In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an amazing treatment option that can help patients who suffer from several types of infertility. At Fertility Center of San Antonio, we use advanced diagnostic techniques to discover the cause or causes of each patient's infertility. Some patients pursue IVF after other treatments have been unsuccessful. Others undergo IVF as a primary treatment option based on their diagnosis. In both cases, this treatment option has demonstrated consistently high success rates at our clinic. To understand more about IVF success rates, or to learn about the procedure and the many benefits of IVF, contact our San Antonio, TX, or Boerne, TX, office today.
Who Can Benefit From IVF?
For patients who have been deemed good candidates, IVF offers several benefits. The primary benefit of IVF is that it helps patients conceive who otherwise have been unsuccessful. IVF is recommended for patients and couples with both male and female infertility complications, including:
- Tubal Issues - When a female's fallopian tubes are blocked or non-functioning, they prevent eggs from traveling to the uterus where they can be fertilized. While surgical options can correct some fallopian tube complications, IVF is a common treatment option because eggs are harvested, fertilized, and placed directly in the uterus, bypassing the fallopian tubes entirely.
- Hormonal Fertility Disorders - Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) interferes with the ovaries' ability to properly release eggs and is due to a hormonal imbalance. For these patients, we often prescribe hormone-balancing medications along with IVF. These patients may be able to utilize their own eggs, while others use donated eggs.
- Uterine Disorders - In some cases, infertility occurs as a result of a physical complication with a woman's uterus. Endometriosis is one type of uterine disorder in which the natural lining of the uterus grows on its outside, causing infertility and other symptoms. By placing fertilized embryos directly within the uterus, we can increase the chances of pregnancy.
- Male Factor Infertility - If the male partner has a low sperm count or low sperm motility, IVF helps bypass the long journey that sperm must make to fertilize an egg. Sperm are gathered from a patient's semen sample and then combined with eggs in a laboratory, which greatly increases the chances of fertilization.
Meanwhile, if your doctor determines that you are an IVF candidate and you plan to use your own eggs to carry a pregnancy to term, you may qualify for Nature’s IVF™, also known as INVOcell™. This alternative procedure is similar to traditional IVF, but instead of incubation taking place in a lab, this process takes place within a special device implanted in the hopeful mother's vagina. This treatment has similar success rates and costs less per round. We can assess your candidacy for Nature's IVF during a consultation.
In addition to addressing several types of infertility, IVF provides some additional benefits. We provide preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS).
PGS testing screens the number of chromosomes in an embryo. This is performed in the laboratory after the egg and sperm have joined. PGS allows our specialists to select only embryos that have 46 chromosomes that are free from conditions like Down syndrome and Turner syndrome.
PGD tests for genetic defects in an embryo's individual genes. It can rule out embryos that have genetic defects that cause hemophilia, spinal muscular atrophy, Huntington's disease, and more.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
Deciding to pursue treatment for infertility is a highly personal decision. It is important that you understand the benefits of IVF as well as the physical, mental, and emotional processes that are associated with it. To meet with one of our skilled and compassionated doctors to learn more about IVF, schedule a consultation with us today.