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What is IVF?

What is IVF?

If you or your spouse have fertility problems, you may be familiar with the term IVF, better known as IVF. In vitro fertilization is a process of fertilization in which a woman's egg is fertilized by a man's sperm in a laboratory. Once the fertilized egg becomes a high quality embryo, it is transferred to the woman's uterus.

 

 

Recent developments in in vitro fertilization

1978 marked the first human birth through successful in vitro fertilization. Since then, great progress has been made in all aspects of treatment and procedure. All of these developments have helped to improve the overall success rate of IVF.

  • Gonadotropins. The first step in fertility treatments involves hormone therapy, usually given by injection, to activate a number of eggs and prepare them for release.
  • Improved Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT). This test helps identify fetuses that have chromosomal abnormalities. This test helps to improve pregnancy and birth rates so that couples have healthy babies who are not affected by disease.
  • Higher success rates with fetal vitrification. A fast-freezing technique that quickly freezes the embryos, preventing the formation of ice crystals inside the embryo. This process reduced the potential damage caused by traditional cooling techniques. Fast-freezing embryos also lead to higher survival rates after thawing.

Perhaps one of the most exciting advances for women is freezing of eggs. Now more women over 40 are giving birth to babies. According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, the 41% of women agree that having children, once established in their careers, was more beneficial for both their professional life and family planning goals.

 

In vitro fertilization success

Experience counts when it comes to your success with IVF. At the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Fetal Medicine “Dr. Alexandros Traianos ” , our success rates are consistently higher than the national average and one of the best in Greece. If you think in vitro fertilization is right for you, we will help you every step of the way. Call at (+30) 2310 277 032  to schedule your appointment today.

 

 

* The content on this blog is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health care providers with questions you may have about medical conditions.

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FREQUENT QUESTIONS

The association of IVF drugs with cancer risk is a major concern for women enrolled in these programs. But the plethora of bibliographic reports collected from credible scientific studies and published in reputable medical journals worldwide are reassuring and do not confirm this concern.

Of course not. In about a third of cases, infertility is due to the woman (female factor), while in a third of cases, it is due to the man (male factor). The remaining one-third is due to both (both men and women) or even to unknown factors.

The quantity and quality of a man's sperm can be affected by his health and lifestyle. Some factors that can reduce the quantity and / or quality of sperm are:

  • the alcohol
  • drugs
  • environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead
  • smoking
  • health problems
  • medicines
  • radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • the age

The miscarriage rate is about the same for assisted reproduction as for any other pregnancy. Older women who undergo IVF inevitably have higher miscarriage rates. Since the pregnancy test is done two weeks after the embryo transfer, there are often unexpected miscarriages in the very early stages of pregnancy. These miscarriages often go unnoticed in a pregnancy that has been conceived without the aid of an assisted reproduction method.

Success rates vary at each IVF Center. Very important factors are also the age of the woman, the levels of her hormones and of course the sperm of the husband. Rates generally range from 45% or slightly higher for women up to 35 years old.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year (or 6 months, if it is a woman over 35) with normal, regular sexual intercourse. In other words, when a year passes without the woman becoming pregnant, the couple should consult their doctor to determine the cause of the pregnancy and then treat it. We must all, however, be aware and not forget that the age factor is the most critical for female fertility and that the individualized approach of each couple is the "golden key" that solves the problem.

The number of treatment cycles a woman can undergo is not specified. It is certain that in our country there are high level obstetricians-gynecologists and organized infertility treatment centers, which offer impeccable medical services at this level. If there are correct indications (eg ovaries that respond to stimulation therapy, good quality endometrium, etc.) the success rate -especially with the use of newer techniques and biotechnological drugs, which show increased bioactivity compared to conventional drugs from urine- totals approximately 65%-70% after 4 cycles of treatment.

At the Center for Reproductive Medicine of Dr. Traianos we offer egg / sperm cryopreservation services for those who have a personal or medical reason and need this service. We use the most modern vitrification technique in the freezing of sperm and eggs.

The collection of eggs takes 10-15 minutes, it is not painful, it is done under intoxication and after the end of the process you return to your activities.

In general, experts agree that the fact that a couple has already had a child can be considered evidence that there is no infertility problem in the first place. It is like a small test that has been done and proves that they "succeeded" at least once. On the other hand, we need to know that in the meantime things may have changed and a problem may have arisen (eg the man may have had some inflammation that affects the quality of his sperm or has mediated something that affects female fertility: an inflammation, a gynecological surgery, an abortion, etc.). In any case, if a reasonable period of time (one year) passes and a couple can not achieve a pregnancy, then he should with the help of his doctor investigate if there has been a problem that causes infertility.

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