Since the first baby was conceived through in-vitro fertilization in 1977, IVF has helped millions of couples struggling with infertility fulfill their desire to have a baby. IVF can be performed using eggs and sperm belonging to the couple or from donors. A gestational carrier, a woman who carries the baby inside her uterus on behalf of the intended parents, may also be used if needed.
When compared to other methods of assisted reproduction, IVF has proven to be the most successful over the last several decades. Here are some interesting facts about IVF:
- Women with damaged fallopian tubes may still be able to conceive using their own eggs with the help of IVF.
- IVF can maximize the chances of conception in patients who are in their mid-30s or 40s.
- Women with low ovarian reserve, premature ovulation failure, and other ovulation problems may be helped by IVF using donor eggs.
- Due to the advances in scientific technology, IVF techniques such as intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection can be used to significantly improve the chances of conceiving in cases of male infertility.
- In conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease that is caused due to hormonal imbalance or endometriosis where the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside the uterine cavity, IVF can be used successfully to achieve and maintain pregnancy.
On the downside, the IVF procedure can be expensive and does not guarantee a 100% success rate. The chances of having a healthy baby using IVF depend on a variety of factors and occasionally, despite meeting all the criteria, there may still be failure of the embryo to implant in the uterus. Repeated implantation failure can extract a heavy emotional toll on the couple.
An innovative new test, Endometrial Receptivity Analysis (ERA), allows your doctor to find a personalized implantation window which will maximize the chances of a successful implantation. ERA has proven to be very successful in treating difficult cases of implant failure. The test is highly sensitive and accurate as it is designed to detect gene expression profiles associated with receptivity as compared to other endometrial status dating methods that only use histological criteria.
If you are a young woman below the age of 37 years and have experienced 3 failed embryo transfers or above 37 years of age with 2 failed embryo transfers, an ERA test just might be what you need to help you achieve a successful pregnancy.
ReproMed Fertility Center is committed to providing comprehensive infertility and reproductive health care, including In-vitro fertilization (IVF). Our physicians formulate individualized treatment plans for each patient so they have the best chance of conceiving. ReproMed Fertility Center can offer new hope to those seeking to overcome infertility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.