This medical process can seem very overwhelming and confusing at first, so we have created a simple intro guide on what couples should know about the IVF procedure to feel more comfortable about this life-changing process.
Problems with infertility are extremely common
While you may feel alone in coping with infertility, remember that it is actually much more common than you may think. In fact, about one in six couples experience some type of fertility issue when trying to conceive. The causes of infertility also differ on a case by case basis: about one-third of infertility cases are due to issues with the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner, and another one-third by a combination of issues in both partners.
With IVF, conception won't happen overnight
IVF is a procedure in which a doctor removes eggs from a woman's ovaries, fertilizes them outside of the body, then plants the fertilized eggs back inside the womb. Because the eggs have to be taken during a period of ovulation, it will take time to retrieve the eggs. During the entire IVF cycle, expect to go to your fertility center multiple times for screenings, tests, and implantation.
The younger you are, the better your chances of conception
Generally, women are the most fertile between the ages of 20 and 24, yet fertility is different for each and every woman that comes into our Michigan fertility center. A woman's general fertility rate will start to decrease around the age of 35 and decrease rapidly after the age of 40. Even so, every woman's body is unique; the IVF process has worked for many women over the age of 35.
Some women require multiple IVF treatments
Typically, each IVF treatment has a success rate of 35%, so you may have to go through more than one cycle before creating a viable embryo. Before starting this process, it's important to manage your own expectations. Remember, patience is key when trying to start your family.
Our Michigan fertility center can help you and your partner achieve the family you've been waiting for. If you are interested in learning more about the IVF process, call us today.