The in vitro fertilization (ivf) process


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The in vitro fertilization (ivf) process

  1. 1.  Couples that are having a hard time getting pregnant or are infertile have the lack of ability to conceive despite months or years of trying. Each year, there are approximately six million individuals affected with infertility. Almost 10 percent of these women and men are at the age of reproduction. With this in mind and due to advanced medical innovation, there are now several medical procedures that permit couples to bear a child. One of these methods is called IVF or in vitro fertilization. The other method is termed intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
  2. 2.  In1981, in vitro fertilization or IVF was first utilized in the United States. Through this method, there have been about 250,000 infants that have been born. Despite the fact that this type of medical procedure has been criticized by many people, infertile couples are enjoying its benefits because it made them pregnant and conceived a baby of their own by using their sperm and eggs.
  3. 3.  IVF or in vitro fertilization is a process wherein the woman’s eggs are joined with the man’s sperm. It is also considered as an assisted reproduction procedure. As soon as the woman’s eggs are transformed to embryos, they are transferred back into the woman’s womb. Normally, two to four embryos are transferred back into the womb of a woman to lessen the risk of multiple births. The process is called a cycle every time it is done.
  4. 4.  To determine the reason of your infertility, you will need to seek the advice of a fertility specialist. Your fertility specialist will find out the best fertility treatment for you. If your specialist chose IVF or in vitro fertilization, she or he will advise you, as the woman, to take fertility drugs for a few weeks. These drugs can be in the form of shots or pills. These particular drugs are going to assist you boost the number of eggs in your body and therefore making it more to gather in the future.
  5. 5.  Female eggs are gathered via surgical method that is slightly invasive. The surgeon will use an ultrasound as his guide for him to retrieve the eggs. After retrieving the eggs, they are placed in a petri dish for about 40 hours without the sperm of your partner. The eggs then will be examined and transferred back into your uterus.
  6. 6.  The IVF or in vitro fertilization success rates are almost the same with normal pregnancies. Remember that it is hard to get pregnant if you reach the age of 30 and above. The in vitro fertilization success rate for women below 35 years old is 37 percent while women above 35 years old is 28 percent. The success rate for women whose age is over 40 is 13 percent. Pregnancy will be impossible or not common at all to women older than that. It simply means that the younger you are, the higher the success rate is.
  7. 7.  IVF or in vitro fertilization has aided hundreds and thousands of couples get pregnant and have a baby. On the other hand, this fertility treatment is also considered expensive. Before trying this procedure, you should ask your fertility specialist about the cost and find out if this is the right treatment for you.