Moving The IVF Odds In Your Favor

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an innovative approach to infertility treatment. Individuals or couples wishing to start or grow a family can finally do so with this blend of science and medicine. Statistics show that over 85,000 live births happen through IVF yearly. While IVF is effective, the success rates vary by cycle. Factors like age, patient health, and embryo quality all play a role in each cycle’s success rate. Through the years, techniques like embryo freezing and genetic screening have been added to the process. When applied, these extra steps can lead to better IVF outcomes.


What is embryo freezing?

After multiple mature follicles are extracted, an embryologist uses a sperm sample to create embryos over several days. The fertility clinic transfers a single embryo per IVF cycle. The remaining mature embryos are cryopreserved and saved for future use. Cryopreservation occurs at an early stage of embryo development. Embryo freezing allows eggs to be preserved for years.

Embryo freezing leads to genetic screening

Preserving the embryos also helps fertility clinics perform genetic screening. This is called preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), a process that analyzes embryos for genetic abnormalities before implantation. A small biopsy is placed under a microscope and tested for chromosomal abnormalities or specific genetic conditions. This additional information can be vital for improving IVF outcomes.

Why do these techniques improve IVF

Embryo freezing is effective for preserving fertility. The IVF patient can try again at a later time. Furthermore, the fertility team can transfer a single embryo at a time. This increases the chance of a healthy pregnancy and reduces the risk of multiples. Freezing also helps clinics select healthier embryos for implantation, increasing pregnancy rates and live birth rates. Genetic screening helps identify embryos with chromosomal issues that may lead to miscarriages. Together, these techniques can improve the success rate of each IVF cycle.

Who can benefit?

These additional steps can help IVF patients who have multiple failed cycles. Common examples include multiple miscarriages or failed implantation. Freezing is ideal for individuals or couples who want to have children at a later date. Embryos from younger patients tend to be healthier and may lead to improved success rates. Genetic testing is also valuable for individuals with a known genetic condition. Testing can identify if the same condition is present. An embryo without a chromosomal abnormality can be used in IVF cycles instead.

Take the extra step to success

IVF, while innovative, can be a long, taxing process. The success rate also varies as many factors can tip the scales out of the patient’s favor. Taking additional steps through embryo freezing allows for close monitoring of embryos. Frozen embryos may also improve success rates with fewer IVF cycles. Genetic testing also helps identify any conditions that can lead to miscarriages or premature births. The fertility clinic can discuss the benefits, timelines, and pitfalls of these options. Despite the challenges, the benefits far outweigh the risks.