Texas Fertility Center reviews the types of patients who make good candidates for IVF
On the path to parenthood at our New Braunfels IVF center, you’ll learn about many types of fertility treatment. The treatment plan that you’ll pursue will depend on your unique fertility needs, family-building goals and budget. In some cases, Susan Hudson MD may recommend in vitro fertilization, especially if you are one of the candidates for IVF.
A quick look at in vitro fertilization
IVF is a proven fertility treatment that allows Dr. Hudson to bypass many barriers to conception. This multi-step process begins with ovarian stimulation, which requires you to take hormonal medications to stimulate egg production. When the time is right, you will come to our New Braunfels IVF center for an outpatient egg retrieval procedure.
Our experienced embryologists in the IVF lab will combine your eggs with sperm from your partner or a donor. After fertilization, they will monitor the growth and development of the resulting embryos for several days. Then, Dr. Hudson will transfer one of the best-quality embryos (as determined by preimplantation genetic testing or embryo grading) to your uterus.
Who are good candidates for IVF?
Our New Braunfels IVF center finds there are many reasons to pursue IVF, as in vitro fertilization can help overcome many causes of female and male infertility. The following list reveals the types of patients who make good candidates for IVF.
Women over age 35 tend to have fewer eggs and more of those eggs tend to have chromosomal abnormalities that can lead to miscarriage or birth defects. IVF allows our team to perform testing to select the embryo that is the most-likely to develop into a healthy baby.
Patients with blocked fallopian tubes can experience infertility because the sperm cannot reach the egg, or the fertilized egg cannot reach the uterus. In vitro fertilization allows Dr. Hudson to completely bypass the fallopian tubes.
Men with male fertility issues, like a low or absent sperm count, contribute to about 40% of infertility cases. IVF allows our embryologists to fertilize the eggs using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). It makes fertilization possible, even with very few sperm.
Women who have experienced recurrent miscarriage are also candidates for IVF. Pregnancy loss is often due to an embryo having too many or too few chromosomes. In vitro fertilization and genetic testing can determine which embryos have the appropriate number of chromosomes.
Patients who haven’t found success with other treatments can often welcome a baby using in vitro fertilization. This is because IVF has a much higher success rate than other family-building options like ovarian stimulation and artificial insemination.
Having a faster path to pregnancy is one of the many reasons to pursue IVF
In vitro fertilization is also a great option for patients who want to bring home a healthy baby faster. This treatment allows Dr. Hudson to transfer the embryo that is the most-likely to result in a healthy pregnancy and baby. As such, you can have greater confidence that your treatment cycle will help you become a parent.
If you’d like to explore in vitro fertilization at our New Braunfels IVF center, contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you welcome your bundle of joy.