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Patient Q & A Section

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What are the three medical issues of IVF?

The three most common medical issues of IVF are multiple births, which can be dangerous for the mother and the children, an ectopic pregnancy, which is when the embryo implants in the fallopian tubes, and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which is when too many eggs develop in the ovaries. If you are looking to join an IVF clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

Is 35 too old for IVF?

While many women are now having their first child at age 35 or older, the success rate of IVF experiences a similar age-related decline as that of natural pregnancy. As a result, women should be informed that IVF does not reverse this effect. You can find the most recent IVF clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

Can IVF damage your ovaries?

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a potential complication of IVF. OHSS causes the ovaries to swell and fluid to leak into the body. It is most common in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who choose to go through fertility treatments like IVF. Power makes it easy to find IVF clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

Who is not suitable for IVF?

Women with conditions such as fibroid tumors, hormone problems, and uterine dysfunction are generally not considered suitable candidates for IVF. However, candidacy for IVF should be considered on a case-by-case basis, as IVF could still be their best possible chance of getting pregnant. To find active IVF clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

What are the long term side effects of IVF?

The most serious potential risks to women who go through IVF is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and multiple pregnancies. Other risks include anxiety, depression, ovarian torsion, ectopic pregnancy, placental separation and increased risk of cesarean section. There is also a debated association between assisted conception and long-term risk of cancer. If you are looking to join an IVF clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

Has anyone died from IVF?

A 2001 study found that all-cause mortality rates in IVF patients were significantly lower than in the general female population of the same age. While IVF-related deaths are rare, they are still a risk for older women, those with multiple pregnancies, and those with other underlying conditions. You can find the most recent IVF clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

Is IVF allowed in Islam?

IVF, along with all other assisted reproductive technologies, are allowed in Islam. However, the semen source, ovum source, and the uterus must belong to a legally married husband and wife during the time of their marriage. Assisted reproduction became widely accepted in Islam after certain scientific and religious bodies issued guidelines, which were then accepted in different Muslim countries. Power makes it easy to find IVF clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

Can you choose gender for IVF?

Thanks to modern developments in screening and testing embryos during IVF, fertility doctors can determine the gender of a child through preimplantation genetic testing. While it might sound like science fiction, significant advancements in reproductive technologies mean that lab tests can identify an embryo's gender at the earliest stages of development. To find active IVF clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

Is 3 eggs good for IVF?

While women under 38 on an IVF program have acceptable birth rates with only 3 to 6 eggs, these rates improve with more than 6 eggs and are best with more than 10 eggs. Women older than 38 tend to have low birth rates with low egg numbers, meaning success rates improve significantly when high egg numbers are obtained. If you are looking to join an IVF clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

What happens if you can’t afford IVF?

If you can't afford IVF, there are grants, loans, payment plans, and other financial assistance programs available to help you pay for fertility treatments out of pocket. When deciding between your financial support options, it is important to consult with your health insurance provider to see if they cover any of the costs. You can find the most recent IVF clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

How many IVF cycles does it take to get pregnant?

While the majority of women who undergo IVF see success rates of 20-35% per cycle, this rate decreases with each successive round while the cost increases. The cumulative success rate of three full cycles of IVF increases the success rate to 45-53%. A full cycle of IVF includes ovarian stimulation, egg recovery, insemination, and embryo replacement. Power makes it easy to find IVF clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

What are the 5 stages of IVF?

The 5 stages of IVF are medication, egg harvesting, fertilization, embryo culture, and embryo transfer. The woman is injected with hormones to stimulate healthy egg development, then eggs are collected from the ovaries during a minor surgery. Egg and sperm are combined in a lab where an embryologist observes cell division and growth. The embryo(s) are then placed inside the uterus, after which the woman returns to the clinic 10 days later for a blood test to confirm pregnancy. To find active IVF clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

Can you start IVF on Day 4?

Ovarian stimulation usually begins on day 2 to 4 of the woman's menstrual cycle and typically lasts for 10 to 12 days. Patients are normally instructed to call their clinic on day 1 of their menstrual cycle, after which an appointment is scheduled on day 2 to 4 to start the treatment cycle. If you are looking to join an IVF clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

When do you trigger IVF?

Ovulation is triggered between days 8 and 12 of treatment with an injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), lupron, or both. The trigger is administered when the follicles are mature, and egg retrieval (follicle aspiration) is performed 36 hours after the HCG injection. You can find the most recent IVF clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

How many days does IVF take?

While the average IVF cycle takes about 6 to 8 weeks, the actual process of IVF - where sperm and egg are combined in a laboratory dish - takes anywhere from 3 to 5 days. This is the time it takes for the fertilized eggs to develop into embryos, after which embryo quality is examined before they are transferred into a uterus or frozen. Power makes it easy to find IVF clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

Is 50 too old for IVF?

Women aged 50 or older are generally not considered suitable candidates for IVF. However, women of any age with viable eggs, embryos, and a receptive uterus are capable of achieving pregnancy through IVF. It is recommended that women over the age of 43 use donor eggs, as older eggs have a higher chance of leading to miscarriage, disease, or growth and developmental problems. To find active IVF clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

Why are IVF success rates so low?

The major reason why IVF success rates are so low is due to embryo quality. Many embryos developed through IVF have defects and are unable to implant after being transferred to the uterus. In almost all of these cases, there is nothing wrong with the uterus that would prevent carrying a baby. If you are looking to join an IVF clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

How do you know IVF has failed?

The only reliable method of determining the success or failure of IVF is a pregnancy test. A pregnancy test can be done through either a urine or blood test to determine the level of b-hCG hormone. Symptoms such as abdominal discomfort, nausea, tiredness, or sleepiness do not necessarily mean pregnancy was successful, as they may be related to the drugs used during IVF treatment. You can find the most recent IVF clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

Why is IVF so expensive?

The major reason why IVF is so expensive is that it requires many stages of preparation before and after treatment. The cost of an initial IVF cycle in the United States ranges from $12,000 to $15,000 depending on the state where the procedure is completed. Some states like California have been known to charge $20,000 or more as fertility treatments are in high demand. Power makes it easy to find IVF clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

What is the cut off age for IVF?

Healthcare professional guidelines recommend that women aged 40 or younger should be offered three cycles of IVF while women between age 40 and 42 be offered one cycle of IVF. However, these are only guidelines and women should check whether they are eligible in their area and what treatments are available. To find active IVF clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.