Utah Fertility Center is passionate about helping families grow. Internationally recognized physicians and top IVF birth rates attract patients from all over the world. With one of the largest and most diverse egg donor databases (over 250 prescreened & qualified donors) and our cutting-edge, innovative laboratory, it is easy to see why patients choose Utah Fertility Center. Our attentive international care coordinators are ready to walk you through every step of your journey.  Utah Fertility Center has helped thousands of patients achieve their parenthood dreams. We can recommend Gestational Carrier Agencies, Psychological services and legal services to help you through your journey.Utah is one of the nation’s greatest states with five incredible national parks, top-rated ski resorts, and natural wonders you will not find anywhere else in the world. Enjoy theater, shopping, museums, fine dining, and more.

 

Utah Fertility Center International Services

  • In Vitro Fertilization
  • Frozen Embryo Transfer
  • Egg Donation
  • Gestational Carriers
  • LGBTQ Family Building
  • Genetic Testing

In Vitro Fertilization
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the process where the female patient is stimulated with medication to make several eggs grow within the ovary. The eggs are then collected through the vagina using a sonogram-guided needle under sedation. Sperm is then added to the eggs to allow fertilization to take place. Fertilized eggs are then placed back in the uterus a few days later or through a frozen embryo transfer at a later convenient date.

Frozen Embryo Transfer
Couples that have excess embryos or planning PGT-A (chromosome testing on the embryos) after an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle will have cryopreserved embryos for future use.  Embryo cryopreservation has become a routine practice within advanced reproductive technology (ART) clinics.

During a frozen embryo transfer cycle, the uterus is prepared with both estrogen and progesterone hormones to make the uterus receptive. This hormonal preparation typically takes 3-4 weeks of time. During this 3 to 4 week period, both hormone levels and the uterine lining are monitored to ensure optimal uterine receptivity. Cryopreserved embryos are then thawed and transferred back into the uterus. Approximately 95% of embryos typically will survive the freeze-thaw process. Pregnancy testing occurs 10 days after the embryo transfer.

Egg Donation
Utah Fertility Center has an outstanding ovum donor program. We have over 250 donors on our in-house donor database.  Because we have our own in-house ovum donor list, there is not an ovum donor agency cost if you choose one of the donors on our list. Additionally, you have the option to have a known ovum donor, such as a sister or a friend.  Many of our in-house donors will also consider an open donation situation as well.  Our ovum donor coordinator can assist you in choosing the most suitable ovum donor for you.  If you prefer an ovum donor from an agency, we are happy to facilitate that process as well.

Success rates are very high with an ovum donation cycle, often achieving 75% pregnancy rate and 65% take-home baby rate.  Most commonly, there are remaining embryos that can be cryopreserved and  transferred during a subsequent frozen embryo transfer cycle.

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Utah Fertility Center’s global services are led by Russell A. Foulk, MD. For over 25 years, Dr. Foulk has been committed to helping families find success through IUI, IVF, egg donation, and surrogacy.

Events
Coming soon: more international webinars in family-building with surrogacy and egg donation.
 
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During the ovum donation cycle, the egg donor takes fertility medication to cause superovulation. Typically, egg donation will produce 15-40 eggs. With standard IVF techniques, the eggs are retrieved and fertilized with the sperm. We will synchronize your uterine receptivity to the egg donor’s cycle, or schedule a frozen embryo transfer cycle for you or your gestational carrier.

Gestational Carrier
A gestational carrier (GC) is a woman who volunteers to carry a pregnancy for someone who cannot otherwise carry a pregnancy

A gestational carrier (GC) is not a traditional “surrogate”, as a surrogate is someone who donates her egg and then subsequently carries the child.  In the case of a gestational carrier, the woman carrying the pregnancy is in no way biologically or genetically related to the child she is carrying – she is merely providing a nurturing environment in the form of a uterus for the child to grow for the gestational period of 40 weeks. The eggs and sperm are derived from the “intended parents” (or egg donor and/or sperm donor), through the process of In Vitro Fertilization, fertilized in the lab, and then the embryo (or embryos) are placed into the uterus of the gestational carrier.

Internationally, Utah Fertility Center works with intended parents from all over the globe.  We also work with many gestational carrier agencies in the United States and Canada.  A gestational carrier can live anywhere in the United States or Canada and have the embryo transfer completed at Utah Fertility Center.

LGBTQ Family Building
Parenthood is a unique journey for everyone, and we aim to help make the journey seamless and comfortable. Our reproductive specialists and staff members are here to help you with your needs whether it be donor sperm, donor eggs or a gestational carrier (surrogate). Intrauterine inseminations or in vitro fertilization may be needed for LGBTQ family building, and we are pleased to help all couples or individuals conceive.

Fertility Treatment for Lesbian Couples
Intrauterine inseminations (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) using donor sperm are typical treatments for lesbian couples wishing to conceive. We can discuss your options during a and review both your and your partner’s medical history when determining which treatment option might be best for you. We can help you decide whose eggs to use and who will carry the baby.

Treatment for Gay Couples
In vitro fertilization (IVF) and third-party reproduction are treatments used for gay couples, which involve egg donation and gestational surrogacy. Your physician will discuss the necessary steps during a fertility consultation. Sperm that is to be used in the treatments must undergo semen analysis and FDA testing. Egg donors can be family members or friends, or they can be selected from our extensive donor database. Utah Fertility Center works with many gestational carrier agencies across the U.S. and Canada. We will go over important decisions to make with you, such as whose sperm to use and who you might choose as an egg donor or gestational carrier. Utah Fertility Center has assisted thousands of international LGBTQ families to achieve their dreams.

Genetic Testing
Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT-A) are state-of-the-art procedures used in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to help select embryos that are free of chromosomal abnormalities and specific genetic disorders for transfer into the uterus.

PGT-A – Preimplantation Genetic Screening
In a normal embryo, there are 23 pairs of chromosomes, either 46XX or 46XY. One of the most common abnormalities is Down’s syndrome, a condition having 47 chromosomes, including an extra chromosome 21. The current technology allows us to evaluate an embryo and confirm that there is a normal number of chromosomes prior to placing it back into the uterus. This testing also allows us to learn the sex of the embryos.
IVF success rates are increased and miscarriage rates are significantly decreased due to the transferring of genetically normal embryos.

Events
Register for one of our upcoming webinars.
April 16, 2020
May 21, 2020
June 25, 2020

Webinar Description: Family building in the USA including egg donation and surrogacy.

Webinar Presenters:
Utah Fertility Center
Russell A. Foulk, MD
Tonya Canaday, Third Party Reproduction
Allysa Kinder, Third Party Reproduction
Gestacy Surrogacy
Kimberley Dees
Tarnoff Law
Dylan Tarnoff, Attorney
 May 21 registration
May 30 registration

 

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