Is IVF for You?

If you are infertile, the first thing you need to find out is why you are unable to conceive.

The following diagnoses are usually the justification for IVF:

  • Endometriosis
  • Low sperm counts
  • Uterus and fallopian tube problems
  • Ovulation problems
  • Antibodies that harm sperm or eggs
  • Sperm can’t penetrate or survive in the cervical mucus
  • Some infertility goes unexplained

Your doctor may recommend that you try other things first such as fertility drugs, surgery, and artificial insemination before looking into IVF.

The age of a woman plays a role in IVF success. Women under 35 have a 39.6% chance of pregnancy and a healthy baby while women over 40 have only an 11.5% chance. The CDC has some good news: they say that the success rate is increasing in all age ranges. This is because doctors are getting more and more experience, and they are honing their techniques.

If you’ve decided that you want to try IVF, you should ask the doctors a lot of questions.

For example:

  • Pregnancy rate per embryo transfer
  • Rate for couples your age with the same problems you have
  • Overall live birth rate for IVF couples per year
  • Rate of multiple births

Cost

  • Does it include cost of hormone treatments?
  • Information regarding storage of embryos
  • Participant in egg donation