Having a family of your own is a marvellous achievement. But, sometimes, starting a family is determined not by your desire to have it but rather by your or your partner’s body’s ability to produce the necessary hormones, eggs or sperm, and may even require a helping hand. That is why in vitro fertilisation was developed – to help couples have a baby if there is no natural conception for a longer period, usually six months to two years.
In vitro fertilization is a form of fertility treatments and entails deep emotional involvement of both partners, thus should be approached with special attention.
What is IVF?
In vitro fertilisation is an artificial process in which women’s eggs are fertilised in laboratory conditions, either by her partner’s sperm or a donor’s sperm, and then inserted back into her womb, so they could continue the natural process of embryo development and growth.
What is fertility scan?
Fertility scan is one of the Well Woman Scans and includes several different scans. That is why there are fallopian tubes scans, follicle tracking, womb lining, and the general process monitoring and body readiness for IVF. All these scans are designed as either the preparative phase for the IVF, for a woman to check her body’s preparedness for an IVF attempt, but do not entail IVF medical preparations as such, or as regular monitoring scans, after IVF has already begun.
Is there an age limit?
Depending on the woman’s age, IVF success rate varies around 32% for women under 35, but the percentage significantly decreases with age. A rule of a thumb is that it is not recommended for women older than 42, as its success rate is less than 5%, even less than 2% for women aged 44-45, while it is both costly and emotionally challenging.
Where to have fertility scans?
Numerous patients who are either preparing for IVF or are in the process of IVF often visit private practices to have their regular ultrasound scans. Keep in mind that many private practices do not offer neither preparation nor the very IVF process itself, but rather specialise in monitoring the process or the body’s readiness for the process.
Some countries around the world have become famous for specialising in IVF, thus cooperation of private practices in the UK with them ensures better service to the patients and the possibility of using the newest scientific advancements in fertilisation process. Private ultrasound London practice cooperates with international IVF clinics from Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, and East Europe.
If IVF is the only possibility for you to have a baby, it is always the best option, for both your health and the long term commitment, to have the IVF at established clinics, such as NHS, or private practices that are accredited by NHS and are in the field longer than a couple of years. Only that way can you make sure your health and your future family are in good hands.
Fertility problems are ever more present in general population but are no taboo topic to discuss with your Gynaecologist. The sooner they are discovered, the better are the chances for the desired treatment results: growing your family and having a beautiful, healthy baby!