Helping IVF Candidates Achieve Successful Pregnancies
Have you been trying to get pregnant for the past year or more, without success? We understand the emotional toll that this can take on patients, but instead of succumbing to frustration and depression, patients can take a proactive approach to fertility. At The Fertility Institute, we offer comprehensive fertility services to assist patients in conceiving. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a popular and effective treatment option that assists with the first seven of the 10 steps of pregnancy, greatly increasing a patient's chances of conception. Our skilled fertility doctors can screen potential IVF candidates at our New Orleans area offices. If you have questions about the procedure itself or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our fertility specialists, please contact our office.
Understanding the IVF Procedure
IVF involves a multi-step process. The first step is to induce ovulation by giving the patient fertility medication to stimulate the release of multiple eggs. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) encourages the ovaries to produce more than one egg, and the response to the medication will be monitored by ultrasound imaging. After an eight to 10-day period during which the eggs reach maturity, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) will be given to trigger their release.
In the second stage of IVF, the eggs are retrieved and harvested using ultrasound-directed vaginal aspiration. In this procedure, a needle is used to retrieve the eggs. This step is performed under a combination of pain relievers and sedation to ensure patient comfort.
The third step of IVF involves the fertilization of the retrieved eggs. A semen sample is acquired from the male partner or donor, and processed in our laboratory to obtain the most viable sperm that have the highest chance of successful fertilization. The prepared sperm are then placed in a laboratory dish with the eggs, and transferred to an incubator that maintains an optimal environment for fertilization.
The final step of the IVF procedure is to transfer the healthy embryos into the uterus. This is performed using a transfer catheter. After the transfer is complete, the patient will be given progesterone injections to increase the chances of successful embryo implantation in the uterus.
IVF is indicated for otherwise healthy women and couples who have been trying to conceive for a period of time without results. In general, doctors recommend that women who are under the age of 35 seek fertility treatment such as IVF after one year of trying to get pregnant; women who are over the age of 35 should seek treatment after six months of trying.
IVF treatment is ideal for infertility cases that are caused by:
- Ovulation disorders
- Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Low sperm count
- Poor sperm motility
- Other sperm problems
Ideal candidates for IVF are in good health. Patients should be within their ideal weight range, maintain a healthy diet, and work out regularly. Alcohol intake should be limited, and patients should not use tobacco products. Patients who are committed to a healthy lifestyle are the best candidates for IVF. Age can also play a role in the success of IVF. In general, women in their early 40s and younger are the most suitable candidates for IVF.
Contact Our Office to Learn More
Only a qualified fertility specialist can determine an individual or couple's eligibility for IVF treatment. If you would like to learn more about IVF or meet with one of our specialists to learn whether it is right for you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.