When a couple or individual arrives at the option of In vitro fertilization or fertilization (IVF), they’ve usually exhausted all the other options for fertility treatment. They’ve tried surgery, fertility drugs and artificial insemination. Although the patient has been through a lot, there is still reason for optimism with the IVF treatment.
Before undergoing IVF it is important to educate yourself on the treatment. Here are five key points everyone should know before investing in IVF.
- The Success Rate
Although IVF success rate continue to improve as the technology is refined, the success rates are still relatively low. On average 29.4% of women will achieve pregnancy, but of those who achieve pregnancy only 22.4% on average result in a live birth.
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If you decide to undergo IVF, you will collect multiple embryo. You can freeze the embryo for later use in case you need to undergo IVF again, or you can donate the frozen embryo to another infertile couple.
- Age Matters
Success rates differ between age groups. Those who are under 35 years old have 39.6% of having a baby. If you are over 40 the chances are significantly lowered down to 11.5% chance.
- Who it Is a Good Candidate
“IVF is an especially important option for many women in their late thirties and early forties, or for women who have health conditions affecting the fallopian tubes, such as a blocked tube or a history of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy," said Allentown, PA's Wendy J Schillings, MD. "IVF is usually the best treatment for couples when the man has a low sperm count, or in couples who have not had success with other treatments including hormonal therapy and artificial insemination.”
- The Cost
IVF is not the most affordable treatment option for infertility, but many insurance policies will actually cover a portion of the treatment. Research insurance thoroughly see how much of the cost they will cover. If they do not cover it, perhaps it is time to consider switching plans or even providers.
If one is seriously considering going through with IVF as a fertility treatment option contact a doctor. At the appointment the patient and doctor can discuss whether IVF Is a good option.
To find more information on In vitro fertilization or fertilization, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more or ask a doctor your IVF questions.
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