In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is one of the most common forms of Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United States. Each year, thousands of couples pursue this option in attempt to achieve a pregnancy.
But as more and more couples utilize IVF, doctors continue to mold the treatment in order to make it more successful – and safer.
Today’s experts recommend that couples pursuing IVF use an individually-designed approach, instead of simply taking the “common” treatment.
Dr David Robertson, director of IVF at Tawam Hospital in Abu Dhabi, recently told AMEinfo.com that individualizing IVF treatment allows a couple to have the greatest chance of success in achieving pregnancy.
“The treatment of infertility, especially when using IVF, can be a difficult process,” said Robertson. “It is a process that can be conducted in many different ways, depending on the philosophy of the doctors responsible for determining the best approach."
“The best approach is one that maximizes the chances of conception success in each individual, by taking into account the fact that each woman is different and should be treated that way."
But what exactly does treating each woman “differently” mean? For some, it means reducing the levels of hormones used to encourage a pregnancy. This may result in less eggs being created, but allows for more viable eggs as well as reducing the chance of complications due to overuse of hormones.
Some women may require more or less time in between multiple transfers. Still, others may require different medical treatment and precautions during their IVF process.
Understanding that every woman – and every couple – is different and comes from a different medical background is important as well. Because of this, Dr. Robertson says every couple should have access to qualified fertility specialists as well as counselors, who can guide them through the process.
The EAAC would like to point out that another option for infertile couples to consider is Embryo Donation and Adoption, which allows a couple to receive remaining embryos from another couple’s IVF treatment and use them in their own attempt to achieve pregnancy.
For more information on Embryo Donation and Adoption, visit the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center.
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