Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Can IVF Help Me Get Pregnant?

No matter what sort of fertility problems you've been diagnosed with, like many couples, you may be considering IVF. Help from this highly technical procedure has been shown to increase the odds of pregnancy for a variety of fertility problems. Here are just a few ideas of how it can help you become pregnant sooner than you thought possible.

Female Factor Problems
Some of the most common female infertility problems include tubal blockage or removal, lack of quality eggs to fertilize, PCOS, and endometriosis. All of these problems severely limit your odds of getting pregnant naturally, and some may even totally preclude a natural pregnancy. Another problem that is becoming more common is simply maternal age, but if you're trying to conceive over the age of thirty-five, IVF can more than likely help out.

There are a couple of reasons that IVF can help bypass some of these issues. Many of them, such as PCOS and low quality eggs are actually solved in part by the medications that go along with IVF. You see, when you start a round of IVF, you'll be given several types of medications and some hormones that will increase the number of eggs that you produce as well as their quality, more often than not. This simply means that there are more eggs to become fertilized than you would naturally have.

IVF can also bypass tubal problems because it totally skips the tubes. Normally, an egg is fertilized in the fallopian tubes on its way to the uterus. So, if the fallopian tubes are blocked, the egg simply dissolves, unfertilized, or maybe ends up in a dangerous ectopic pregnancy. With IVF, though, the eggs are taken directly from the ovaries and inserted into the uterus as fertilized embryos, making the problem of tubal blockage practically disappear.

Male Factor Infertility
Infertility that is a problem with the male is common, to, especially issues with things like low sperm count and low motility. Sometimes this creates an issue of the sperm simply being unable to get to the egg, so IVF can definitely help with that. Basically, the eggs will be harvested, and then the male will donate sperm, either through the natural process of ejaculation or, if problems are more severe, through extraction. The sperm are washed to weed out the weaker ones, and then they are combined with the eggs to fertilize them. By the time the eggs are inserted into the womb, they are already embryos ready to grow into healthy babies.

If male factor infertility problems are very bad, there is an added procedure called ICSI that can help overcome these problems. During this delicate procedure, sperm are individually inserted into eggs, so there is no chance of eggs going unfertilized, even if sperm count is particularly low.

Unexplained Infertility
This is probably one of the most heartbreaking of infertility problems because no one knows just how to fix what can't be explained in the first place. However, IVF has very good success rates for couples who have infertility that just can't be pinned down. Sometimes in the process of IVF, you'll find out what the problem actually is. Other times, you'll simply overcome the problem without ever figuring out what its cause was!

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