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IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation)

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IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation)

IVF Treatment

Starting the IVF treatment process can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. Usually, IVF is pursued only after other fertility treatments have failed. You may have been trying to conceive for months or, more likely, for years and years.

This is not always the case. Sometimes, IVF is the very first treatment tried.

For example, IVF may be the first option if...

  • an egg donor is being used
  • a surrogate is needed
  • in severe cases of male infertility
  • if a woman's fallopian tubes are blocked
  • Still, even in these cases, IVF may come after years of trying to get pregnant and several fertility tests.
  • Here's the good news: IVF is pretty successful. According to a study of approximately 156,000 women, the average live-birth rate for the first cycle was 29.5 percent. This is comparable to the success rates for a natural cycle in couples with healthy fertility.

    Your best odds for success may come from repeated treatment cycles. This same study found that after six IVF cycles, the cumulative live-birth rate was 65.3 percent. These six cycles usually took place over two years. Age does play an important role in your success, as does the reason for your infertility. Using an egg donor will also affect your success. If you're feeling overwhelmed, I understand. You are not alone. IVF treatment is quite stressful. Just looking over the schedule of ultrasounds, blood work, injections, and so on can have you feeling fragile.

    to that the cost of IVF, especially if you're paying out-of-pocket, and it's no surprise you're feeling worried. The more you understand what's coming next, the more in control you'll feel. You may be wondering how everything will come together. I'll explain.

    While every clinic's protocol will be slightly different and treatments are adjusted for a couple's individual needs, here is a step-by-step breakdown of what generally takes place during in vitro fertilization.

    Success rates

    IVF success rates, the percentage of all IVF procedures which result in a favourable outcome. Depending on the type of calculation used, this outcome may represent the number of confirmed pregnancies, called the pregnancy rate, or the number of live births, called the live birth rate. The success rate depends on variable factors such as maternal age, cause of infertility, embryo status, reproductive history and lifestyle factors.

    Maternal age: Younger candidates of IVF are more likely to get pregnant. Women older than 41 are more likely to get pregnant with a donor egg. Reproductive history: Women who have been previously pregnant are in many cases more successful with IVF treatments than those who have never been pregnant.

    Due to advances in reproductive technology,IVF success rates are substantially higher today than they were just a few years ago.