Infertility is a medical condition and not a lifestyle choice. A woman’s fertility decreases as age increases. Besides this there are many other reasons that attribute to her infertility. As a result IVF is becoming increasingly popular these days, and more and more women are utilizing IVF to achieve pregnancy. IVF is short form for Invitro fertilization. The word ‘Invitro vitro’ is a Latin word which implies “within the glass”. The first in vitro fertilization baby was Lousie Brown who was born in UK in the year 1978. IVF is a process wherein the baby is conceived outside the body and is considered as the most effective assisted reproductive technology.
IVF procedure explained:
IVF procedure involves the removal of eggs from the ovaries and combining them with the sperm in a culture dish in the laboratory under controlled laboratory conditions. For this purpose the production of healthy eggs is stimulated, monitored and then collected. For boosting the production of eggs fertility drugs are administered to the woman. Usually a healthy woman produces a single egg every month. However these fertility drugs stimulate the ovaries to create multiple eggs. A small surgery is done to retrieve the eggs from the woman’s body.
Then the sperms are secured and mixed with the eggs under an environment for fertilization in a laboratory. The joining of the sperm and the egg is called as insemination. This facilitates the embryo growth. This is checked often by the laboratory people to make sure that the embryo is growing properly. Then the embryo is transferred into the uterine cavity 3 to 5 days after egg recovery and fertilization with the hope to implant and grow into a healthy baby.
Who is best suited for IVF treatment:
The following are the conditions under which a couple can opt for IVF:
1. Couples with male factor issues like, low sperm count, no sperm count and problems related to sperm functioning and motility which can prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg on its own.
2. Ovarian problems which inhibits the release or production of eggs.
3. Woman with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes. This makes it difficult for the eggs to be fertilized or for the embryo to travel to the Uterus.
4. Woman with severe endometriosis, fibroid tumors, abnormal Uterus shape and couples with secondary infertility issues.
5. The inability of sperm to enter or survive in the cervical mucous.
6. Woman with unexplained infertility issues can also resort to IVF treatment.
Cost of IVF:
IVF is considered as a complicated and expensive procedure. This method is generally resorted to by couples when other less expensive fertility treatments have failed. The huge cost involved in this process is due to the extensive medical help required and the implementation of specialized techniques. However, IVF treatment on the Gold Coast and in most of Australia is more affordable then in other developed countries. An IVF treatment cycle costs about $2000 on account of the Medicare rebate.
Success rates of IVF process:
The success rates of IVF treatment mainly depends on the woman’s age, reason for infertility, where the procedure is done and of course the health condition of the reproductive organs. However with the advancements in technology the chances of conception through IVF procedure has drastically improved.
Scientists have developed a new IVF treatment procedure and have showed that it is possible to select the healthy embryos by considering the amount of their glucose intake. That is truly amazing isn’t it? So, why not couples who long for children give IVF a try?