Chances of Getting Pregnant Following Houston IVF Treatment

Chances of Getting Pregnant Following Houston IVF Treatment

dr parikh 2019One of the most common questions patients ask following IVF treatment is “What are my chances of getting pregnant? Do I need to store more embryos?” Though there are a multitude of variables which affect the answers to these questions (age, prior history of pregnancy loss, cause of infertility, desired number of children, and more), our patients deserve an evidence-based response which may shed light on their potential to conceive. Thankfully, with decades of data collected through a variety of institutions, we are able to better answer this question.

Few would deny that over time, advancements in the field of reproductive medicine have increased a woman’s chance of conceiving dramatically since its debut in the 1980’s. Changes in monitoring and retrieval techniques as well as fertilization procedures and embryo freezing/thawing protocols in the laboratory have played essential roles. With the advent of PGT-A (preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy), physicians are able to reduce the likelihood of chromosomally abnormal early pregnancies and miscarriages. Of interest are the findings from recent data accumulated and analyzed by Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMA), which revealed that women who have 3 normal embryos by PGT-A analysis have a 94.9% chance of achieving a pregnancy, regardless of age.  Additionally, the same research team found that pregnancy rates were higher in patients following transfer of their first embryo than those needing subsequent embryo transfers for failed prior transfer. In short, you need at least 3 genetically normal embryos to have 1 clinical pregnancy. 

Worldwide, the average age of “first-time” mothers has been increasing. The most common reason for this shift is simple…education. Women today are postponing child-bearing for their careers. However, you’ll be relieved to know that studies performed by Cornell researchers show that the age at which eggs are retrieved has no statistically significant effect on implantation rates or clinical pregnancy rates when transferring embryos that are known to be chromosomally normal.  This data may affect a patient’s decision to store more embryos for future use.  

Additionally, researchers have also found that, despite PGT-A (genetic) testing to identify euploid or “normal” embryo status, not all embryos are created equal. Embryos biopsied on Day 5 or Day 6 differed from embryos permitted to grow and biopsied on Day 7. Parameters of implantation, clinical pregnancy and live birth rates were lower for those embryos biopsied on Day 7 (Flisser et. Al, Human Reproduction, 2019). 

The use of frozen embryo transfers has also been gaining popularity for physicians and patients alike. Not only does it ease the scheduling process for both parties involved, but studies show that frozen embryo transfers may be associated with a slightly increased pregnancy rate given the more hormonally physiologic environment to which the embryo is exposed. Endometrial development is also thought to be more appropriately synced. Additionally, frozen embryos permit for time needed to complete genetic testing. 

For some individuals, multiple IVF cycles are needed to attain 3 normal embryos. The cost of medications and procedures only add to the stress of infertility and the waning hopes of getting pregnant. Fortunately, when single cycle outcomes are compared to multi-cycle outcomes, the outcomes are the same…individuals who had transferred a genetically normal embryo obtained from one cycle or following multiple cycles are similar implantation and clinical pregnancy rates. 

Between building your career, traveling, and, oh yeah, trying to find the right partner, it can be pretty difficult to prepare for the future. At HART Fertility, our goal is to help you make the best decision to support your future family goals. Whether you are actively trying to conceive or just having a “back up plan”, let us help you. 

HART Fertility Clinic in North Houston Offers Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

HART Fertility Clinic in North Houston Offers Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

We’ve offered insight on egg freezing as a treatment for infertility at our clinic in The Woodlands and Kingwood, but embryo freezing is another option we offer.

Embryo Freezing vs. Egg Freezing

The main difference between freezing eggs and freezing embryos is that embryos require fertilization with sperm. When patients decide to attempt egg freezing, the eggs are extracted and then frozen so that they can be used at a later date. When it comes to embryo freezing, on the other hand, eggs are extracted, then fertilized in our Houston IVF lab, and then frozen for use in the future.

When patients freeze their embryos, we are able to complete Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT), which helps the team at our Houston fertility clinic determine which embryos have the best chance at resulting in a successful pregnancy. This is just another service we offer to help our patients achieve their dreams of experiencing the special, unique joy that children provide. 

How Does Frozen Embryo Transfer Work?

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) takes place when the patient is ready to try getting pregnant. At this time, we will prepare the uterus to accept the embryo with the use of hormonal manipulation. Once the uterus is ready, we will thaw the embryo and inject it into the uterus with the help of an abdominal ultrasound. The patient won’t feel any pain when this occurs.

Who Can Freeze Their Embryos?

