Time to take a look at some In Vitro Fertilization Statistics and consider just how successful IVF is for treating infertility.
As ever on these issues, some regard IVF as the best possible infertility treatment, others remain doubtful about its success rates and the complications that result in any failed treatments.
IVF Is Ageist!
Your age and fertility levels are big determiners in calculating the likely success of IVF treatment.
On average, a single cycle of IVF treatment has a 20% to 30% success rate. Now that sounds low, but let’s do some number crunching.
A woman under 35 years old with a medical history that points to successful conception, pregnancy rates per IVF cycle can be as high as 50-60 percent.
That implies an ‘average woman’ (hmmm … have you ever met an ‘average woman’?!) will conceive in the first IVF cycle.
Other data suggests that on average 65 percent of couples who complete three IVF cycles could have a baby (or babies!). But the odds for most women for either scenario are more unfavorable than that.
For women over 40 it is generally more difficult to conceive using IVF as the ovulation rate and the quality of eggs decreases with age. This may require a woman over 40 having anything between 1-12 IVF cycles before getting pregnant.
To summarize, here are the possible reasons why a particular cycle treatment may fail:
- Patient’s age
- Poor egg and sperm quality
- Failure to collect eggs
- Failure to fertilize the eggs
- Failure of uterus implantation of the embryos
Given the above information you may want to consider …
Am I A Good Candidate For In Vitro Fertilization?
This is a tricky one.
If you have genuinely tried – and failed – a number of other fertility methods, then maybe – MAYBE – IVF is for you.
Some clinics claim great success rates with IVF treatment for couples under-35 who have been trying to conceive for more than a year without results. But then, as Mark Twain said, “there are lies, damn lies and statistics”.
Equally, some clinics say that couples over 35 who have been trying to conceive for six months may also be good candidates for IVF treatment.
The point to take away from all this is that no one is ‘average’ or ‘typical’. Whether IVF treatment is suitable for you or not needs to be considered very, very carefully by yourself, your partner and your fertility doctor.
To close on a more encouraging note, here are just some of the many causes of infertility that may be treated with IVF:
- Ovulation disorders
- Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
- Low sperm count
- Sperm motility problems
Also be aware that although there is no established age limit on who can receive IVF treatment, many infertility clinics take into consideration your age as part of the candidate screening process.