Failed IVF and How to Increase Your Chances of Success the Next Time

It is not uncommon for IVF patients to have an unsuccessful cycle, sometimes even several, before they finally get pregnant. It is certainly disappointing to have a failed IVF cycle. However, there are some options and tests available that may improve your chances of having a successful IVF. To name a few…. Comprehensive Chromosome Screening, DNA fragmentation for males, chromosome testing for males, immune testing for female patients.

Although fertility doctors and scientists made a big leap in understanding the reproductive health, IVF process remains intricately complex. If your first IVF cycle wasn’t successful, we want you to know that you are not the only one. We wanted to share some statistics pertaining to success rates in IVF.

CDC’s website is a great source of statistics about IVF treatments in the U.S., if you need additional details.

Before we go any further, we would like to mention that MedVacation’s IVF clinics had several 56 year old patients whose IVF treatments were successful. We recently saw an article that talked about a 66 year old Ukrainian woman giving birth to a healthy baby boy. We are certainly not advocating child bearing at 66. Neverthless, you probably still have a few more years to try IVF a few more times.

First of all, the biggest factor in IVF treatments is the age of the female patient. Typically, once the woman turns 40-41, many doctors will recommend she uses an egg donor. There are three tests, ovarian reserve tests, that fertility doctors can perform to determine one’s ovarian reserve and the need for egg donor.

Misconceptions about the causes of infertility are still quite common in our society. Often people automatically assume that the woman is the cause of infertility. Approximately one third of all infertility cases can be attributed to the male factor. If your first IVF was unsuccessful, we would recommend that your IVF doctor do a few tests on your husband as well, if the they have not done so already. Your IVF doctor should order Chromosome Testing for your spouse. In addition, they should also do DNA fragmentation test on his sperm.

There is another great IVF test that has recently became available to hopeful parents. It is called Comprehensive Chromosome Screening or CCS. This ground-breaking IVF technique is utmost accurate method for the analysis of all 24 types of chromosome. More and more, IVF specialists recommend this type of screening for patients who have had multiple failed IVF cycles or numerous miscarriages. We recommend you and your current IVF doctors look into this type of testing.

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IVF Cost and Fertility Treatments Abroad

From start to finish, a typical IVF protocol would require a 17-day stay abroad. Although MedVacation fertility doctors would prefer our clients to stay in their clinics for the entire IVF cycle, most patients are able to reduce the number of days spent abroad by way of starting ovulation stimulation with a local OBGYN doctor. With egg donor cycles, the length of stay abroad is even shorter, since our embryologist will need the sperm on the twelfth day of the cycle. With IVF cycles using own eggs, you can spend the first seven days at home. During that time, our doctors will work very closely with yours to get everything ready for the next step.

ivf-cost-with-fertility-doctors-abroadUntil recently, embryos were cultured for three days and then transferred to the uterus and/or cryogenically frozen for later use. Our IVF clinics now have the ability to grow the embryos for five or six days until they reach the blastocyst stage. Blastocysts have a greater chance of implantation. Blastocysts transfer is often preferred by our clients, because it allows our IVF doctors to transfer fewer embryos and lower the risk of multiple births. In addition, blastocysts transfers give couples significantly higher chances for pregnancy.

You may return home 2-3 days after the embryo transfer. Our work does not end here though. Before you leave our clinic, you will be instructed to purchase injectables, estrogen tablets and suppository medicine to support the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. Post-transfer IVF medications from our clinics’ pharmacies cost half as much as they do in the U.S. Upon your return to your home town, you will schedule a number of appointments with either a perinatologist or an Ob doctor. Our fertility doctors will continue monitoring you and work very closely with your local doctor during these 12 weeks. They are also available for a free consultation any time after that.

If you choose to the option of being monitored by a local OBGYN for the first seven days of your IVF treatments, our low cost IVF packages start around $8,199 and include airfare for two and hotel stay.

Straight Talk on Fertility Tourism and IVF Treatments Abroad

The founder of MedVacation Taras Kuzin took part in a radio show whose topic was fertility tourism. The host, Dawn Davenport, and the guests on this show provided some great information about IVF with fertility clinics abroad and egg donations overseas. Visit MedVacation’s website to listen to recording of this episode.

Improving Motility & Morphology in Male Factor Infertility

When people talk about infertility, they often automatically assume that the problem lies with the female. This is so far from the truth. There are many factors that affect the quality of your future embryos and the success of your IVF treatments. One of those factors is the quality of semen used in the fertilization stage. One third of infertility cases are due to male factor, one third are attributed to female factor, and the remaining third are unexplained and typically involve problems on both sides. Nevertheless, there are a few things men can do to improve their chances of having successful IVF treatments.

Our fertility doctors will be happy to provide you with a FREE telephone consultation. If you are told that you need to improve the quality of your sperm, our reproductive endocrinologists highly recommend you take supplements to better the morphology. Take Proxceed for at least two months before starting your treatment. Vitamins and folic acid provide nutrients that are important for sperm production and function.

Tobacco and excessive use of alcohol affect the quality of one’s sperm. If you use tobacco products, we recommend you quick smoking or chewing at least two months before your IVF treatments. Tobacco has negatives effects on motility and sperm count. In addition, if you are a heavy drinker, drinking can reduce the quality and quantity of sperm. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit yourself to one or two drinks per day.

Also, certain medications can reduce male’s ability to conceive. For instance, certain steroids and high blood pressure medicine are known to affect sperm motility. If you are not sure whether your meds may affect the quality of your sperm, our doctors will be happy to review your current list of medications. This is a free consultation.

You are more likely to produce high-quality sperm, if you maintain a healthy weight. Therefore, exercising regularly can help you produce healthy sperm. Nevertheless, exercising to the point of exhaustion may not be healthy either. Increased scrotal temperature can hurt sperm production. Hot work environments, tight underwear, prolonged sitting and hot tubs can all negatively affect the quality of your sperm.

Visit our website to learn more about the latest techniques, which are available from our IVF clinics. Fertility procedures such as TESE and ICSI are very effective in treating male infertility.