Within the past several years, the fertility industry has made incredible technological advancements in fertility treatments to help couples conceive and start a family. Consider this overview on three technologies that can aid you in the fertility fight:
1. Fertility Preservation
Many women may be at risk for losing their reproductive function and ability to conceive due to illness or advancing age. Fortunately, these women can now freeze eggs or embryos through an advanced freezing technique known as Vitrification. This process allows us to rapidly freeze eggs or embryos while eliminating the formation of ice crystals which can cause damage during the thawing process.
2. Elective Single Embryo Transfer
While in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments often involve the implantation or transfer of multiple embryos, single embryo transfer methods have a 60% success rate for women under 35 without imposing the risk of multiple births. Part of the success of elective single embryo transfer (eSET) treatments is the ability to pre-screen embryos for genetic disorders and chromosomal abnormalities. In addition, screening the embryos on the 5th day after fertilization helps to provide more accurate results than other treatments that screen the embryos after only 3 days. This treatment not only lessens the risk of multiple births, but can also allow fertility doctors to transfer the highest quality eggs.
3. Egg or Embryo Donation
Another popular method used by individuals struggling to conceive is third party reproduction, which involves the use of donated eggs or embryos. Women who are no longer producing viable eggs or no longer have ovaries can turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment using an egg donor, which allows them to combine a donor egg with their partner’s sperm before having the donor egg implanted into their uterus or the uterus of a surrogate.
There are options available to treat most forms of infertility, visit Fertility Centers of Illinois online or call us at (877) 499-8730 to learn more about these and more treatment options available to help you begin your journey to parenthood.