In Vitro Fertilization Antidote to Infertility Stigma?

In Vitro Fertilization Antidote to Infertility Stigma?

More than seven million people struggle with infertility in the U.S. While treatment is available it would cost tens of thousands of dollars. However, today, a Los Altos company offers women with Univfy, personalized online prediction test to determine their chance of having success with IVF through data mining and advanced statistical analysis. Univfy gives 65% probability of live birth success. It is a nice tool to use for patients who want another piece of information before they move forward. Is this the antidote to infertility stigma?

While the average cost of an IVF cycle in the U.S. is $12,400, according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Univfy pre-IVF test only ranges from $50 to $100 and for Predict IVF, $175 for women who already have IVF and are considering another cycle.

One-third of people having infertility treatments do not inform their employer because they may not be sympathetic to their treatment, and they end up losing their job. With pressure from family, friends, spouses, our work, and the media, we tend to judge ourselves and wonder what went wrong. We often wonder what we have done to deserve it and doubted our life choices.  Many of us feel broken; we doubt the abilities of our bodies, and we worry what other people will think. Nevertheless, the 2004 journal of the Medical Clinics of North America revealed that the male factor was involved in 50% of infertility cases.

Hollywood’s IVF stigma’s

Hollywood is not spared of the infertility plagues stigma.  Most misconceptions are associated with the myth that age is not a factor. Last year, Giuliana Rancic told Health Magazine that it was a big shock to find out she was having trouble conceiving at age 35.

Last year, the Human Reproduction journal analyzed  the data from the infertility component of the 2009-2012 Canadian Community Health Survey and revealed that infertility in Canada increased by 10% from 1984-2010 and the percentage of moms having children at 35 has tripled.

It is no surprise that celebrities who talk about infertility talk about IVF. Apart from Nicole Kidman who gave birth to a daughter at 40 and Brooke Shields who gave birth at 37 after seven rounds of IVF, Celine Dion, Jane Seymour, Emma Thompson, Christie Brinkley, Courtney Cox Arquette, and Marcia Cross have used In Vitro Fertilization.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine reported that the ability of a woman to conceive declines in their 30s and by 40, they have less than 5% chance of getting pregnant and after age 45, most are unable to conceive.

IVF options

In Virto Fertilization is practically a household word today. However, unlike the simple process of artificial insemination where conception precedes normally after the sperm is placed in the uterus,  IVF involves combining the sperm and eggs in a laboratory. Once the embryo is formed, they are placed in the uterus. Since the introduction of IVF and other techniques in the U.S. in 1981, it has resulted in more than 200,000 live births.

IVF may be an option for you and your partner if you have been diagnosed with problems with the uterus or fallopian tubes, low sperm count, problems with ovulation, endometriosis, and unexplained infertility problem.

New IVF criteria in Scotland

The Scottish Government has approved IVF parameters that will come into force on July 1st to help couples with infertility problems. This decision follows the recommendations of the National Infertility Group, which has presented its report in January. It will be offered to couples until the woman’s 40th birthday and should be placed at the end of the waiting list after unsuccessful treatments.

People awaiting treatment will be supported in making lifestyle change. Besides, women must have her BMI above 18.5 and below 30. People currently who are awaiting treatment will be supported in making lifestyle changes. The government expects that all eligible couples will commence treatment within 23 months of being accepted for In Vitro Fertilization treatment from March 31, 2015.

Thanks to Sir Robert Edwards who invented and dedicated his career to developing IVF to enable women with infertility problems to conceive.

However, IVF treatment should only be reserved for cases where surgery, fertility drugs and artificial insemination failed. If you feel that IVF is the best option for you and your partner, carefully assess any treatment center before undergoing the procedure because other than the reason of infertility, the success rate will depend where the procedure is done. The CDC compiles national statistics for all reproductive technology procedures like GIFT, IVF, AND ZIFT performed in the U. S., although 99% of the procedures account for IVF.

Pregnancy was achieved in an average of 29.4% of all cycles, and the rate of cycles that developed into live births was 22.4% on average.

Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas

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