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    Infertility Statistics: You Are Not Alone

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Couples who struggle with infertility may feel as though they’re alone on this difficult journey. Although every couple has a unique experience with infertility, it is by no means an uncommon problem. Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after trying for at least one year. In couples in which the female partner is 35 or older, the time period shortens to six months. Infertility may also involve recurrent miscarriage.

    The latest infertility statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clearly show that you’re certainly not alone in your struggle. In the U.S., 6.7 million women, or 10.9 percent of the population are infertile. Among women ages 15 through 44, 7.4 million have sought help from an infertility doctor.

    The compassionate team at Dallas IVF believes in a personalized approach to family balancing and fertility treatments; we never treat you like just another statistic. Future parents are invited to call our fertility clinic in Dallas at (214) 297-0020 to explore their fertility treatment options.

    How IVF Success Rates Are Reported

    Last updated 7 months ago

    In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an infertility treatment that is effective in helping many couples achieve their dreams of having a healthy child. When you visit an infertility clinic for a consultation, one of the questions you’re likely to ask is in regards to that clinic’s success rates, or the rate of successful pregnancies. You might think that a clinic’s success rate is a cut-and-dry percentage, when in fact some clinics manipulate their reporting practices to make their program appear more successful than it is.

    Best Reporting Practices
    When you ask the infertility doctor about his or her clinic’s IVF success rates, it’s always a good idea to ask how the clinic arrived at those numbers. Some programs only report how many clinical pregnancies were achieved in relation to the number of embryo transfers that were performed. Unfortunately, not all pregnancies are brought to term. This percentage may also include pregnancies that ended in miscarriage. Choose an infertility clinic that follows honest, open reporting practices. The way clinics should report their success rates is by disclosing their live birth rate, which is typically lower than the rate of clinical pregnancies. This honest manner of reporting is required by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).

    Candidate Considerations
    Another way in which a dishonest infertility clinic may manipulate its success rate is via its candidacy selection. After undergoing screening tests to diagnose problems associated with infertility, many couples are stunned to learn that the clinic is turning them away and denying them treatment. This often occurs when the woman’s follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels are undesirable, which can indicate greater difficulty in achieving pregnancy. A reputable clinic will accept patients regardless of these infertility factors.

    Here at Dallas IVF, our team of infertility experts prides itself on its open, honest reporting practices and in accepting patients deemed by other infertility clinics to be “poor candidates.” We strictly follow national guidelines when reporting data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SART to help our patients make an informed decision. Dallas area couples who have been struggling to conceive a child are invited to schedule a consultation with our infertility clinic by calling (214) 297-0020.

    A Closer Look at the Trophectaderm Biopsy Procedure

    Last updated 7 months ago

    A trophectaderm biopsy procedure is commonly performed for the purpose of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). It allows a fertility clinic to screen embryos for chromosomal abnormalities or genetic diseases, which enables the doctor to implant only healthy embryos in the patient. A trophectaderm biopsy takes about five to six cells from a day five blastocyst embryo. Those cells are sent to a lab for analysis by a geneticist.

    Watch this video to see a demonstration of a trophectaderm biopsy procedure. This video, presented by Dallas IVF, shows a day five embryo. It explains how the individual cells are gently aspirated into a pipette to separate them from the rest of the embryo.

    Dallas IVF is pleased to have achieved the first PGD pregnancy in Collin and Dallas counties. We regularly perform trophectaderm biopsies, in addition to our many other state-of-the-art fertility procedures. Dallas area couples are encouraged to call us at (214) 297-0020 to learn more.

    When to Consider Fertility Preservation or Egg Freezing

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, is a well-established fertility preservation technique, similar to freezing sperm. A patient who wishes to freeze her eggs will undergo some of the same steps used for in vitro fertilization. She will receive hormone therapy, followed by an egg retrieval procedure. Then, the eggs are specially processed and frozen for later use. Talk to a fertility doctor to determine if egg freezing is right for you.

    Medical Conditions
    Egg freezing might be right for you if you’ve been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. Sometimes, medications can diminish your ovarian function, reducing your ability to achieve pregnancy without fertility treatments. You might also be a good candidate for egg freezing if you have a family history of early menopause or ovarian cancer. Furthermore, if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you wish to have children, it’s a good idea to consult a fertility specialist. Cancer treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy drugs can reduce your fertility. By freezing your eggs before you undergo these treatments, you can still have the opportunity to enjoy the miracle of motherhood.

    Career Demands
    Careers rank high on many women’s list of priorities. Oftentimes, the demands of a career interfere with the time needed for parenting a child. Many women these days are delaying pregnancy until their careers are well-established. However, as age advances, fertility declines. You may wish to freeze your eggs to ensure you’ll be able to have children when the time is right.

    Advancing Age
    Even if your career doesn’t interfere with your family life, you could be a good candidate for egg freezing. Many single women who are in their 30s and beyond are choosing to freeze their eggs so they’ll be able to start their family when they meet the right partner.

    The team of fertility specialists at Dallas IVF has been on the forefront of groundbreaking research in oocyte cryopreservation. To determine whether you could be a good candidate for egg freezing, give us a call at (214) 297-0020. Our fertility clinic in Dallas offers compassionate care and patient support in a comfortable environment.

    Why Transfer a Single Embryo?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Many couples are hesitant to try infertility treatment despite their dreams of starting a family. Sometimes, this is because they worry that in vitro fertilization (IVF) always leads to multiple pregnancies. In fact, this possibility can be eliminated with a single embryo transfer. A single embryo transfer is well-suited for young patients and donor egg recipients because egg quality is high.

    Fertility doctors tend to agree that a single embryo transfer is preferable because there is a reduced risk of complications during pregnancy. A multiple pregnancy has a higher risk of preterm births, which means they are of a lower birth weight and subject to health complications. Sometimes, lifelong health problems, such as developmental delays, can result. Furthermore, a multiple pregnancy is more likely to require a Cesarean section rather than a vaginal birth.

    Here at Dallas IVF, we strongly encourage suitable candidates to have a single embryo transfer for the health of mother and baby. To learn more about in vitro fertilization and other fertility treatments, call our fertility clinic in Dallas at (214) 297-0020.

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