March 2020

WHAT IS IVF TREATMENT? – THE SECRET TO SUCCESS

Nowadays, In Vitro Fertilization became a widely known and almost a household word. It stands for an assisted reproductive technology (ART) commonly referred to as IVF. Such a process of fertilization involves combining eggs and sperm outside the body in a laboratory. It is mostly done by extracting eggs/egg donation, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. And afterwards, embryo(s) are usually transferred to the uterus. [1]

Only a while ago - IVF was known as an extremely complicated procedure of the infertility treatment. As result, all babies being born from IVF were called test-tube babies. The first IVF procedure was performed in the UK by Louise Brown. Being born in England in 1978, Doctor Brown has gained an international fame by helping the first such baby to be conceived outside the mother's womb.

Comparing IVF to the procedure of the artificial insemination (when sperm is placed into the uterus and conception happens normally) - it is rather complex and more expensive process. [2] Therefore, it’s usually chosen by significantly less number of the couples. Despite this fact, IVF treatment results are highly successful across the best international hospitals. IVF success chances rise in the case of selecting an excellent medical staff in the world recognized clinique - such as Medical Travel Czech that provides IVF in Prague. Moreover, another components of success include a thoughtful preparing for the treatment and paying enough attention to aftercare.

 

WHAT IS IVF TREATMENT?

 

Why and when is IVF Used?

It is very important to know that IVF with egg donation is not always considered to be the first step in the treatment of infertility. Exception is made for the cases when tubes are completely blocked and there are no alternate procedures to increase the couples’ chances for getting a baby.

Otherwise, there is a range of various treatments can be suggested – such as fertility medication, surgery or artificial insemination. For each case, the final choice must be made after a detailed consultation with an experienced doctor. It is essential to assess carefully the treatment clinique prior undergoing the procedure.

The patients can use IVF for treating infertility in the following cases:

  • blocked or damaged fallopian tubes;
  • genetic disorders or unexplained infertility;
  • male infertility, with decreased sperm count or sperm motility;
  • female ovulation disorders, with uterine fibroids, premature ovarian failure;
  • after surgery on the fallopian tubes [3]

 

WHAT IS IVF TREATMENT?

 

What Does Improve IVF Success Rate?

There are specific questions to be asked regarding both details and pricing of different fertility programs. Selected medical specialists for IVF in Czechia can explain any details – as well as – to calm down potential concerns about IVF risks and possible side effects.

However, support and understanding of close people is extremely important for the patients of IVF. It can also be difficult emotionally, both for the person having the procedures and for their partner and/or family. In some cases - IVF treatments lead to depression and anxiety throughout all the process... Thus, advice and support of doctors and those who’ve been through IVF/fertility helps a lot. [4]

More actions for increasing chances to succeed in IVF include the following ones:

  • Watch a healthy weight and ensure having adequate levels of essential vitamins;
  • Avoid any kind of stressful conditions;
  • Stop smoking and taking alcohol;
  • Care about the sperm healthy condition;
  • Consult and decide for the procedure with highly professional doctor that works with an excellent embryology laboratory;
  • Stay optimistic and patient. [5]

 

Sources:

[1] American Pregnancy Association: In Vitro Fertilization https://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/in-vitro-fertilization/

[2] Advanced Reproductive Care Inc: What Is IVF? https://www.arcfertility.com/patient-resources/infertility-tutorial/what-is-ivf/

[3] US National Library of Medicine: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007279.htm

[4] The WebMD Medical Team: Guide on IVF https://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/guide/in-vitro-fertilization#1

[5] Planned Parenthood Federation of America: Fertility Treatments https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/pregnancy/fertility-treatments/what-ivf