Have you been struggling with fertility problems? Do you need some support and medical attention to help you conceive? Overcoming fertility problems is something that many couples face today, and it can be an emotionally difficult time. If you want to discuss treatment options, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Michael Cho, a University of Reproductive Associate, in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, who specializes in infertility problems.
What is IVF?
IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization. During an IVF treatment, an egg is collected from the women and is fertilized in a laboratory.
If you choose to get IVF, you’ll have to take hormone medication to help prepare your body for the procedure. The treatment will help to stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs and bring these to maturity for the next part of the treatment. Once your eggs are ready, you’ll undergo minor surgery to collect the eggs. The eggs will then be fertilized using your partners or a donor’s sperm to create an embryo. The next step is to place the embryo into your uterus, where it will grow into a baby.
When is IVF Used?
IVF is used in a wide range of situations where medical conditions or life circumstances make the likelihood of a natural pregnancy difficult. Doctors use IVF to bypass the conception issue. IVF allows doctors to place a fertilized embryo into the woman’s uterus, where she’ll then be able to carry on with the pregnancy. This process has allowed many women to overcome medical complications such as blockages in the fallopian tubes, or ovulation problems such as endometriosis or tubal ligation. IVF is also an excellent treatment to use where the sperm has caused fertility issues. If the male has a low sperm count or unhealthy sperm, IVF can help.
Is IVF Right for Me?
When considering whether or not to have IVF, it’s important to discuss your likelihood of success with your doctor. IVF has allowed many couples with fertility problems as well as older women to fulfill their dream of becoming parents. It’s important to remember that IVF success rates are relatively low compared with other forms of treatment, such as IUI. IVF has about a 40% chance of success for women who are aged 35 and under. The success rate also decreases with age and may be lowered if you have other health complications.
While 40% may seem like a very low success rate, it’s important to remember that this is similar to the chances of a healthy couple, with no fertility problems conceiving naturally.
IVF for same-sex couples
IVF is the main type of fertility treatment offered to same-sex couples. The benefit of having IVF is that it allows couples to have their own biological children. In the case of same-sex couples, a combination of one partner’s eggs or sperm is used alongside that of a donor. In cases where a male couple wants to conceive a baby using IVF, a surrogate mother will also need to be used. If you’re part of a same-sex couple wishing to use IVF to conceive, your doctor will help you work out precisely what will happen during the process.