IVF or In-Vitro Fertilization is a method of assisted reproduction. In other words, IVF method is a method of attaining pregnancy through artificial means where conception (creating an embryo) occurs in a petri-dish (in the lab) and the embryo (fusion of egg and sperm) is implanted into the womb for the baby to grow and be born. Several reasons make people opt for the IVF method. Factors include low sperm count, sperm motility, problems with ovulation due to polycystic ovary syndrome, problems with fallopian tubes, sterilization, or when one does not wish to pass on inherited disorders to one’s offspring and rather wishes to use donor sperms or donor eggs. However, the success rate of becoming pregnant and having a child through IVF method also depends on a lot of factors such as age, the health of the mother-to-be and the rate can vary from 30 – 40% of success on an average. Several new techniques such as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection and Assisted Hatching have improved the success rates.
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People often wonder if In-Vitro Fertilization is a good option when planning for a second child. Research suggests that the odds are in fact better for the second time. Apparently the chances of success when one decides to go use Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) such as IVF doubles up to 80% following three cycles of treatment. Thus, it is important to be persistent and follow up with treatments rather than letting go after one cycle of treatment. It would be interesting to note that the world’s first test-tube baby Louise’s sister Natalie was also born out of IVF, Here again, it is important to note that the success rate for the second time depends upon several factors. Few within our reach to be paid attention to and worked upon (such as health) and a few that can only be handled by an expert (internal hormonal imbalance, quality of eggs and sperms or structural complications)
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One of the most important factors is the age of the mother-to-be. It is said that the age of the mother-to-be and success rates of IVF are inversely proportional. Higher the age, lower is the rate of success. It is said that mothers-to-be between the ages of 30 – 34 years have 48% chances of delivering an IVF baby. Those in the age range of 40 -44 years have about 29% success after one cycle with frozen embryos and so on. The key point here is frozen eggs. It has been observed through reports that frozen eggs, most often collected during younger ages have proved more successful than using fresh ones.
It is also important to remember that success depends upon the physical health condition of the expectant mother. This is something that is important even during the first IVF. Factors such as body mass index (the appropriate weight as per one’s height), lifestyle habits, duration of infertility, and genetic composition of the mother-to-be do count. Keeping oneself fit and healthy can be a positive factor that can in fact improve the chances of having a healthy baby. When it comes to health, both physical and mental health play an important role. Having been through the process earlier, one is certainly aware of the psychological distress that is experienced throughout the exercise. Anxiety does play a key role. However, with previous experience, the woman is now said to be more comfortable with concerns over medication and side effects, self-administering drugs, egg retrieval process among many others, thereby smoothening the procedure.
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But most of all the important factor is to be under the supervision and guidance of an expert and a competent IVF lab and clinic. That is when one can blindly turn to Dr. Shwetha Baratikkae of Janisthaa Fertility Centre & Hospital located at Basaveshwaranagar, Bengaluru. With a success rate of over 55%, every expectant couple who walks into the hospital with dreams of parenthood are treated with utmost care and compassion. The entire team is dedicated and passionate about providing comprehensive care in assisted reproductive technologies, equipped with the latest available technology for the best treatment.
For further details, log in to http://jnaistha.local/ and for an appointment, one can call +91 7619198083 for the best possible care.