Wall Street Journal's "Saturday Essay" this weekend featured a detailed account of one woman's journey through conventional in vitro fertilization and the emotional and physical costs that often accompany this procedure.
"My Fertility Crisis" portrays an interesting side to the fertility care sector, showing the obstacles and tough personal choices that come into play when choosing one's fertility treatment protocol. At New Hope Fertility Center, our emphasis has always been on customized fertility care, with the everlasting belief that pregnancy can be achieved through minimal stimulation techniques like Natural Cycle and Mini-IVF.™ Both methods are more physiologically supportive experiences that require less medication and therefore less disturbance to the body, reducing the stress associated with overmedication and high cost treatments. Our doctors consistently aim to treat each patient based on what is most healthy and cost effective for them, and continue to make tremendous strides in otherwise difficult cases.
The WSJ profiles Holly Finn, a single woman in her early 40s, and represents the growing number of women attempting to get pregnant through assisted reproduction techniques after choosing to wait to have a child. As Finn points out, it wasn't necessarily her career that delayed her decision to have a family, rather, a combination of biological issues and relationship choices (Finn was diagnosed with endometriosis and wittingly states she "gave too much time to the wrong men").
Whatever the case, Finn gives a voice to those women who struggle to get pregnant in the later stages of life, even after seeking multiple IVF treatments and freezing eggs only to end up with canceled cycles and failed embryo transfers.
Finn goes on to highlight the everlasting stigma behind being infertile and trying to get pregnant through assisted reproduction; however, her narrative brings up another ongoing issue in the fertility field: when to stop.
For the doctor and the patient they are trying to help, the decision to stop IVF treatment and turn to other options, like adoption, an egg donor, or more minimally evasive techniques can be difficult as various factors come into play. Many women like Finn feel the strong desire to have their own biological child. On the other hand, fertility doctors are faced with scientific data concerning cumulative birth rates that would suggest turning elsewhere as the patient's age increases and failed IVF attempts increase. Along with the complications women face as they get older (including age and health of eggs), come complications associated with excessive hormone regimens (ie. polycystic ovarian syndrome) and the subsequent costs involved in such treatments. For many, including Finn, the cost and intense medication schedule places additional strain on those already struggling with the inability to conceive.
New Hope Fertility Center understands the risks and strain of costly conventional IVF treatments, which is why we encourage our Natural Cycle and Mini-IVF™ protocols.
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