At Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health here in Scottsdale, we always strive to answer all questions and address all concerns that our patients may have. This commitment to patient care is our way of improiving the success and effectiveness of the fertility treatment services we provide. It's with this in mind that we would like to go over the basics of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and who the best candidates are for treatment.
About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an assisted reproduction treatment that is extremely well known and generally quite effective. During IVF treatment, an egg is fertilized in a controlled lab setting and then allowed to incubate and undergo cellular division. When ready, the embryo is placed into the uterus to be carried to term.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Can Address Male and Female Infertility
In vitro fertilization (IVF) has proven effective in addressing both male infertility issues and female infertility issues. This is a given considering the way the procedure is performed. During the consultation process, we can make key assessments about your suitability for IVF and how the process can be tailored to meet all of your needs.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Patient Age: Important Concerns
It's crucial that a woman undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) be generally in her early-to-mid 30s or younger. As women get older, particularly after their early-30s, the chances of miscarriage and birth defects increase. This is actually a natural part of the aging process and female fertility. With regard to IVF in particular, there is a noticeable decrease in success rates in women older than 30.
Realistic Expectations About Success Rates and the Treatment Process
Even though in vitro fertilization (IVF) has proven very effective for many patients, it's of the utmost importance that all patients have realistic expectations about the treatment process and what it entails. This includes knowing all risks and benefits as well as the success rates and side effects of treatment. Realistic expectations are an important part of ensuring patient satisfaction and the best possible results for all forms of fertility treatment.
Treatments Used with or as Alternatives to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In addition to in vitro fertilization (IVF), there are other fertility treatments that may increase the chances of success of IVF or prove to be helpful as alternatives to IVF. This includes:
- The use of donor eggs
- The use of donor sperm
- The services of a surrogate carrier for an embryo
All of these can be discussed in greater detail during your visit to our practice and your consultation for IVF. We will make sure that you understand all options out there so that you can start the family that you have always wanted to have.
Schedule a Consultation with Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health
To learn more about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and how it can help you start the family that you have always wanted, be sure to contact our team of fertility treatment specialists today. At Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health, we will go over all of your options for care and provide ample information on all treatments so you can make a well-informed decision.