Why It’s Smart to Explore IVF Early
Despite the fact that it’s a proven pathway to parenthood, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is considered by many to be a last resort in their attempts to have a baby.
This may be the right approach for some, however countless others wish they had pursued IVF earlier in their infertility struggle. While the decision is entirely up to you, we urge you to consider the following information as you determine the best way to grow your family.
What Is IVF?
First successfully utilized in 1978, IVF is a procedure in which fertilization takes place outside the body. A woman’s ovaries are stimulated with fertility drugs to produce multiple mature eggs, which are then extracted from her body and fertilized in a laboratory with her partner’s (or donor) sperm. The embryos that result are closely monitored; the most viable embryos are then transferred to the patient’s uterus. It takes approximately four to six week to complete one cycle of IVF, which includes the following eight phases:
- Preparing for Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH)
- Undergoing Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
- Egg Retrieval
- Sperm Processing
- Fertilization of Eggs in the Laboratory
- Selecting the Best Embryos for Transfer
- Embryo Transfer
- Cryopreservation (Freezing) of Remaining Embryos
Who are Good Candidates for IVF?
IVF is an extremely effective treatment for couples whose infertility issues stem from:
- Ovulation or Egg Quality
- Blocked Fallopian Tubes
- Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
- Genetic Abnormalities
- Male Factor Infertility
- Unexplained Infertility
An important note on unexplained infertility: The diagnostic testing available today provides a wealth of information, however it doesn’t identify every possible reason for infertility. It’s currently impossible to detect certain types of issues, such as subpar egg quality, which is one potential reason for unsuccessful fertilization. Those who plan to use donor eggs to become pregnant may also turn to IVF. If any of these situations apply to you, it’s wise to consider starting the IVF process early.
Who Should Start the IVF Process Early?
Everyone’s situation is unique, only you and your Las Vegas fertility doctor can pinpoint the right time for you to start. Prior to making that decision you’ll have a comprehensive consultation and undergo testing to get a good sense of what’s causing your fertility issues, and to determine if IVF is the best course of treatment for you.
We recommend seeking the help of an Infertility Specialist, also called a Reproductive Endocrinologist, if you’re younger than 35 years old and have been trying to get pregnant naturally for 6 months, or over 35 and have tried for a year. Much like natural conception, studies show that the success of IVF declines as a woman ages. Success rates begin to drop as a woman approaches 30 years of age with a more rapid decline beginning in the early 30s, and an even greater decline as a woman reaches her late 30s.
If you’re experiencing fertility issues and are over 35 years old, early IVF may be the right option for you. No matter your age, due to its overall high rate of success, the specialists at SIRM Las Vegas advise you to explore IVF as a possible early treatment option. IVF shouldn’t be treated as a last resort to build your family.
Contact our Las Vegas infertility center today to speak with an expert about IVF.