Who is a candidate for In Vitro Fertilization?
The ideal In Vitro Fertilization candidate is in overall good health. Beyond that basic requirement, it’s really a question of your individual situation. In Vitro Fertilization is effective in treating many different causes of infertility and is often a good option for:
Couples who have not been able to conceive for more than 6 months. Couples who haven’t been able to get pregnant on their own after half a year are often very successful with In Vitro Fertilization. Women at all stages of their reproductive years have gotten pregnant using In Vitro Fertilization, using their own or donor eggs.
Women who have been unsuccessful with other fertility treatments, including fertility medications and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). It can be extremely discouraging and painful to try several different Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) treatments without success, but In Vitro Fertilization often offers hope where other methods have failed.
People suffering from most types of infertility, including:
- Tubal factor infertility: If you have scarred, blocked, damaged or missing fallopian tubes, In Vitro Fertilization is an excellent option, as the In Vitro Fertilization process bypasses the fallopian tubes entirely. It’s often a more effective (and less invasive) alternative to surgical solutions.
- Endometriosis: In Vitro Fertilization can offer a way forward for patients who have been affected by endometrial scarring.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): In Vitro Fertilization is considered a highly effective treatment for infertility caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
- Male factor infertility: Low sperm count or issues with sperm quality can often be addressed by In Vitro Fertilization and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) if necessary.
- Age related infertility: In Vitro Fertilization may offer a better opportunity for older women.
- Unhealthy eggs/sperm: With the help of donors, In Vitro Fertilization can provide a path to a baby even when the odds are stacked against you.
Couples who may be able to conceive either on their own or via low-tech treatment within 2 to 3 years but don’t want to take risk of waiting to discover that they are not pregnant. If you’re ready to start your family now and have decided you don’t want to take your chances, In Vitro Fertilization can offer you a measure of control over your fertility that you won’t get from a “wait and see” strategy.
Couples or women who want pregnancy on demand. LGBT couples and single women who want to have a baby and have not been able to conceive via Intrauterine insemination (IUI) may turn to In Vitro Fertilization to have a baby on their terms and their timescale.
Infertility has many causes. It’s best to be evaluated ahead of time so a complete medical report can be sent. It’s important to have regular checkups, to be in good health, and your body be ready for pregnancy via healthy living before the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle.