Who are the best candidates for IVF?
IVF, also known as in vitro fertilization, is an assisted reproductive technology in which a woman’s eggs are manually fertilized in a laboratory dish. After undergoing hormone therapy to induce hyperstimulation of the ovaries, the female’s eggs are harvested and fertilized using the intended father’s or donor’s sperm. The embryos are then implanted into the uterus approximately three to five days following fertilization.
Is IVF right for you? Common reasons
EndometriosisIn vitro fertilization is often recommended for women who are struggling to achieve pregnancy due to endometriosis, or a condition in which the endometrium tissue normally found inside the uterus is displaced throughout the pelvic cavity. IVF may be right for you if your endometriosis is the result of a blockage within the fallopian tubes due to adhesions or scarring, which prevents the egg from becoming fertilized or traveling to the uterus after fertilization.
Fallopian Tube DamageEven if you are not suffering from endometriosis, blockage or damage to the fallopian tubes may still occur and impede pregnancy. In most cases, fallopian tube damage or blockage is caused by chronic inflammation of the fallopian tubes due to a sexually transmitted infection such as chlamydia. However, as with fallopian tube blockages due to endometriosis, women suffering from this type of infertility can achieve pregnancy through in vitro fertilization.
Ovulatory ComplicationsWomen who are unable to become pregnant due to an ovulation disorder may be candidates for IVF. This includes women whose ovaries have suffered from injuries or tumors that inhibit their abilities to produce eggs, as well as women who are taking certain medications for other conditions that inadvertently stop the ovulation process.
Male Infertility FactorsIVF’s usefulness isn’t limited to female infertility. In fact, a number of couples turn to in vitro fertilization because they are unable to achieve pregnancy due to low sperm counts or poor sperm motility.
For additional information about the eligibility requirements for in vitro fertilization, contact Dallas IVF at (469) 287-8179. You contact us to learn more about the services we provide.