A few things you and your physician can do to improve IVF success.
There are a few factors you can influence in increasing your chances with IVF. Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and reduce stress in your life among other things.
However, the most important factor to increase your IVF success is your decision in choosing a fertility clinic. Once you choose a fertility clinic, the outcome of your IVF treatment is mostly in the hands of the fertility doctor and his staff. They choose the IVF protocol, the medication with dosages and all the little details concerning timing, which you will follow exactly. That's why it is so important to look at IVF success rates! It can give you an indication of a fertility clinic's skill and expertise. So, be good to your body and wise in your decision of your IVF doctor!
How Fertility Doctors And Patients Can Improve IVF Success Rates
Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer: When physicians see where the embryo is placed, the chances are higher for you to get pregnant. Not every fertility doctor is using this technology.
Lower Stress level of the patient at the time of transfer: If you can afford it, you might consider having alternative therapy treatment like acupuncture or massage with your IVF cycle. Many clinics these days allow acupuncturists into their offices or even have one on staff to accommodate their patients. Fertility doctors shouldn't mind concurrent alternative treatment because it can help increase IVF success rates.
IVF Success Rates with Donor Eggs: If you are using donor eggs, your age does not play a role in determining your chances of IVF success. No matter if you are 35 or 45, your IVF success rate is turned into the one that applies to a woman in the age of your egg donor.
Advice for Egg Donation
When looking for an egg donor, go to an IVF clinic instead of a donor agency. An in-house egg donor program at an IVF clinic has to follow the strict guidelines of the ASRM when choosing egg donor candidates.
IVF clinics have a high interest in getting you pregnant because it directly affects the success rate which they must report annually. This means that, most of the time, only the best qualified candidates are chosen to be part of an IVF clinic's egg donation program.
Egg donor agencies work more independently with less oversight and some might admit egg donor candidates that have been denied at fertility clinics.
There are outstanding independent egg donor agencies and there are clinics with substandard internal egg donation programs. Fortunately you can verify the IVF success rates for an IVF clinic by examining their full IVF Clinic Success report at http://www.sart.org or http://www.cdc.gov/ART/. At this time, there is no nationally audited success rates report for independent egg donor agencies.
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