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.
New medical technology and “best” practices are emerging all the time. Clinicians must spend a significant amount of time to stay current with the latest advancements in their field of medicine. Infertility medicine tends to change more rapidly than most.
At ORH, we are devoted to providing the best and most current fertility treatments to our patients. Important breakthroughs are carefully evaluated and are incorporated into our practice whenever it is reasonable to do so.
We have adopted a new standard in IVF: Routine day 5 Preimplantation Genetic screening (PGS), a Freeze-all vitrification protocol, and Single embryo transfer (SET). Adopting these practices into our routine care have resulted in dramatic increases in the success rates at our practice. According to Genesis Genetics and a recent abstract(2,3), there are only a small number of U.S. clinics that are currently doing this routinely. A recent study reported a 97% increase in live birth rates using this protocol, without SET, vs the older practice of day 3 or day 5 fresh transfers. Although SET was not used throughout this study, the chance of pregnancy per embryo transferred was more than double with PGS and freeze-all compared with cycles without PGS(4).
- 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?
We don’t know, you’d have to ask them.
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.
- Read some of our patient reviews
(1) Per WA state incorporation dates
(2) Quote from Dr. Eric Widra, ESHRE Press Release 2016
(3) Bruce Nita, Genesis Genetics
(4) Whitney, J.B., Schiewe, M.C. & Anderson, R.E. J Assist Reprod Genet (2016). doi:10.1007/s10815-016-0792-3