UT Health Physicians

Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

Related to: In vitro fertilization (IVF), in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET), embryo transfer, frozen embryo transfer (FET), fertility treatment, INVOcell procedure

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The Reproductive Health and Fertility Center at UT Health San Antonio has been helping families grow for more than 40 years. Our expert team of board-certified reproductive endocrinologists and fertility specialists offer comprehensive assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) includes all fertility treatments in which either the eggs or embryos are handled. This primarily includes in vitro fertilization (IVF). Our physicians may suggest ART when less complex and less expensive methods of treatment have failed. However, in certain circumstances, such as advanced age or severe male factor infertility, ART may be recommended as first-line therapy.

UT Health San Antonio now offers INVOcell to our patients who are interested in using vaginal incubation in place of traditional in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The INVOcell procedure utilizes an FDA-cleared Intravaginal Culture (IVC) device. The device is a small capsule which is placed within the woman's body during egg fertilization and embryo development. This procedure has equal success rates when compared to traditional procedures, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intra-uterine insemination (IUI). 

During your appointment, your fertility expert will discuss the available procedures with you so that the most appropriate option for your individual situation will be used.

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Please call 210-450-9500 to make an appointment or to make a referral.


Our specialists are experts in assisted reproductive technologies including:

  • In vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET): The sperm and egg combine outside of the body and early embryo development occurs in the lab.  When early embryo development is recognized, the embryo is implanted into the uterus. No laparoscopy or anesthesia is required. This is ideal for women with damaged fallopian tubes.
  • Frozen embryo transfer (FET): Frozen embryos, or cryopreserved embryos, are thawed and then transferred directly into the uterus. In our laboratory, approximately 60-70 percent of embryos survive cryopreservation and thawing. We usually transfer 1-3 embryos during each FET cycle. However, this number is flexible, based upon the chances of success. Your fertility specialist will discuss this with you. The goal for our patients is a single viable pregnancy.