We have been around longer than most other fertility clinics in this region(1). Dr. Johnson joined Seattle Fertility and Gynecology in 1991, then the largest fertility clinic in the Pacific Northwest. A further consolidation with another Seattle-based fertility clinic in 1995 created the largest specialty fertility and gynecology clinic in the area. The pitfalls of a “bigger is better” mentality soon became all too obvious and in 1997 Dr. Johnson moved to the Eastside, with the goal to create a personalized, boutique-style fertility center, emphasizing individualized care with an informed and consistent care team. No more differing opinions and different messages from different doctors on different days!
Small has enabled us to rapidly embrace new technology and ideas, enhancing our patient’s peace of mind as well as ultimate success
A New Standard in IVF
If your IVF clinic is still doing day 3 or day 5 fresh transfers, they are out of date and your IVF results are being compromised.
Only 10-15% of all IVF clinics worldwide(2) are capable of the new standard in IVF: Routine Preimplantation Genetic screening (PGS), Freeze all protocols, and Single embryo transfer (SET). ORH is in that select group of clinics.
- Preimplantation Genetic screening (PGS). PGS involves the selection of only genetically normal embryos for transfer, increasing implantation rates and markedly reducing miscarriage rates. It also allows for family balancing for eligible patients (patients with one child desiring another child of the opposite gender).
- Freeze all cycles. This refers to the practice in IVF of freezing (vitrifying, or cryopreserving) all appropriate blastocysts (embryos) on Day 5/6 and transferring them in a subsequent frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle.
- Single embryo transfer (SET). SET has been an option for years, and while the benefits of it (safer, reduced chance of multiples) are real, its use most often would result in a decreased pregnancy rates and, as such, patients would still elect to transfer more than one embryo in order to increase their chances of a successful cycle. The advent of PGS has changed that. Now we can offer SET, and achieve very high pregnancy rates and a much safer, healthier pregnancy and outcome.
Why do it?
The reasons are compelling. With this approach we can transfer a single normal embryo and expect pregnancy rates that are better than most clinics can achieve with transfer of 2 or even 3 embryos. The miscarriage rate is markedly lower, and the chances of a healthy full-term pregnancy are higher.
Why aren’t all IVF clinics doing this?
Quite simply, they don’t have the ability or expertise to do so. For a clinic to use this approach requires a level of training in the embryology personal that is difficult to find. The technology is simply too difficult and too new for many clinics to even attempt it. Our personnel have unique backgrounds and training. Also, cryopreservation must be state of the art, and the embryo transfer technique must be impeccable.
See the difference. Look at our rates. The difference is here.
Why Small is Good
More reasons why ORH is your best choice for a Seattle area fertility clinic
- Our team will make you feel at home in our clinic
- Find out why small is good, and what that means for you at our clinic
- Peace of Mind Programs – innovative pricing programs
- Hysteroscopic surgical excellence – We are a teaching center for advanced surgical techniques for the removal of uterine polyps and fibroids
- Electronic Security Tagging – an extra layer of security for all the fertility treatments at ORH to put your mind at ease
- State of the Art IVF laboratory – We rebuilt our IVF lab in 2012 to be state of the art, incorporating all the latest advancements, and independently certified to the highest standards.
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(1) Per incorporation dates
(2) % based on private conversations from ASRM 2016