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IVF has been the answer to millions of people struggling with fertility… but is it the right treatment for you? Choosing IVF is an investment of your time and resources, and we’re not going to pretend it’s for the faint of heart. As with any medical treatment, there are certain people who are better candidates for IVF than others. We want to help you attain the right information about IVF and who benefits from it before you make the big decision for yourself.
First, IVF may be a great option to consider if you and your partner have struggled to get pregnant for six months or more. It also may be the next line of treatment for couples who haven’t been successful with some of the other less involved fertility treatments such as fertility medications or IUI (intrauterine insemination).
IVF is a good option for people who have many of the common causes of infertility. Whether you are suffering from male factor infertility, tubal factor infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, decreased ovarian reserve, or any kind of unexplained infertility, you may be an ideal candidate for IVF.
On the other hand, women with certain conditions such as fibroid tumors, uterine abnormalities, or ovarian dysfunction may have an increased risk of IVF failure. Women who are obese may also struggle with successful IVF because of decreased egg quality and the way fertility medications affect their bodies. However, none of the above conditions completely rules out IVF and you should consult your doctor about whether IVF may still be a good option for you.
People who want more control over their pregnancy may find IVF the ideal option. For instance, you may want to have your baby at a certain time instead of risking not getting pregnant by trying to conceive naturally or with the help of other fertility treatments. If you’re single, you may want to have a baby on your own timeline using IVF without a partner. Since IVF treatments also screen for chromosomal abnormalities, you may also want to undergo IVF to improve your chances of having a genetically healthy baby.
We hope this blog has helped you gain more knowledge about IVF and whether it’s the right treatment option for you. We believe in empowering our patients with relevant information that will make their fertility journey as effective as possible. If you have more questions about whether IVF is right for you, get in touch with a fertility specialist at the Alabama Center for Reproductive Medicine by clicking here today.