When it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF), proper planning is one of the keys to success. That's why it's important to undergo various preparation tests and screenings. This is simply to increase the potential for successful pregnancy and live birth and to prevent any major birth defects. Discussions about age and viability of treatment will also come into consideration.
The team here at Fertility Center of San Antonio would like to look over some of the basics when patients prepare for IVF. These tests and screenings are common and quite helpful.
Screening for Infectious Disease and Genetic Disorders
One of the most important parts of the pre-treatment process is the screening for infectious disease (e.g., HIV/AIDS) and potential health problems that may be genetic in nature. Detecting these kinds of issues before starting treatment will allow fertility specialists to advise patients about alternatives to consider other than in vitro fertilization (IVF) as a means of preventing hardships for a baby and the couple going forward.
Testing a Woman's Ovarian Reserve
Testing the ovarian reserve refers to assessing the quality and quantity of a woman's eggs. This can involve testing hormone levels and also using ultrasound imaging to note the condition of the ovaries. If any issues are detected, alternatives or solutions can be considered, such as the use of donor eggs.
Analysis of Semen
Analysis of the quality of the semen is also important to keep in mind. This can account for sperm density, sperm motility, and sperm count. Poor semen quality may mean the use of donor sperm is ideal for successful treatment to ensure successful pregnancy and live birth.
Examining the Uterine Cavity
A woman's uterine health is extremely important to consider given the needs of the developing child. Assessments of a woman's uterine cavity will determine her viability of carrying a baby to term should she become pregnant. Should the results of this exam show the potential for complications, it may be a good idea to find a surrogate carrier for your needs.
Conducting a Practice Embryo Transfer
Some fertility specialists may want to perform a mock embryo transfer to make further assessments of the uterine cavity and determine if the process will be viable given the needs of the patient.
Consultations for Addressing Concerns and Answering Questions
In addition to all of the screenings, our team will be more than happy to go over the risks and benefits of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, including a discussion of multiple pregnancies. Knowing the risks and benefits provides realistic expectations about treatment and can ensure that you are ready for the IVF process.
Schedule a Consultation at Fertility Center of San Antonio
To learn more about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and how we can hep you start the family that you have always wanted, be sure to contact our team of reproductive medicine and fertility specialists today. At Fertility Center of San Antonio, we will go over all of your options for fertility treatment so you can start the family that you have always wanted.