IVF Benefits: Overcoming Infertility with Advanced Treatment
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most commonly implemented assisted reproductive technology (ART), and has helped thousands to realize their dreams of parenthood. IVF is a four-step process that consists of ovulation induction, egg retrieval, fertilization in a laboratory, and embryo transfer to the mother's uterus. The clearest advantage of IVF treatment is that it provides previously infertile couples the opportunity to conceive children of their own, but there are many additional IVF benefits. The doctors at our New Orleans fertility clinic can help you understand the procedure and decide if it is the right treatment for you. If you have been having trouble trying to conceive, and would like to find a safe and effective treatment that can help you achieve your goal, please contact our office to make an appointment with one of our doctors.
Providing Hope for Women and Couples
IVF can provide hope for patients facing many different causes of infertility. Women with damage or blockages in their fallopian tubes have very low chances of becoming pregnant without fertility treatment, but IVF was can circumvent this issue. Men who have a low sperm count or issues with sperm motility may have difficulty fertilizing their partner's eggs. Because the fertilization step takes place outside the body during IVF treatment, it provides a solution that bypasses the need for the male's sperm to navigate the woman's reproductive tract.
IVF treatment allows for the use of donated sperm and eggs, if you choose. This creates increased opportunities for women without partners and same-sex partners. IVF also allows women to freeze their eggs when they are younger to preserve them for future use. Additionally, IVF allows post-menopausal women to carry a child. After menopause, a woman's body will no longer release eggs, but the uterus will typically remain intact. IVF provides an especially important benefit for women who have gone through premature menopause.
The Ability to Choose the Healthiest Embryos
After fertilization has occurred, our laboratory technicians will select the healthiest embryos for implantation into the mother's uterus. For couples who are concerned about passing on genetic disorders or chromosomal abnormalities to their children, IVF allows for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). PGD tests the health of the fertilized embryo by sequencing the DNA to determine if an abnormal gene is present.
The Highest Success Rates
IVF also has the added benefit of having the highest success rates of any ART treatment. IVF may not work for everyone, but the cycle can be repeated to ensure that the procedure is being performed under the optimal conditions.
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IVF treatment continues to become more popular and commonplace, which means that the technology and success rates continue to improve as well. If you have had difficulty trying to conceive, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to learn more about the benefits of IVF. We look forward to helping you grow your family, and we are prepared to provide compassionate care every step of the way.