Why choose Houston Fertility Institute
Houston Fertility Institute provides a full range of diagnostic testing and infertility treatment options. The doctors at Houston Fertility Institute are experts in all areas of infertility treatment and deliver professional expertise combined with the latest developments in technology.
The center has 12 convenient office locations where the following directors and department heads lead their respective teams:
- Gus Haddad- Medical Director
- Mazen Abdallah- Medical Director
- Daniel B. Williams- Medical Director
- Jason Griffith- Practice Director
- Craig A Witz- Director of Clinical Research
- Josh Skorupski- Director of Genetics and Oncofertility
- Jonathan Kim- Director of Medical Education
- S. Kemi Nurudeen- Director of Fertility Preservation
- Ryan Stewart- Director of Third Part Reproduction
- Jason Yeh- Director of Patient Education
- Sandra Bello- Chief of Reproductive Surgery
- Weu-Hua Wang- IVF Laboratory Director
Services and Procedures
Basic Treatment Options
At HFI, the team of specialists believes in tailoring treatment for every patient. This means that individuals receive treatment based on their unique circumstances with some requiring basic treatment and others opting for more advanced techniques. Some basic treatments offered at the centre include:
- Ovulation inductionis one of the most basic infertility treatments available. It involves using fertility medication to induce ovulation and can help the patient get pregnant.
- Ovulation induction with IUI. Ovulation induction is also paired with intrauterine insemination to help patients conceive successfully. Along with using medication to promote ovulation, the treatment places a sperm specimen into the uterus to increase the chance of a pregnancy. IUI is a common treatment method for couples where the male partner has sperm motility issues.
Advanced Treatment Options
Occasionally, more specialized fertility treatment solutions are needed to help individuals or couples conceive. Advanced treatments offered at HFI include:
- IVF is the most common fertility treatment practiced. It involves retrieving eggs from the female partner, fertilizing them outside the body, and then transferring the resulting embryo back into the uterus. At HFI, IVF procedures can be done with either fresh eggs or frozen embryos.
- ICSI or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection. This is another IVF procedure where the egg is fertilized by injecting a sperm into its center. The procedure is done in the lab by an embryologist who uses a micro needle to administer the injection. Patients with male factor infertility, unexplained infertility and previously failed IVF cycles can benefit.
- Frozen Embryo Transfer or FET is an advanced fertility procedure that uses frozen embryos to start a pregnancy. The procedure involves thawing frozen embryos and placing them in the uterus. Babies born from the FET procedure are just as healthy as those conceived spontaneously.
Third Party Reproduction Services
HFI also caters third party reproduction services where individuals or couples may need assistance from third parties to make conception possible or to carry a pregnancy. What this means is that sometimes patients need to rely on donor services or gestational surrogates to help them achieve parenthood. Third party reproduction services at HFI include:
- Donor Sperm
In some cases, patients need donor sperm to move ahead with parenthood. This option is most commonly used where the male partner has severely impaired sperm production. It is also a solution in cases where there is no male partner such as single women or those in a same sex female relationship.
- Donor Egg
This option is for women who are no longer able to produce viable eggs either due to age or health reasons. Donor eggs are also used in cases where there is no female partner.
- Gestational Carriers
This is a treatment where embryos created via IVF are transferred into the uterus of a woman not related to the pregnancy. Women who have had their uterus removed or those with medical conditions opt for this method. Likewise, gay men and couples also need the help of a gestational carrier to have a baby that is biologically linked to one of the partners.
Patients who wish to delay pregnancy for lifestyle reasons, to pursue career opportunities or any other issues can opt for cryopreservation. HFI offers a range of fertility preservation services that include the following:
- Egg freezing is done to preserve unfertilized eggs for future use. Once a patient is ready to get pregnant, the cryopreserved eggs are thawed, fertilized and transferred to the uterus as embryos.
- Sperm freezing is administered to preserve sperm specimen for later use. This option is recommended for men who may want to become parents sometime in the future.
- Embryo freezing allows healthy, fertilized embryos to be preserved until future use. When they are thawed at a later date, these embryos are placed in the uterus to start the pregnancy. Embryo freezing allows individuals and couples to preserve their embryos without affecting the possibility of future conception.
Fertility Treatment Options for Same Sex Couples
Houston Fertility Institute offers various services to the LGBT community. The center offers many treatment options for same sex couples, based on their needs.
The initial step is to have a consultation with one of the center's physicians to evaluate medical history and to see if there are any testing requirements.
Treatment for same sex couples can range from IUI and IVF, to donor sperm or egg. Other services like gestational carriers or any other support is also provided by the HFI staff.
HFI works with many major insurance companies. Patients need to know what coverage they are eligible for regarding their insurance policy.
HFI Financial Assurance Plan
This plan shares financial risks with the patients. If the patient does not get pregnant during the first fresh IVF cycle and embryo transfer, with no fresh embryos remaining, all subsequent fresh IVF cycles are free of HFI physician fees.
Only patients who do not have insurance coverage are eligible for this plan.
Grants Offering Financial Assistance for IVF
HFI can present grants to eligible patients from Sparks Of Life Inc. The HFI team also works with a number of charities to make sure that patients have the opportunity to receive the financial assistance they need.
Patients are encouraged to get in touch with following fertility financiers:
- Prosper Healthcare Lending
Houston Fertility Institute Services and Profile
- Donor egg services (Yes)
- Donor embryo services (Yes)
- ART for single women (Yes)
- Gestational carrier services (Yes)
- Embryo cryopreservation services (Yes)
- SART member (Yes)
- Verified lab accreditation (Yes)
Houston Fertility Institute IVF Success Rates
Fresh Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates
According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Houston Fertility Institute in HOUSTON, TX performed 885 fresh nondonor eggs IVF cycles in 2015. Below is the number of IVF cycles and babies born by the patient's age.
|Number of cycles||474||162||139||63||38||9|
|Live births (%)||49.7||36.9||22.2||14.3||0 / 9||0 / 3|
Frozen Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates
According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Houston Fertility Institute in HOUSTON, TX performed 1463 frozen nondonor eggs IVF cycles in 2015. Below is the number of IVF cycles and babies born by the patient's age.
|Number of cycles||832||294||226||82||28||1|
|Live births (%)||50.6||44.9||39.2||32.5||40.0||0 / 1|
Donor Eggs IVF Success Rates
In 2015,according to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Houston Fertility Institute in HOUSTON, TX performed 50 IVF cycles with fresh embryos from donor eggs and 184 IVF cycles with frozen embryos from donor eggs.
|Donor Eggs||Number of cycles||Live births (%)|