesia or hospitalization. Up to 3 embryos are usually transplanted, and the remaining embryos may be preserved for further IVF attempts by means of cryo-preservation (freezing).

  • Pregnancy testing.

About 14 days after the embryos’ transfer into the uterine cavity, a blood test for HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is conducted: hormone detection will confirm pregnancy.

  • U/S control.

2 weeks after blood testing for HCG, an ultrasound study is conducted to confirm uterine pregnancy. 

Thus, IVF is a complex, multi-stage process that involves prescription of various drugs and repeated assessment of a woman’s condition throughout the cycle in which in vitro fertilization is attempted.

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