2011: The Top 4 Cutting Edge Fertility Technologies
With 1 in 8 couples in America suffering from infertility and over 100,000 IVF cycles performed each year, the fertility industry is moving ahead in leaps and bounds to improve technology, develop cutting–edge techniques and to provide more advanced and reliable fertility options for women and couples looking to conceive.
Dr. Christopher Sipe, fertility expert with the Fertility Centers of Illinois can discuss the most cutting–edge fertility technologies now available to patients.
1.) Fertility Preservation:
To freeze or not to freeze. Technology has advanced so that women can now halt their biological clocks. For those at risk of losing reproductive function, due to either illness or age, a groundbreaking rapid egg freezing technique called Vitrification provides hope for the future. The technology is being further developed every day and also provides viable options for single women or those not quite ready to have a child.
2.) Sperm DNA Fragmentation:
How do you test for good sperm? Until several years ago the belief was that if a man had live sperm then they were suitable for use with IVF. If pregnancy didn’t occur it was probably an egg quality issue, yet even after using “good quality” donor eggs many attempts still failed. Problem? The sperm, not the egg. Sperm quality is dependent on the amount of damage to the sperm DNA or DNA fragmentation. Now, testing can be done for sperm DNA fragmentation, allowing for many cases of formally “unknown” infertility to be explained. Many of those couples who were previously unable to conceive (and not sure why) were diagnosed with high sperm DNA fragmentation and treated successfully.
3.) Single Embryo Transfer (SET):
Sometimes one is better than two. With the dramatic increase of multiples being the single most significant complication of IVF, there is mounting concern over the safety of both mothers and babies. However, research shows high success rates above 60% for Single Embryo Transfers (SET) for women under 35. Contributing to the success of SET is Pre-Implementation Genetic Screening (PGS), in which doctors have the ability to pre-screen embryos for chromosomal abnormalities and specific genetic disorders. Plus, screen embryos on the fifth day yields more complete and accurate results than prior technologies that check embryos on the third day. Now, doctors have the ability to choose and transfer the highest quality eggs at the optimal time, which ultimately gives a higher success rate for SET.
4.) Egg Donation:
Fertility may have an expiration date, but the uterus doesn’t. Today, the percentage of women undergoing IVF treatments has increased due to the age of couples wanting start a family later in life. Many of these women have problems, not because they can’t get pregnant, but because of their age – they’ve lost most of their eggs. But there are other options if IVF is unsuccessful…donor eggs.
Fertility Centers of Illinois, S.C., is one of the nation's leading fertility treatment practices, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. With a team of nationally recognized reproductive physicians, and half of all patients seeking treatment elsewhere before finding success at FCI, the practice has earned a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. Due to the large number of patients seen and high success rates recognized throughout the nation, all FCI physicians, embryologists and support staff are stringently chosen based on educational background, medical skills and their ability to collaborate. FCI is a member of the Attain Fertility Network. FCI has multiple offices conveniently located throughout the Chicago area. For more information visit www.fcionline.com.
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