There are plenty of options to consider if you want to start your own family. Some of these treatments are more effective than others or may be better suited for some patients than others. That’s why we carefully consider all options for care at The Fertility Institute. The team at our offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Metairie, and Mandeville will be more than happy to answer any and all questions that you may have, whether they be about in vitro fertilization (IVF) (one of the most popular and effective reproductive medicine treatments) or another kind of advanced therapy.
In this post, we want to focus on candidacy for IVF and another helpful reproductive treatment, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). We’ll begin with a look at IVF.
About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a procedure that involves the careful removal of mature eggs from the ovaries so that they can be inseminated in a controlled lab setting. Following successful fertilization, the fertilized eggs are placed into the uterus in order for the embryo to develop and be carried to term.
Candidacy for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Ideal candidates for in vitro fertilization (IVF) are people who have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive by natural means for at least one year. They should be in overall good health and have realistic expectations about the IVF process and what it entails. Since there are multiple stages for IVF, it’s important to consider various potential side effects and complications that can occur at each stage.
If a woman has eggs that are not viable for treatment or has experienced a miscarriage in the past, it will be imperative to consider additional fertility treatments to improve the results of care. These may involve an egg donor or a surrogate carrier.
About Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be performed as part of the IVF process if a couple needs assistance ensuring successful insemination and fertilization. ICSI involves the injection of an individual sperm into the egg in a lab setting.
Candidacy for Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is ideal for instances in which male infertility is the cause of unsuccessful conception. This includes cases of low sperm count as well as poor sperm motility. ICSI can also be performed if couples have experienced unsuccessful IVF procedures in the past.
Considering All of Your Options for Fertility Treatment
In addition to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), there are plenty of other options out there to consider for advanced fertility treatment. We noted egg donors and surrogate carriers above, and there are also cases in which sperm donors may be helpful for patients. Another matter to consider is genetic testing of the sperm and/or egg, which helps prevent potential birth defects or disorders.
During your consultation at our practice, we will be more than happy to go over all of these matters in much greater detail so that you are able to make well-informed and empowered choices about your fertility treatment needs.
Learn More About Your Fertility Treatment Options
If you would like more information about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), it’s important that you contact our fertility treatment and reproductive medicine specialists today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you start the family that you have always wanted.