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Benefits of
In-Vitro Fertilization

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) can be a beneficial and effective treatment for some groups of patients who have infertility.

ivf-can-be-beneficialIVF is a combination of a medical treatment and a surgical procedure in which the woman is given high doses of hormones to cause her ovaries to produce many eggs.

The eggs are then retrieved from the ovaries and her partner’s sperm are then allowed to fertilize the eggs outside the body.

Once the eggs begin growing they are inserted into the woman’s uterus in the hope implantation and pregnancy will occur.

The main benefit of IVF is that it allows couples to overcome the common causes of infertility listed below.

Unexplained Infertility

Some couples do not have a diagnosed reason for their infertility. This is called unexplained infertility. In-vitro fertilization allows egg and sperm to join together outside of the woman’s body and start growing in a controlled, monitored environment free from any harmful influences.

Severe Tubal Disease

Some women have extensively damaged fallopian tubes from pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or from severe intra-abdominal infections. In-vitro is designed to bypass the tubes by allowing conception to occur outside the body. The fertilized eggs are then introduced into the uterus in the hope of pregnancy.

Chemotherapy

In-vitro fertilization allows women who are being treated for cancer with chemotherapy to be able to have children. Chemotherapy can destroy or damage the eggs within the ovary. Before undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer, some women may have their eggs harvested, frozen, and saved for possible attempts to have a child after the cancer treatment is completed.

Low Sperm Counts

When sperm are defective or sperm counts are extremely low, IVF can be used to become pregnant. IVF can work for these conditions because sperm are placed directly next to the egg, and, in some cases, sperm are injected into the egg using Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) to allow pregnancy to occur.

Absent Ovaries

IVF can be used for a woman without ovaries. In this unique situation, eggs must be donated from another woman.

Absent Uterus

IVF treatment can allow a woman to have a child if she does not have a uterus. The eggs must harvested from the patient’s ovaries and are then placed inside another woman’s uterus (gestational carrier).

Older Age

In-vitro fertilization can be used to allow women over the age of 42 to have better chances at becoming pregnant.

To obtain this reproductive advantage, donor eggs (eggs from another woman younger than 30) must be used.

IVF in Summary

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IVF has a well-established place in the treatment of infertility.

IVF can be a very beneficial treatment for couples with any of the above problems causing infertility.

For women who have had a tubal ligation then having their tubal ligations surgically reversed may be the single best step to allow natural conception and pregnancy to occur.

When tubal ligation is the only cause of infertility, then tubal ligation reversal surgery can often be the best choice for women.

4 thoughts on “Benefits of In-Vitro Fertilization”

  1. Jeannette says:

    I just turned 45 last month. My boyfriend of the last 12yrs is 38. We are wanting to have a child together. I had a tubial ligation when I was 35. I was wondering if we had any options with my age? Please help!!

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      Tubal reversal would restore your natural fertility. Call us at (919) 968-4656 8am to 5pm eastern standard time and we would be happy to speak with you.

      The following link will answer most of your questions about reversal. This is the MOST HELPFUL INFORMATION to read when considering reversal at our office. Each question has a link to more information about the question: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

  2. Crystal says:

    I just turned 44 in August and my partner and I want to have a child together. I had tubial ligation when I was 20 years. His sperm count at one time was in the 500,00’s which I understand is low but that was taken several years ago. We don’t know which direction to go because of all the clear obstacles. Can someone please advise as we are wanting to do this as soon as possible.

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      Crystal
      It would be best to repeat the sperm count. If it is very low you would need to have IVF with ICSI.If you have IVF they are going to recommend you use donor eggs to increase the chance of pregnancy because of your age.

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