If you are having trouble getting pregnant, you may be wondering if in vitro fertilization (IVF).
IVF is a popular way to assist couples who are being challenged to become pregnant the traditional way.
The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National ART Surveillance System reports IVF pregnancy in the United States. Preliminary 2015 data reflects that 231,936 ART cycles were performed at reporting clinics in the USA. As a result, there were 60,778 live births — defined as one or more living infants — and 72,913 live born infants.
How can you tell if you are a good candidate?
Let’s take a look at some of those ways.
You Have Fertility Disorders
If you or your partner have undergone fertility testing and have a disorder, IVF is something to consider.
Fertility disorders like endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can make becoming pregnant very challenging or nearly impossible.
For example, endometriosis is a condition that often creates scar tissue. This scar tissue can inhibit your fallopian tubes or ovaries from working effectively. This can prevent you from becoming pregnant.
An IVF pregnancy can help you to get past these fertility disorders to have a healthy pregnancy.
Irregular Menstrual Cycles
If you have an irregular menstrual cycle, predicting when you may be the most fertile can be very hard to do.
An IVF pregnancy can help you overcome this by using fertility medications. These medications can help induce ovulation. In turn, this helps you to know when you are fertile and can lead to the pregnancy you want.
Male Infertility Concerns
Does your male partner have a low sperm count?
There are a handful of infertility issues to look for. But a low sperm count can keep an otherwise healthy egg from being fertilized.
If so, that doesn’t mean becoming pregnant is out of the question. You should seek the assistance of a fertility doctor to learn about an IVF pregnancy.
Through IVF treatment, sperm can be applied directly to a fertile egg to help you become pregnant.
Unexplained Infertility Issues
If you are unable to become pregnant, it’s possible this is unexplainable.
Sometimes couples who cannot become pregnant naturally have exhausted other options. These include the use of fertility medications and/or intrauterine insemination.
If this sounds like you, an IVF pregnancy is worth discussing with your fertility doctor or other treating physician.
IVF Pregnancy: Another Way
For some couples, IVF can help make their dream of getting pregnant come true.
While some couples are aware that there is an infertility issue, others do not. They may seek treatment from fertility doctors or other forms of treatment, but with no success.
Others try all the options available to them to become pregnant before eyeing IVF as an alternative.
IVF is an option for some couples but depending upon your health situation, it may not be an option for you.
It’s best to speak with a qualified health care professional to learn about your options.
Contact us at the Kofinas Fertility Group to discuss IVF and other options!