There are many different issues that can affect fertility, and thankfully there are also plenty of options to consider if you would like to start a family of your own. Our fertility centers offer the latest in assisted reproductive technology, assisting people who suffer from even the most advanced issues with infertility.
One of the most popular assisted reproduction options out there is in vitro fertilization (IVF). We'd like to take a few moments right now to go over the basics of IVF and its rates of success among patients.
About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a fertility treatment that involves the insemination and fertilization of eggs in a lab setting so that they can be transferred into the womb and carried to term. It's ideal for those who are struggling with either female or male infertility issues of various kinds.
On the Success Rates of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
When it comes to the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF), there are a few factors or issues to consider:
- Pregnancy rate - This refers to the number of pregnancies that result from IVF
- Live birth rate - This refers to the number of live births that result from IVF
- Patient age - The age of the patient has an impact on overall success
As of 2009, the average pregnancy rate from IVF for patients of all ages was estimated at 29.4%; the average live birth rate was roughly 22.4%.
Live Birth and Pregnancy Rates By Age for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
The following numbers come from a 2009 summary by the Society for Reproductive Medicine:
- Women younger than 35 - Pregnancy rate 47.6%; live birth rate 41.4%
- Women 35 to 37 - Pregnancy rate 38.9%; live birth rate 31.7%
- Women 38 to 40 - Pregnancy rate 30.1%; live birth rate 22.3%
- Women 41 to 42 - Pregnancy rate 20.5%; live birth rate 12.6%
As you can see, the age of the mother will have a major impact on the success of the procedure, which is to be expected given the nature of reproductive health in older women.
Other Factors That Affect In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Success
In addition to age, the heath and viability of the eggs, sperm, and a woman's anatomy can also have a major impact on the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF). It's for that reason that IVF can be considered a sort of hub for other assisted reproduction procedures which can enhance the effectiveness of treatment, such as:
- Egg Donation - The use of eggs from a select donor
- Sperm Donation - The use of sperm from a select donor
- Gestational Carriers - A woman who agrees to carry an embryo to term
During your consultation at our practice, we will be sure to go over all of your options for advanced fertility treatment so that you can make the best choices for you and your needs.
Learn More About Assisted Reproduction Techniques and Services
If you would like to learn more about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and your many other options out there for overcoming infertility issues, be sure to contact our Texas fertility treatment and assisted reproduction centers today. With locations in Fort Worth, Bedford, and Frisco, we can help men and women all over the state who would like to make their dreams of having a family come true.