IVF Services

The centre of attention

One of the most effective infertility therapies, useful for virtually all patients, is In Vitro Fertilization with Embryo Transfer (IVF-ET, or IVF). This technique requires having the woman grow many eggs by taking injections of the ovarian stimulating hormones FSH and LH. The eggs are removed from the uterus with a small needle, fertilized with her partner’s sperm and permitted to grow. When good growth and health are noted, an single embryo (sometimes two) is put back into the uterus.

IVF is widely useful and has a spectacular pregnancy rate, above 50% per therapy cycle for women under 35. It is also very high tech, very time intensive and requires close care and monitoring for several weeks.

In 1989 Dr Howe was recruited from University of Pennsylvania to open the IVF program at Baystate Medical Center. He since has developed an affiliation with New England’s most highly regarded program, IVF-New England, with whom he has collaborated since 1997. In this affiliation, clinical monitoring is performed at RMC in East Longmeadow; the patient goes to Lexington to have her eggs harvested and to have an embryo transfer. By this affiliation patients enjoy the personal care of the small town practice at Reproductive Medicine Center of Western Massachusetts, while benefitting from the superior laboratory facilities and pregnancy rates that IVF-New England boasts.

If IVF interests you, please come for a consultation with Dr Howe. Then, we can determine the best plan of therapy and undertake your care as an IVF-New England affiliate.

Egg Retrieval

As an ultrasound probe provides a visual image of the ovary and the surrounding structures, a fine needle is inserted through the upper wall of the vagina and into the ovary. Magnification of the ultrasound image allows the physician to locate the individual follicles that contain mature eggs and apply gentle suction to remove the contents of each one.
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IVF Procedure

In vitro fertilisation involves monitoring a woman’s ovulation, removing eggs from her ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a fluid medium in a laboratory. The fertilised egg is then transferred to her uterus with the intention of conceiving pregnancy.
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Robert Howe, MD

281 Maple St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Tel: (413) 525-5160
Fax: (413) 525-5170

Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

About Us

– Convenient Location
– Off-Street Parking
– Saturday Appointments
– Wheelchair Accesible
– On-Site Lab
– On-Site Ultrasound
– Medicare Accepted

Hyperion Selene-Touch
& Vaginal Phototherapy

We are pleased to announce that we now offer Hyperion Selene-Touch and Vaginal Phototherapy procedures. We are the only practice in Western Massachusetts to offer these services!

Since 1997 Dr Howe has affiliated with IVF New England, the premiere program for assisted reproduction and egg banking in our region. This assures you of extraordinary care and superior clinical results in your journey to parenthood. Read more…