If you’ve been struggling to conceive for a while, and are looking for a new method of treatment that can boost your chances of getting pregnant, you may have come across in vitro fertilisation.

IVF is an incredibly successful fertility treatment, which is largely due to its highly in-depth nature and the fact that it doesn’t leave a large amount of the fertilisation process down to chance.

Because of this, it is a popular choice with couples in many different situations. There are a large number of scenarios that IVF can help with, some of which you may not even be aware of.

Therefore, to help make your research easier and to give you a clear picture of whether IVF is the best step forward in your fertility journey, we have put together a list of situations where this treatment is a valid option.

If you are considering IVF, but aren’t entirely sure if it is suitable for you, read on to find out more.

If you have tried other treatment unsuccessfully

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If you have tried other fertility treatments, such as insemination, on multiple occasions without success, then it may be time to consider an alternative method.

IVF is one of the best options on the market for people who are trying to start a family, and haven’t managed to achieve their goal using other methods of fertility treatment. This is because the IVF procedure is a more comprehensive process than others, and uses further steps to encourage success.

Fertility that is affected by age

While the IVF procedure may certainly be used by women of all ages, it can particularly assist older women who wish to fall pregnant, but have struggled to conceive naturally after trying for a year.

This is due to the fact that fertility decreases naturally with age. Therefore, using a method that takes extra measures to achieve pregnancy may be preferable with aging women.

Women with known fertility problems

IVF is also an incredibly useful procedure for women who have known fertility problems, as it can help us to assist them in overcoming the issues that they have been diagnosed with.

These fertility issues can include endometriosis or obstructed fallopian tubes, as the process of IVF removes the need for sperm to travel through tubes to the egg. Knowing about this issue in advance, and using IVF to overcome it can greatly improve the chance of a successful conception.

Sperm mobility

Sperm Mobility

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If a fertility issue is found with the sperm mobility, the IVF procedure can give a helping hand to bypass this problem.

As the sperm is directly injected into the egg, there is no need for it to travel. This increases the chance of pregnancy, as it overcomes any mobility issues.

Using preserved fertility

Sadly, it is known that cancer treatment can negatively affect an individual’s fertility.

However, couples whose fertility is affected by cancer treatments can choose to preserve eggs or sperm before their treatment begins, meaning that their fertility is frozen and preserved.

This means that once treatment is over, and the couple feels ready to, they can combine their preserved fertility with the process of IVF, to ensure that the option to start or grow their family is not lost.

Same-sex couples

IVF can give same-sex couples an option to begin, or grow their family.

They can benefit from the use of IVF with donated sperm or eggs, depending on their requirements. This will allow them to conceive a child that is partially genetically related to them.

This is also an option for single women who may wish to start a family.

Individuals or couples worried about their fertility history, or family genetics regarding infertility, can discuss this with our fertility experts. Our specialist team will be able to advise you on if IVF is the best choice for you, or advise other treatments which may suit you more in your fertility journey.