• IVF Options to Help With Your Pregnancy

    Over 60,000 couples every year have used in vitro fertilization to successfully become parents. That means somewhere around 1-2% of all births in the U.S. owe thanks to this particular fertility treatment. For those couples, IVF options are an invaluable help, making it possible to experience the joy and happiness that comes with becoming a parent.

    As the most popular fertility treatment in the world, IVF has a well established reputation for success. That?s why knowing your IVF options can help you experience a happy, healthy, and successful pregnancy.

    Are There Different Types of IVF?

    IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. It?s a process by which genetic material is collected from both parents and fertilization is achieved in a lab. A small collection of eggs are gathered from the mother-to-be, as are sperm from the potential father. Fertilization occurs under controlled conditions in a lab, removing a significant number of biological variables from the pregnancy process.

    Once fertilization has been successfully achieved, the egg is implanted back into the uterus of the mother. If the egg then attaches to the uterine wall, a viable pregnancy usually results. Often, this means a healthy and normal pregnancy from start to finish.

    ?Types? of IVF tend not to be defined by medical criteria–which are fairly uniform–but rather by common patient and familiar configurations:

    It should be noted that IVF is sometimes used quite inaccurately as a catch-all term for fertility treatments of any kind. If you want to know more about the different types of fertility treatments available, you can find more information on our blog or schedule a visit.

    For most parents, IVF treatments will take at least three weeks to complete (some couples and candidates stretch out that time, depending on their needs and schedules). But the end result is often a successful, happy pregnancy–the end of one journey and the beginning of another! 

    Are There Risks Associated With IVF?

    While it is a wildly successful procedure, parents who are thinking over their IVF options should be aware of the risks that can be associated with this procedure. In general, these risks are minimal and uncommon. As with any medical procedure, understanding your risks on an individual level can help you make a more informed decision about how to proceed.

    Some of the most common risks associated with IVF include:

    This list is not exhaustive, of course. There are other risks associated with IVF, but most of them are minor and can be screened and tested for by your OBGYN. It should also be noted that, as with natural pregnancy, miscarriage and preterm birth are both possible risks. There is, notably, no research that conclusively points to IVF as increasing the risk for either of those outcomes.

    If you?re thinking about undergoing an IVF procedure, you?ll want to talk to your OBGYN about your possible risk factors. 

    Is IVF Usually Successful?

    IVF is well known for its high success rate. In part, that?s because couples often attempt IVF in multiple instances. If the first attempt does not succeed, you can continue trying until you become pregnant. The best studies and research have found that, generally:

    Even after the end of the eight cycle, some women will continue to attempt IVF, eventually finding success.

    The vast majority of these pregnancies are successfully completed, leading to a happy baby and a healthy family.

    Personal Factors

    While there is no guaranteed recipe for success with any fertility treatment, several factors can influence how successful or effective your IVF treatment might be. Some of the known such factors can include:

    There are other, less common factors that may influence your success with IVF. Most women, however, can and do successfully become pregnant via this method, especially over time.

    Know Your IVF Options

    The best way to become familiar with your IVF options is to talk to an OBGYN who is familiar with your medical history. For women and couples who have been trying to start a family but run into fertility troubles, IVF can provide a welcome way forward. For many, IVF is a proven way to make their dreams of having children become reality.

    There are costs involved, of course. IVF can sometimes represent a significant financial and emotional investment. But for those who have successfully welcomed a baby into their families, there?s no doubt that this investment is worth it.
    If you want to know more about your IVF options and whether or not a referral to see a fertility specialist is needed, contact our Wilmette or Glenview offices.