The success of in vitro fertilization for getting pregnant depends on a few things. Here’s what affects your chances of getting pregnant with IVF, plus a link to an article about tips for making IVF successful.
This info is from an embryologist who explains IVF pregnancy statistics, as well as info about sperm washing and the cost of infertility treatments.
If you’re thinking about IVF, learn as much as you can – and not just from your fertility clinic! The Couple’s Guide to In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need to Know to Maximize Your Chances of Success is a terrific resource.
And, here are a few facts about fertility treatments…
Getting Pregnant With In Vitro Fertilization
I recently read in the Vancouver Sun newspaper that women over 40 (that’s me!) have a 7% chance of getting pregnant with in vitro fertilization. Doesn’t that just slay you? It did me. So now I have to decide if fertility treatments are worth it…but first I have to get a fibroid removed. No fun.
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, remember that infertility isn’t a “female problem.” If you can’t get pregnant, there’s a 33% chance that it’s a male fertility problem, a 33% chance it’s a female problem, and a 33% chance it’s “unexplained infertility.” The best way to tell where the problem lies is for both partners to get tested.
Here’s what affects the success of in vitro fertilization and your chances of getting pregnant…
IVF Sperm Washing Isn’t a Perfect Science
In vitro fertilization involves a sperm washing process, which routinely loses the majority of the sperm. If you are bringing in a specimen to the lab to be processed, the sperm cells are purified from the ejaculate before being used and many get discarded. This may not matter if you are having a high tech fertility procedure like ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), where a single sperm is directly injected into each egg.
However, if you’re doing routine IVF inseminations, you want every available sperm to have the opportunity to swim to the egg. A cervical cap can help keep the semen in contact with the cervical opening, safe from the acidic vaginal environment.
So, though your chances of getting pregnant with in vitro fertilization depend on the lab, there are things you can do to increase your success rate.
What Are Your Chances of Getting Pregnant With IVF?
Unfortunately, fertility treatments like IVF have low successful pregnancy rates. They’re very expensive, averaging $800 per month for intrauterine inseminations (IUI) and $12,000 to $15,000 per cycle for in vitro fertilization. For women in their mid to late thirties, the success rate for in vitro fertilization is between 20-30%. The chances of getting pregnant with IVF are even lower for women in their early forties.
Your chances of pregnancy with in vitro fertilization may depend on the clinic and specialists. Some fertility clinics boast higher rates of pregnancies, depending on the age and health status of their clients and how they define “successful pregnancy.”
To learn more, read 5 Reasons In Vitro Fertilization Doesn’t Work.
How Much Do Infertility Treatments Cost?
A recent nationwide survey of women trying to get pregnant showed that 21% of women spend more than two years and $10,000 on fertility treatments. Many people think that seeing the fertility doctor will be the final and only answer to their fertility difficulties. It may well be worthwhile to consider at-home fertility options before or even after in vitro fertilization.
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it’s important to educate yourself! Learn all you can about your body. Ask your fertility specialist questions and read materials from reliable sources. Also, learn about all of the treatment options for fertility – as well as different ways to start a family.
Being proactive about your health will not only help you get pregnant faster, it’ll also give you a greater sense of well being.
To learn more about in vitro fertilization and other types of assisted conception, read Fertility Treatments – 8 Ways to Treat Infertility and Get Pregnant.
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