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Why IVF is the Best 1st Treatment Option for Older Women

2015-8.jpgPlacing women between the ages of 38 and 42 on the fast-track to IVF is typically the most effective treatment option. Look: Moving past other first-line alternative treatments – such as Timed Intercourse and IUI – and going straight to IVF has been proven to increase an older woman’s chances of conceiving faster. Bottom Line: IVF saves older couples from the financial, physical, and emotional stress of repeated failed infertility treatment cycles.

IVF Treatment for Older Couples

In the case of older couples – between 38 and 42 – with unexplained infertility, a recent study favored going straight to IVF treatment. What does this recent research show?

  • IVF is the most cost-efficient treatment
  • IVF results in fewer treatment cycles
  • IVF results in less multiple pregnancies
  • IVF results in higher live birth rates

Researchers have found that older women were more than twice as likely to become pregnant through IVF within the first two cycles of treatment. The best part? They were twice as likely to have a healthy baby from their IVF pregnancy.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funded IVF Study

A randomized clinical study by NIH analyzed 154 couples who had been trying to get pregnant for six months before seeking infertility treatment.

The female study criteria included:

  • Between the ages of 38 and 42
  • Regular menstrual cycles
  • At least one functioning ovary
  • At least one open Fallopian tube
  • Acceptable ovarian reserve
  • No reproductive organ disorders
  • No history of ectopic pregnancy

The couples were randomly assigned to one of three groups:

  • IVF using injectable fertility medications to stimulate egg production
  • IUI using oral fertility medication to stimulate egg production
  • IUI using injectable fertility medications to stimulate egg production

Within two cycles of treatment, here’s the deal:

  • 49 percent of the IVF patients became pregnant and 31 percent gave birth!
  • Only 22 percent of IUI patients using oral medication became pregnant
  • Only 16 percent of IUI patients using oral medications gave birth
  • Only 17 percent of IUI patients using injectable medications became pregnant
  • Only 14 percent of IUI patients using injectable medications gave birth

What happened to those patients who failed IUI and went on to IVF treatment?

  • 71 percent experienced a clinical pregnancy through IVF treatment
  • 46 percent gave birth to a healthy baby through IVF treatment

Here’s the deal. Statistics from this study prove IVF is the preferred first-time treatment protocol for older women.

  • 84 percent – a clear majority – of women gave live birth through IVF
  • An average of only two IVF cycles were needed for these woman to conceive
  • Those women who underwent IUI before IVF took an average of three to four IVF cycles to conceive

When older couples are experiencing unexplained infertility:

  • Time is of the essence
  • Moving quickly to IVF is advised

IVF success rates vary in the context of patient and treatment characteristics:

  • Age
  • Infertility diagnosis
  • History of previous pregnancies
  • History of previous miscarriages
  • Number of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen embryo transfers
  • Number of embryos transferred in a single cycle
  • Type of IVF procedure – Conventional IVF, Mini-IVF™ or Natural Cycle IVF™
  • IVF ancillary procedures used – ICSI, genetic testing, Assisted Hatching, IVF/M

Leader in IVF Pregnancy Success

We strive to maintain our position as a global leader in IVF by maintaining high pregnancy success rates. Our worldwide reputation has earned us the status of being a renowned leader in IVF.

  • High IVF pregnancy success rates
  • Holistic IVF protocols
  • Customized IVF treatment plans
  • Reduced dosages of fertility medications
  • Reduced patient physical stress
  • Reduced patient emotional stress
  • Reduced patient financial stress

Why is this important? We welcome difficult patients – those previously diagnosed by other fertility specialists as hopelessly infertile.

  • No age restriction
  • No FSH level requirement
  • No requirement to produce multiple eggs per cycle

World Renowned IVF Doctor Treating Older Women

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the clinical experience to design a customized IVF treatment plan meeting your specific medical and personal needs.

To schedule your initial consultation with one of the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.

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