What Everyone Should Know About IVF – Infertility Treatment Options
What everybody ought to know — about using IVF to cure infertility. IVF is short for In Vitro Fertilization which was introduced to the USA over 32 years ago. Initially, pregnancies resulting from IVF were called Test Tube Babies.
Out of the million of women worldwide struggling with infertility, only 3% of couples with infertility will try to get pregnant via IVF. To date, over 3 million babies throughout the world have been conceived using IVF. In the USA, IVF has produced over 52,000 babies for couples with infertility. This translates to about 1 percent of all births in the country.
Depending on your age, cause of infertility, financial situation, insurance coverage, and your religious beliefs, the IVF treatment plan you may use to help you get pregnant will vary from one couple to another.
Common IVF infertility treatments options are as follows:
- IUI (Intrauterine insemination) is infertility treatment with or without egg production stimulation medication. The female egg is not touched. The partner gives a fresh semen sample and it is washed and inserted into the womb with a small catheter during ovulating.
- Traditional IVF infertility treatment. IVF infertility treatment always uses injectable medication to stimulate the production of several eggs. Once the female eggs are ripened to a particular size and quantity, they are surgically removed with a specialized needle under guided ultrasound. The whole process takes about 10 minutes to retrieve 4-16 eggs. The egg and sperm are placed together in a special dish and put into an incubator to allow for natural conception to occur. After 3-5 days the fertilized ovum’s or eggs are inserted into the woman womb via a special catheter and hopefully the fertilized egg(s) will implant into her womb and a baby will grow.
- ICSI IVF infertility treatment. The initial steps of an ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) infertility treatment are similar to IVF, except the egg is removed from the female and instead of letting sperm penetrate the egg naturally, one single sperm is injected into the egg to improve the conception rate. Following conception the fertilized egg will be placed in an incubator as in traditional IVF. A few days later the fertilized ovum’s or eggs will be placed into the female womb in hope that her body will receive the pregnancy.
- GIFT IVF The initial steps of GIFT (Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer) treatment are similar to traditional IVF. The female eggs are hyper-stimulated and removed. Both eggs and sperms are inspected and washed. Then they are placed together into a special catheter for insertion directly into the woman’s fallopian tubes. At no point are the eggs or sperm allowed to fertilize in the laboratory. Fertilization will take place within the woman’s body. GIFT IVF treatment is the only assisted reproductive technology accepted by the Catholic Church, provided that the semen sample is not obtained through masturbation. The Catholic Church requires that the semen specimen be obtained through natural intercourse with your partner using a condom. The condom sample is then used for the process, which naturally reduces the amount of sperm collected.
There are many things you can do to increase the success rate of IVF infertility treatment and in many cases you may get pregnant naturally as I did, after IVF treatment failed me.