Our Process and Technology
The fertility process at Tennessee Fertility Institute combines deep expertise and state-of-the-art technology, with compassion and love for our patients, to create the best experience and outcomes possible for our patients.
‘Where there is great love, there are always miracles’
This quote from American author Willa Cather, inscribed on the wall of our lab, perfectly describes why we do what we do. Our laboratory team — with a cumulative 85+ years of experience in andrology and embryology — is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise to patients alongside an unwavering desire to support their journeys.
Direct Communication with Our Embryology Team
When it comes to fertility, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why to achieve the best possible results, our team personally gets to know each patient and has a direct line of communication with them to ensure nothing goes unsaid or unexplained.
Our IVF patients, for instance, will have direct contact with the Embryology team throughout their cycle including a pre-cycle consult to help them understand many of the complexities of the process.
State-of-the-art Laboratories in Greater Nashville
Great care requires a great laboratory. Our Franklin location’s andrology and embryology laboratories are state-licensed and CAP-accredited — and why our satellite laboratory in Nashville is CLIA-certified. We have stringent quality control standards and are regulated by governing bodies, such as the State of Tennessee and the College of American Pathology.
In addition, our lab is a class 100 cleanroom, which provides optimal culture conditions for the growth of our embryos. Specific to IVF patients, we offer group culture of embryos in triple gas incubators that are designed to better replicate the natural environment that the body would provide.
24-hour Security Monitoring for Cryopreserved Specimens
Our cryopreserved specimens are housed in commercial dewars, which are monitored 24 hours a day with a dual monitoring system for a deeper level of safety and security. Our embryologists are on call 24 hours a day every day of the year.
Advanced Semen Analysis for Male Patients
Our semen analysis goes beyond the conventional analysis and looks into the DNA. Our doctors and fertility specialists look at DNA fragmentation, levels of reactive oxygen species, and immaturity within the sperm.
In addition to sperm analysis, we offer sperm preparation with both traditional approaches and more cutting-edge ones, such as the Zymot device. We offer short and long-term sperm cryopreservation and storage.
Full-Range of Fertility Treatments and Services
Based on a patient’s unique medical history and fertility goals, we may recommend any of the following treatments and technologies that we can perform in-house:
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injections (ICSI)
- Sperm, egg and embryo cryopreservation
- Assisted hatchings
- Embryo biopsies
- Preimplantation genetic testing
- Donor sperm, egg and embryos both fresh and frozen
- Frozen embryo transfers