Everything You Didn't Know About IVF

Everything You Didn't Know About IVF

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has allowed millions of couples around the world to give birth to their own children since the first IVF baby was born almost 50 years ago. Today’s IVF allows people of all genders and a wide range of ages to start or add to their families. 

When you or your partner haven’t been able to get pregnant, Peter L. Chang, MD, our fertility expert at Noble Fertility Center, may recommend IVF. If you live or work in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood, set up a consultation to learn how we can help. Here’s what you should know about today’s IVF.

IVF has widespread applications

You can use IVF to finally have the baby of your dreams, even if you never thought of yourself as a candidate for the procedure. While IVF was originally developed for couples in which the woman had fertility issues, now many different kinds of couples with different needs can take advantage of IVF. You may benefit from IVF if:

You can also use donor eggs for IVF if you don’t have enough eggs or your eggs aren’t healthy enough.

Fertility drugs are safe

You may have read or heard that the fertility drugs you must take for IVF could raise your risk for certain types of cancers. However, studies haven’t demonstrated a relationship between fertility drugs and an increased risk for cancer.

More than millions of babies have been born thanks to IVF since it first became available. You can rest assured that the hormonal treatments you need for a successful pregnancy with IVF are safe for your baby, and for you, too.

IVF matches natural pregnancy rates

Healthy young couples without fertility issues only have about a 20% chance of getting pregnant during any month where they consistently have unprotected sex. If you undergo IVF, your success rate is similar: During each cycle, you have about a 20%-35% chance of becoming pregnant.

So, just as couples without fertility issues may take several months to become pregnant, you may need to undergo up to three cycles of IVF to achieve a viable pregnancy. Women under age 40 who undergo three cycles have a 45%-53% chance of becoming pregnant as a result.

IVF success rates decrease with age

If you’re considering IVF but aren’t sure you’re ready to make the commitment yet, know that the longer you delay, the less likely you are to achieve your dreams of having a baby. Just as your overall fertility declines with age, so do the health, viability, and number of your eggs. In fact, by the time you’re 40, you may only have about 25,000 eggs left.

The success rates for IVF in women over age 40 are so low that we don’t usually recommend committing to more than one IVF cycle. We also recommend against multiple IVF cycles if you have a low number of eggs left in your ovaries.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t become pregnant and carry a child to term. If you fail IVF with your own eggs, you may achieve success with donor eggs. We carefully screen our donors and their eggs to ensure your best chances of a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

You can use your own frozen eggs

Did you freeze your eggs when you were young? If so, you’ll be glad to know that using your own frozen eggs collected during the years when you were more fertile increases your chances of IVF success. 

Also, during each IVF cycle, we can freeze your excess eggs and even excess embryos. That way, you can later choose to give your IVF baby a biological sibling without undergoing another round of egg stimulation and retrieval.

You probably won’t have multiples … unless you want them.

In the early days of IVF, doctors implanted multiple embryos in a woman’s womb to increase her chances of carrying a baby to term. However, technology has advanced so far so quickly that we can now identify healthy, robust embryos before implantation. Almost all of the IVF implantations we do are performed with a single embryo.

Increase your chances for successful IVF by finding out if you and your partner are candidates for this cutting-edge, life-creating procedure today. Contact Noble Fertility Center today by phone or via our online booking form.

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