If you've been trying have a baby for over a year with no luck, it can be very frustrating, depressing and the thought of never having your own children is always in the back of your mind.
If you never think it's going to happen on your own, then it might be time to look into alternative procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to help you with your pregnancy.
What is IVF?
IVF is a method of stimulating ovulation with various methods to produce viable eggs with a great chance of being fertilized by the partner's sperm.
The eggs as well as the sperm are taken from the male and female and put together in a lab. With various manipulation techniques, the goal is to fertilize the egg with the sperm.
It's all done in the lab and when the egg or eggs are fertilized, they are allowed to develop from 3 to 5 days. If after this time they are still viable, the developing egg or eggs are transferred back to the woman with hopes that the developing embryo will attach to the lining of the uterus and pregnancy can officially begin.
What Kind of IVF procedures are offered?
- Traditional IVF
This type of IVF is still the most used throughout the world.
This IVF procedure uses many fertility drugs both oral and injections that stimulate the ovaries to produce as many eggs that could be possible per cycle. Every single egg is targeted to be stimulated.
This is needed because all the eggs are not going to be viable. The goal is to end up with 3 to 5 eggs that are good enough after the IVF lab growth to be able to be placed in the uterus to attain pregnancy.
The disadvantages of this type of IVF are the amount of fertility drugs being used and the discomfort from the drugs and pain from injections. Also the possibility of multiple births can occur which can put the babies and mother at risk during and after pregnancy as well as the chance of having unwanted twins and triplets.
- Natural Cycle IVF
Natural Cycle IVF is a true holistic approach to IVF. This is for every woman that wants IVF without the drugs and chemicals. This type of IVF produces one good egg for implantation.
The downside to this type of IVF procedure is that since only one egg is retrieved and developed into an embryo; eggs can't be frozen for further attempts.
Mini-IVF is another holistic approach that uses minimal fertility drugs to minimally stimulate the ovaries for a maximum amount of eggs. Quality eggs are produced instead of the traditional IVF. The goal is to stimulate as many eggs as possible. Since the egg quality is high to begin with, the chance of these eggs further developing in the embryonic stage and being placed in the uterus is high.
This type of IVF stimulates a number of high quality eggs without the health risks of too many fertility drugs.
If you're having a hard time conceiving, then IVF might be your next option. Be sure to find a fertility center that offers these different IVF procedures so you can have the best possibility of becoming pregnant.