Women’s reproductive health has taken a forefront in overall well-being due to the fertility issues it can cause. Continued research and advancements in technology have encouraged the development of this field. This can be further emphasized by developing facilities like Fertility Consultation Mountain View that deal with most fertility procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). IVF and all it involves are discussed in detail below.
What is In Vitro Fertilization?
This involves multiple complicated operations aiming to improve fertility, prevent genetic issues, and help conceive a child. The procedure consists of obtaining mature eggs from ovaries and fertilizing them with sperm in the lab. The fertilized eggs that become embryos are then put into a uterus. This complete cycle of IVF takes a few weeks. If the steps are divided into sectors, the process may be longer.
IVF is the most advanced and effective type of technology for assisted reproduction. The couple’s sperm and eggs can do it, or an anonymous donor can provide sperm, eggs, or embryos. A gestational carrier can be used to hold the embryo in the uterus.
Successful IVF treatment is dependent on multiple factors, including the cause of infertility and your age. IVF can also be expensive, time-consuming, and invasive. Multiple conceptions can happen if more than one embryo is put in the uterus.
Working closely with your fertility physician enables you to consult, discuss, and be advised on these treatment plans’ various risks and benefits.
IVF procedures are done to deal with genetic or infertility issues. For infertility, other less invasive techniques are available before IVF, such as intrauterine insemination involving putting the sperm directly into the uterus when ovulation is close or fertility medications to boost egg production.
This treatment might be the primary plan for women over forty with infertility. It can also be done if you have various health issues like:
- Ovulation disorders in which fewer eggs may be available for fertilization or when ovulation is absent or infrequent
- Fallopian tube blockage or damage makes it hard for an embryo to travel to the uterus or for an egg to be fertilized.
- Uterine fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus found mainly in women in their thirties or forties. They interfere with the fertilized egg’s implantation.
- Endometriosis happens when tissue that resembles the uterine lining places itself and grows outside the uterus affecting how the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes work.
- Impaired sperm function or production through weak sperm mobility, below-average sperm concentration, or abnormalities in sperm shape and size can make it challenging for a sperm to fertilize an egg. These issues can be corrected by an infertility specialist or by having underlying health issues identified.
- Previous tubal removal or sterilization involves blocking or cutting your fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy permanently. Instead of getting tubal ligation reversal surgery, IVF can be a suitable option for getting pregnant.
Despite the few risks involved with IVF procedures, their overall effectiveness and success rate have encouraged their use worldwide. This has enabled many couples to start a family through conception. For IVF inquiries, check our website, or call our offices in Mountain View, CA.