Since its inception, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, has helped millions of people looking to start or expand their families realize their dreams of becoming pregnant. At our state-of-the-art fertility center, the Center for Assisted Reproduction in Dallas, IVF candidates can look forward to compassionate care from trusted experts who have the skills and knowledge to give them the best chances possible of having healthy babies. Truly, we are in the business of making dreams come true.
Unfortunately, not all hopeful parents are suitable candidates for IVF. During consultations at one of our four convenient office locations, prospective patients are carefully evaluated and advised honestly and openly of their chances of benefiting from IVF. Are you a good candidate for the procedure? The following criteria for candidacy will give you a general idea of the answer; however, the only way to know for sure is to meet with one of our fertility specialists.
Good Candidates for IVF
IVF is a potentially good option for any woman who has:
- Had difficulty becoming pregnant through natural means combined with fertility medications or intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- Tubal issues, including blocked or missing fallopian tubes
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Abnormal ovulation cycles
IVF may also be effective in couples who cannot conceive due to male factor infertility, as well as in women who cannot produce healthy eggs and who are willing to use donor eggs as part of the IVF process.
The ability to establish reasonable expectations is also essential to any good IVF candidate. Although IVF has a good rate of success among suitable candidates for the procedure, results are by no means guaranteed. Some patients require several IVF cycles before achieving pregnancy, while some never achieve pregnancy. While we encourage our patients to maintain hope and faith throughout the IVF process, we also want them to understand that it can be long, heartbreaking road if success is elusive.
Less Suitable Candidates for IVF
The more willing patients are to use donor eggs as part of their IVF treatment, the more likely they are to be good candidates for the procedure. Donor eggs are necessary to the treatment of women whose ovaries do not produce healthy eggs. They can also improve the chances of successful pregnancy in women over the age of 38. Between the ages of 39 and 44, many women have healthy eggs, but face a reduced likelihood of achieving pregnancy. The chances of achieving pregnancy with donor eggs are significantly higher for women past their late 30s; however, the chance of miscarriage is unfortunately also higher than in younger women.
Women with fibroid tumors, hormonal problems, and uterine dysfunction may also be less-than-ideal candidates for IVF. However, only an experienced fertility specialist can evaluate candidacy - don’t allow the presence of any of these conditions prevent you from investigating IVF and other treatments available at our fertility center.
Learn More about IVF Candidacy
To learn more about IVF candidacy, or to schedule an appointment to learn whether you are a good candidate for IVF, please contact the Center for Assisted Reproduction today.