IVF & Infertility Treatment

IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that is used to help people with infertility conceive a child. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse, and it affects approximately 10-15% of couples.

IVF involves the retrieval of mature eggs from a woman’s ovaries, which are then fertilized with sperm in a laboratory

dish. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the woman’s uterus with the goal of achieving a successful pregnancy.

Other types of infertility treatments include:

  1. Intrauterine insemination (IUI): This involves placing sperm directly into a woman’s uterus during ovulation to increase the chances of fertilization.

  2. Donor sperm or eggs: In cases where one partner has infertility or genetic disorders, donor sperm or eggs may be used to achieve pregnancy.

  3. Surrogacy: In cases where a woman is unable to carry a pregnancy to term, a surrogate may be used to carry the pregnancy to term.

  4. Fertility medications: These medications may be used to stimulate ovulation in women who have irregular or absent menstrual cycles.

  5. Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be used to correct conditions such as blocked fallopian tubes or uterine fibroids.

Infertility treatments can be complex and may involve multiple rounds of treatment. They also carry risks, including multiple pregnancies, ectopic pregnancy, and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. It is important to work with a healthcare provider who specializes in infertility treatment to determine the best course of action for each individual case.