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Does assisted fertility really work?

In vitro fertilization or IVF, has completely reformed the possibilities of extending people’s families and given new-found hope to millions of people worldwide. Since 1978, Over 8 million babies have been born through the use of IVF or other assisted reproductive technology and growing every year.

How does a fertility clinic work?
Fertility clinics are staffed with the most highly skilled and advanced specialists in the field of assisted reproduction. Reproductive endocrinologists, andrologists, embryologists, and genetics work alongside your personal OBGYN or physician in formulating your best possible treatment options. Classically Treatment includes ovulation induction or ovarian stimulation, ovarian picture, fertilization of eggs (IVF – invitro fertilization or ICSI – intracytoplasmic sperm injection), and embryo transfer. Alternatively, treatment may appear just as the artificial insemination, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) with partners sperm, or the use of an egg donor or sperm donor, if using own material is impossible.
Fertility clinics also provide with male surgical interventions like TESE, Micro TESE, MESE – all these methods are to get the best sperm and fertilize the egg with it, increasing the chance for success in case of male infertility.
What is In-Vitro-Fertilization (IVF)?
The IVF is a 5 step process which starts with ovarian stimulation – prescribed medication which matures a portion of your eggs and readiest them for fertilization. The physician then removes the eggs, by puncturing the vaginal wall under sedation. Step 3 is to mix eggs with sperm in a lab – to fertilize eggs. Then fertilized eggs grow and develop in the incubator – the cultivation process takes 5 days. Day 5 – it is the time to transfer 1 or 2 fertilized eggs (embryos) directly into your uterus. Fresh embryo transfer or frozen embryo transfer statistically have the same success rate.

Fertility clinics also provide with male surgical interventions like TESE, Micro TESE, MESE – all these methods are to get the best sperm and fertilize the egg with it, increasing the chance for success in case of male infertility.

Is it safe for my embryos to be frozen?
It is! Cryopreservation of eggs, sperm and embryos is a routine method which is called vitrification (immediate freezing in a liquid nitrogen at – 196C) Once cryopreserved material can be stored for many years and be defrosted lately without any harm. Embryos are highly tolerant of preservation, it is well known that from 10 cryopreserved embryos 9.9 will survive.
It is also perfectly known that kids born after vitrification are absolutely identical to naturally conceived children.
What is PGT-A, is it necessary to proceed?
Preimplantation Genetic Testing for aneuploidy is a method of embryo screening which helps to select the right viable embryo for the transfer. PGT-a assesses qualitative and number imbalance in all 23 pairs of embryonic chromosomes and 2 sex chromosomes, to exclude those with abnormalities and predict further miscarriages, missabortions or severe chromosomal diseases like Down’s syndrome, Kleinfelter and Turner syndrome etc. PGT-a also helps to verify the gender of embryo, which might be essential for families searching for balancing, or in terms of sex associated inherited diseases in the family.
Will my insurance cover my assisted reproduction costs?
With the exception of states with infertility coverage mandates, most insurance plans do not assist to any great extent for assisted reproduction services. Even in states that do require a mandate, you generally find very limited coverage being offered.
How do I compare clinics?
Various agencies throughout the world monitor outcome data and report on a regular basis. Agencies such as The Society of Reproductive Technology (SART) or Global Clinic Rating (GCR) compile data from all clinics within a certain region and rank each clinic by its overall success rate per treatment or procedure.
Can you help same-sex couples or a single individual seeking to extend their family?
Well, our short answer is, you bet! SurfingFertility has assisted countless families and individuals fulfill their dream of becoming parents, regardless of sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or race. Our nonjudgmental and supportive team of experts will match you will the very best egg or sperm donor programs available.
Does age play a factor in success rates?
Initially, IVF had been discussed most prevalently for women over the age of 35 trying to conceive, but as the technology has advanced, so too has the age limits. But like all things related to fertility, the odds of pregnancy increase for women under the age of 35, especially those wishing to use their own eggs.
Roughly in 35 y.o the chance to get a healthy child with her own eggs is almost 40%. Every next 5 years are decreasing these odds by half, making it quite impossible after 45 y.o
Does the father’s age impact embryo quality?
Unfortunately, a male’s age may also badly affect embryo development and compromise IVF outcome. It is considered that the cutoff for males is 45 y.o. After 45 the risk of male DNA associated abnormalities increases.
What should I mention while choosing a donor?

Choosing the egg or a sperm donor:

  • Donors should be under 35, but over 21 y.o, as it is proven that younger and older donors have a higher risk of embryo aneuploidy (chromosome’s imbalance)
  • Mind the blood type. It’s advisable to use the same blood and Rh type donor to yours or your partner.
  • Green eyes color is a mild brown eye sign, if you and your partner both have blue or grey- choose the same, otherwise, your child may have a different color.
  • Red hair occurs only in 3% of the population, it is absolutely not obvious that choosing a red-haired donor, your child will inherit it.
  • Be aware of the height, usually children (especially boys) are taller than their parents by approximately 8-10cm
  • If it is mentioned that the donor was screened for single genes diseases and some mutation has been revealed – it does not mean you can’t use this donor, but it is absolutely necessary to confirm that you are not carrying the same mutation.
Do IVF children differ from the naturally conceived kids?
According to the numerous investigations that have been completed within the last decade and that assessed physical, mental, psychological, behavioral status of IVF offsprings – there have been no evident facts of any difference found. What is interesting – IVF conceived people are at the same risk of infertility in the future as the overall population.