The frustration and sadness that comes with not being able to start your family can be overwhelming. Understanding what is causing the inability to conceive and learning what options are available can help reduce some of that stress. The first step is testing. When a couple with a woman under 35 years old has been trying to conceive for a year and has not been successful or when a couple with a female over 35 cannot conceive after 6 months, it is time to see a fertility specialist. Because there are many factors that can contribute to or cause infertility, it is important to see an experienced specialist. At Reproductive Fertility Center, we help diagnose and treat infertility for couples trying to start or build their families. In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is one of the most successful options available.
What Are IVF Treatments?
In vitro fertilization is a form of assisted reproductive technology. During an IVF cycle, a woman will take ovarian stimulation medication so that she produces multiple eggs. When the eggs are mature, they are retrieved and combined with the father’s sperm (or donor sperm), and thus, fertilization occurs outside the body. The resultant embryo(s) are then carefully monitored, and then an embryo is placed back into the uterine cavity. During successful IVF treatments, the embryo implants into the uterus, usually within 6 to 10 days of egg retrieval.
Am I an IVF Candidate?
There is a broad spectrum for why a couple may be unable to conceive. Infertility factors can occur in both women and men. At Reproductive Fertility Center, we have among the highest success rates in the country for helping couples conceive, even when male infertility is a factor. Some of the many reasons that an individual or a couple may choose IVF are:
- Age-related infertility
- Absent or damaged fallopian tubes
- Tubal and pelvic adhesions
- Unexplained infertility
- Recurrent intrauterine insemination failure
- Past tubal ligation surgery
- Poor sperm quality, production, morphology, and/or motility
- Blocked tubes in a man, preventing sperm from entering the vas deferens
- Prior vasectomy
Age and Donor Eggs
Age plays a very important role in infertility. Younger women with fertility issues are more likely to see success in an IVF cycle using their own egg, as opposed to older women who in all likelihood have a diminished ovarian reserve and poor egg quality. We discuss this issue in more detail in our blog article, Ovarian Reserves Declines with Age. Our success rate at Reproductive Fertility Center is about 51 percent when using patient-harvested eggs in women up to 40 years of age. However, past the age of 35, it may be recommended that you use an egg donor for your IVF treatment. We have a 70 percent success rate for couples who use egg donation.
Your IVF Consultation
Reproductive Fertility Center offers a comprehensive array of treatments; IVF is just one of the options, but it isn’t the only one. Come in for a consultation with Dr. Saadat to learn about fertility options and see which treatment may be right for you. We will be honored to help you become the parent you are meant to be.
For more information on fertility treatments or to schedule your consultation, call our office at 310.929.6707 or contact us online.