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Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

Tel Aviv, Israel


Department of In Vitro Fertilization


Foad Azem

Prof. Dr. med.

Foad Azem

Specialized in: in vitro fertilization

The IVF Center of Lis Maternity Hospital at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center deals with the in vitro fertilization, which is the most common solution for the couples wanting to have children, but cannot due to some causes, such as infertility, hormonal disorders, sperm quality and others. The chief physician of the Center is Prof. Foad Azem, who is one of the top specialists in reproductive medicine, IVF and fertility preservation. It is worth noting that the IVF Center of Lis Maternity Hospital is one of the largest in Israel and among the most advanced in the world. There are annually born 200 babies after IVF performed in the Department. All in all, thousands of families have delivered healthy babies with the help of the IVF Center services.

The comprehensive examination of the infertile couple before the IVF procedure is held in the IVF Center under the direction of Prof. Foad Azem in accordance with the world's leading standards and includes a meticulous collection of anamnesis, laboratory tests, instrumental diagnosis and solution of certain legal issues.

In vitro fertilization is the process of fertilizing eggs in laboratory conditions outside of a woman’s body and reintroducing the embryo into a woman’s womb for growth. IVF is most commonly used when there are either mechanical reasons that the egg and sperm cannot meet and fertilize, such as blocked fallopian tubes, hormonal causes impeding ovulation, or issues related to sperm viability. The IVF process includes 5 main steps:

  • Induction of superovulation and its monitoring with blood tests and ultrasounds
  • Harvesting of oocytes from the patient’s ovaries
  • Sperm receiving from the partner or a donor
  • Incubating of the egg with the sperm in optimal laboratory conditions for egg fertilization and embryo development
  • Reintroduction of the embryo into the woman’s uterus when the embryo has 4-8 cells (typically after 2-5 days of fertilization – for the development until birth)

In addition to providing the full range of IVF services, Lis Maternity Hospital specializes in a number of other services, including assisted ovum fertilization techniques (such as ICSI), cryopreservation of embryos, cells and tissue, as well as banking sperm for the future use. The IVF laboratories at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center also perform PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis): genetic testing on a single cell that was microsurgically removed from an 8-cell embryo. It is done to avoid reintroduction of embryos carrying pre-existing genetic mutations.




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