Based on recent studies, the chance for a successful pregnancy through Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) is comparable to fresh IVF cycle transfers. FET success has improved dramatically over the last several years. FETs are typically a Single Embryo Transfer after a woman’s body is prepared for pregnancy. Good eggs create quality embryos. Multiple embryo transfers do not increase a woman’s chances of conception – only the likelihood of a multiple pregnancy. These high quality embryos can be transferred one at a time to the mother at the time of a fresh IVF cycle – or – through future FET procedures. Single Embryo Transfers through FET also help couples build balanced families through gender selection.
At the age of 43, I came in a bit late to the baby making process. I, as with many New York women, was a workaholic for 20 years, and the timing never seemed right to begin having a family. I began the IVF process at a larger NY institution and did two rounds of IVF trying with my own eggs. I had no problem producing eggs, but the quality was never good. On the verge of trying a 3rd round of IVF at the same institution, the protocol was going to be the same, so my gut told me not to continue there. A friend at the wonderful RESOLVE Support Group suggested I try New Hope because of the Mini-IVF™ (customized minimal stimulation IVF protocol) process they do.
Many women and couples we treat come to New Hope with what physicians call idiopathic infertility. Also known as unexplained infertility, couples can get a complete infertility examination -- from FSH tests to sperm count tests, only to be told there is no tangible explanation as to why they are having difficulty conceiving.
While an undeniably frustrating situation, there is an upside to unexplained infertility. Simply stated, being diagnosed with unexplained infertility means you've ruled out a majority of the serious stuff. Conditions like PCOS or endometriosis, for instance, cause issues other than infertility that disrupt the lives of many women due to their symptoms, including hormone imbalances or painful periods.
If you're struggling with unexplained infertility, you're not alone. According to RESOLVE, "one in five couples will experience unexplained infertility despite completing a full infertility work-up." Besides the physical toll this unexplained diagnosis entails -- infertility -- it also takes an emotional toll. Many women and men hide their shame and think it must be their fault somehow, the "real" problem yet to show itself and tell them why they really can't get pregnant.
Despite its exhausting nature, you can get pregnant if you've been handed a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. At New Hope, our fertility specialists have helped several women and couples who can't get pregnant and don't know why. Just recently, we helped a 43-year-old get pregnant who, other than having a high FSH level, was extremely healthy and having trouble conceiving on her own. Considering her healthy status, her doctor understood she did not need an aggressive approach to IVF that would require medications and injections, so they chose to proceed with Natural Cycle IVF. Using the protocol's simple monitoring techniques, a healthy egg was retrieved, fertilized, and transferred, and she got pregnant.
If you're struggling with unexplained infertility, don't give up. There's still hope -- so give us a call!
There are many myths concerning male factor infertility that arise when couples are having trouble getting pregnant -- chief among them that infertility is more than likely a female issue.
Male factor infertility actually accounts for 30 percent of all infertility-related issues, according to RESOLVE. At New Hope, we have many couples who come in to get help regarding their fertility status and discover the male party is suffering from low sperm count or azoospermia (when there is no sperm in the ejaculate). But just like our female patients who struggle with the emotional pain of feeling "barren," we discourage our male patients from entering into destructive thinking concerning their fertility.
If you're azoospermic or have a low sperm count, it certainly does not make you less of a man, nor does it make you less deserving of fatherhood. If anything, your resilience to get you and your partners' infertility issues resolved is something more men in your position should take note of.
We were able to assist a couple recently who were struggling with infertility related to male factor. Using our trademarked Mini-IVF™ treatment and sperm retrieved from her husband, Ms. 34 got pregnant from her injection-less protocol and even had 4 quality embryos frozen following her treatment. Because of her age and her partner's willingness to have his sperm tested, all her eggs were of high quality and her chance of getting pregnant again with the embryos she froze are very high.
Congrats to this couple on their first pregnancy. If you suspect you're having trouble conceiving due to male factor infertility, get your sperm tested. There's no use in waiting when it comes to building your family!
Suffering from secondary infertility (having trouble conceiving with a second child) or experiencing trouble conceiving after entering your 30s? You're not alone. At New Hope Fertility, we meet many women who face this harsh reality, even if they had no trouble conceiving with their first child.
For many women, trouble getting pregnant in their 30s is due to diminished ovarian reserve, which can be caused by high FSH levels or reproductive disorders like PCOS. High FSH levels are associated with a decrease in ovarian function and get higher as a woman ages, which can occur more abruptly with some women in their 30s compared to their fertile counterparts of the same age. Health issues like PCOS can result in follicles being underdeveloped or, in worst case scenarios, completely absent because of the presence of cysts. And finally tubal issues, often resulting from scar tissue related to childbirth or pelvic inflammatory disease, are very common for women in their 30s, which can also inhibit the ability to conceive and sometimes cause miscarriages.
Our doctors recently helped a few of patients in their 30s get pregnant with our minimal stimulation IVF protocols.
Our first patient was a 36-year-old who had trouble getting pregnant with her second child. Because Ms. 36 was young and otherwise healthy, we chose to treat her with our Mini-IVF™ treatment, which uses less hormone drugs than conventional IVF protocols. After her single embryo transfer, which we utilize to mimic the body's naturally occurring processes, we're happy to announce that Ms. 36 got pregnant. Congratulations, Ms. 36!
Our second success story involved a 31-year-old who came to New Hope with a history of secondary infertility. With the embryos she had frozen at another clinic, we tried two frozen embryo transfers, which unfortunately did not take. On Ms. 31's third frozen embryo transfer, however, she got pregnant. Congrats Ms. 31!
Our third IVF success story helped a 38-year-old with a history of miscarriage. Like Ms. 36, she completed 1 Mini-IVF cycle. After freezing her embryos she had an unsuccessful frozen embryo transfer, but a month later she had another and got pregnant. Congrats Ms. 38!
For more success stories like these, head over to our Success Stories section on our blog and or our website. Congrats to Ms. 36, Ms. 31 & Ms. 38!