In Vitro Fertilization

Infertility is a common condition. When defined in terms of a couple’s failure to achieve a desired pregnancy within one year of trying, recent studies indicate the prevalence of infertility is currently about 30%. The first human IVF pregnancy was in 1978. Initially used to treat patients with severely damaged fallopian tubes, IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is now used to treat many other causes of infertility. Patients with severe male factor infertility, unexplained infertility, and infertility associated with endometriosis are often best treated by this method. Today more than 33,000 live deliveries per year in the U.S. result from IVF procedures. Most of these pregnancies have come from IVF treatment cycles performed in large, high volume centers.

At Advanced Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology Institute you are not just a number! Traditionally, the only measure of the quality of an IVF program has been its reported live birth rate. Patients, however, desire good processes of care as well as favorable outcomes. Reflecting Dr. Whitman-Elia’s personal philosophy that it takes much more than high pregnancy rates to make a quality IVF program, our Advanced Fertility Institute is based on a boutique model designed to promote personalized care.

If you are considering IVF, you’re in the right place. We have the people, technology and support you need. We understand that you may be anxious and experiencing a wide range of emotions during this time, so we take great care to make sure you’re at ease here, with the privacy and comfortable environment you need. One of the most important differences of our program over other IVF providers is the support and personal care we offer. During your IVF cycle, you’ll have access to Florence Hightower, PsyD, our IVF coordinator and clinical psychotherapist. She’ll be available to address your emotional concerns and, if needed, she’ll put you immediately in touch with Dr. Whitman-Elia. It’s comfort and reassurance we’re sure you’ll appreciate. At Advanced Fertility, we believe that this approach enhances success. Click here to view IVF Success Rates.

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We are a quality infertility clinic, located in West Columbia, South Carolina, operated by an infertility specialist who really takes care of her patients. A “one-stop shop,” all services needed to complete an appropriate patient evaluation and render successful infertility treatment are offered at the Institute.

The following assisted reproduction services are available in our “boutique”:

  • IVF – in vitro fertilization
  • Assisted Hatching
  • ICSI – intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • Embryo cryopreservation and storage
  • FET – frozen embryo transfer
  • PGD – preimplantation genetic diagnosis
  • Donor Egg
  • Donor Sperm
  • TESE – testicular sperm extraction
  • Extended Embryo Culture – from 8 cell to blastocyst
  • Frozen embryo adoption