IVF Best Option
Bay IVF - Advanced Reproductive Care                                Palo Alto  650-322-0500

 

Is IVF Your Best Treatment Option?

You may not need In Vitro Fertilization to conceive. There may be alternative and less expensive treatment options for you.

You and your partner should have sufficient "exposure" to pregnancy before spending time, money, and emotional energy on fertility tests and treatment. On the other hand, it is very important that you do not wait too long. Please note that there is no distinction between having unprotected intercourse and "trying" to conceive. They both represent "exposure" to conception.

The following table illustrates the recommended length of "exposure," as it relates to the female partner’s age, before consulting a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) specialist.

Length of "Exposure" before Consulting an REI Specialist
Female Age No
Exposure
1 to 3 months 4 to 6 months 7 to 9 months 10 to 12 months 13 or more months
35 or Less Begin sexual activity Continue sexual activity Continue sexual activity Continue sexual activity Continue sexual activity Consult
REI
36 to 37 Begin sexual activity Continue sexual activity Continue sexual activity Continue sexual activity Consult
REI
 
38 to 39 Begin sexual activity Continue sexual activity Continue sexual activity Consult
REI
   
40 to 41 Begin sexual activity Continue sexual activity Consult
REI
     
42 to 44 Consult
REI
         

 

The selection of the most appropriate treatment option for you will be primarily based on the length of your infertility, the age of the female partner, the presence of male factor infertility, and the condition of the Fallopian tubes.

You should consider In Vitro Fertilization treatment if any of the following apply to you:

  • History of pelvic adhesions
  • Presence of male infertility
  • Long-standing infertility: no contraception for 18 months or more
  • Decreasing "ovarian reserve": female age over 37
  • You have had unsuccessful intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment
  • You have had unsuccessful ovarian stimulation treatment

 

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