Center Firsts

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We don’t just keep up with new technologies. We lead the way. The Bethesda Fertility Center has a long history of being the first to offer Tristate families new infertility treatments and technologies, making high quality infertility care and treatment accessible and closer to home. Our reputation for advanced expertise draws patients outside the Greater Cincinnati area to include Dayton, Columbus, Louisville, Lexington, Indiana, West Virginia and beyond.

New treatments and technologies help to:

  • Expand treatment options and possibilities for patients
  • Improve success rates and
  • Preserve fertility, especially in cases of illness or cancer treatment

Recent Fertility Breakthroughs

  • IMSI (Read story) – First center in the Tristate to offer intracytoplasmic morphologically-selected sperm injection (IMSI) to improve pregnancy rates for severe male infertility. January 2014
  • Egg freezing – First center in Tristate to achieve pregnancy and birth using frozen eggs. December 2011
  • Preimplantation genetic screening (click here to watch news video) – First center in Tristate to achieve pregnancy. June 2011

History of Fertility Firsts

  • May 2005 – One of the first centers in the region to achieve a live birth with IVF and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
  • May 2001 – First in Ohio to achieve live birth via sperm frozen in hamster zona (egg shells). This technique is helpful in cases of extremely low sperm count.
  • September 2000 – First in Ohio, and one of only two centers in the nation, to achieve pregnancy via sperm frozen in hamster zona (egg shells).
  • March 1999 – First in Tristate, and one of only about 20 centers in the country, to use empty hamster zona (egg shells) for freezing single sperm cells.
  • February 1998 – First in Greater Cincinnati to use ultrasound-guided technology to more precisely place embryos into woman after IVF. The procedure optimizes pregnancy rates by reducing pregnancy loss due to poor embryo placement. 
  • May 1997 - First in the Tristate to achieve successful pregnancies with fresh and frozen blastocysts (more mature embryos). This technology should result in a significant reduction in the incidence of multiple births.
  • October 1996 - First in Greater Cincinnati to achieve pregnancy from sperm aspirated directly from the testicle (TESE).
  • March 1995 - First in Greater Cincinnati to achieve live birth with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
  • December 1995 - First in the Tristate to achieve pregnancy from sperm aspirated from the epididymis.
  • July 1994 - First in Greater Cincinnati to achieve pregnancy with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), just one year after the first international pregnancy was announced.
  • November 1994 - First regional CAP certified IVF/andrology laboratory.
  • November 1994 – First regional board-certified IVF/andrology lab director.
  • November 1993 - First center in the Tristate to achieve fertilization of a human egg with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
  • Summer 1993 - Bethesda chosen as one of three North American research sites to conduct research on sperm morphology (shape) using a semen analyzer.
  • 1991 – First in Ohio to achieve live birth from partial zona dissection (egg drilling) technique.
  • April 1990 - First set of twins born in the area as a result of frozen embryos.
  • April 1990 – First in Greater Cincinnati to offer natural cycle IVF.
  • July 1987 – First fertility center to open in Greater Cincinnati.