Virtually all women who want to be mothers in the future can benefit from embryo freezing, but Doctor Toral Parikh, one of our Houston IVF specialists, notes that other groups can also benefit from this treatment, such as:

  • People suffering from genetic disorders that affect reproduction
  • People who are about to undergo chemo
  • People who take medications that may affect fertility Same-sex couples
  • People in the LGBTQ+ community who may want children in the future

HART Fertility Specialists in The Woodlands and Kingwood Wish to Help You Have Children

If you think embryo freezing may be a great way to help you preserve your fertility, then please book an appointment with our caring specialists in North Houston. Our team will gladly answer all your questions and support you throughout the entire process.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing Through Houston IVF

Preimplantation Genetic Testing Through Houston IVF

At HART Fertility Clinic in Kingwood and The Woodlands, we want all of our patients, whether they be young couples, older couples, LGBTQ+ couples, or single, to have a successful pregnancy so they can experience the special joy children bring. In order to achieve this, we offer Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) in an attempt to make fertility procedures more successful.

What is Preimplantation Genetic Testing?

Did you know that your embryos can be tested prior to being transferred into your (or your donor’s) uterus? This is done through In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which means eggs are fertilized by sperm outside of the body. When completing genetic testing we perform a simple biopsy, which can give us insight on embryo quality by showing any genetic abnormalities that may affect your chances of achieving a successful birth. Genetically healthy embryos are then transferred to the uterus.

Who Does HART Fertility in North Houston Recommend PGT to?

With her extensive research and experience in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Doctor Dorothy Roach, M.D., recommends PGT for couples that are undergoing North Houston IVF fertility treatment if one or both partners have a history of genetic disorders. She also recommends it if one or both partners possess an Aneuploidy, which refers to an abnormal chromosome count.

PGT may also prove beneficial if one or both parents is a carrier of a translocated chromosome. A translocated chromosome is one that has broken and incorrectly repaired itself during the cell growth process. Often this results in one part of the chromosome meshing with another part of a different chromosome. Mothers who are of advanced maternal age and/or has had a history of miscarriages may also benefit from PGT.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing May Help Improve Chances of Your Fertility Treatments Working

Our fertility specialists in North Houston recommend PGT because it can help us and the intended parents gain a better idea of which embryo will have the greatest success. If you would like to take part in genetic testing through IVF, please schedule an appointment with us in Kingwood or The Woodlands. We look forward to helping you also experience the joy and love of a child.

HART fertility clinic team

Season's Greetings: Year-End Update from HART Fertility in North Houston

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We have recently analyzed our data for the past 5 years. We are proud to announce that our fertilization and blastocyst (day 5 embryo) formation rates have been consistently very high.

Our fertilization rate has been over 80% and our blastocyst formation rate has been over 50% in the 5 past years.

These rates ensure we provide the best quality of care to our patients. Our Houston IVF laboratory is built solid to provide the best environment for our patients’ embryos. Our embryologists also do an outstanding job taking care of your eggs, sperm and embryos. No wonder we had the highest pregnancy rate in the country in the past.

We look forward to meeting both past, current, and future patients at our open house. We will provide the date and time soon. You can also get a second opinion for free if you have any questions about the care you have been receiving.

hart team

Houston Fertility Treatment: IVF With Donor Eggs

Houston Fertility Treatment: IVF With Donor Eggs

When it comes to infertility treatments, IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) is a very good option which demonstrates high success rates. IVF is a procedure in which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside of the body in order to increase chances of pregnancy. If your own eggs are low in quality and/or quantity, Doctor Toral Parikh, M.D. recommends undergoing IVF treatment with donor eggs for a number of cases and reasons.

Who Is A Good Candidate For IVF With Donor Eggs?

IVF with the use of donor eggs is suitable for many different cases. It may be beneficial for women who have undergone cancer treatment and have had their ovaries damaged or removed, women who have already undergone our typical Houston IVF treatment but haven’t had much luck, or women who are experiencing age-related fertility challenges. Women who were born without their ovaries as a result of a congenital anomaly and gay male couples wishing to have a child can also benefit from donor eggs.

We recommend you first come in for an appointment in which our specialists ask about medical and sexual histories and conduct different tests to determine what kind of procedure is the best option for you, as we offer many different procedures for different circumstances.

A Basic Understanding of the Process of IVF With Donor Eggs

Once you and our specialists have agreed that this is the best treatment for you, we will help you find a donor, which takes a lot of time and can take a mental toll on the intended parents, but Doctor Parikh and the rest of the team will be there with you the entire time. After the donor is found, legal decisions must be made, and once the legal matters are sorted, the treatment cycle itself will begin when the egg donor and intended mother (if applicable) get their periods.

Your donor will take hormones to stimulate her egg production. Much like the typical IVF treatment, we will retrieve the eggs once they have matured and then the intended father will offer a semen sample to fertilize the egg.

IVF Treatment at HART Fertility Clinic in Houston

Infertility is a challenge, but our team at Hart Fertility is here to support you the entire way and offer you the best care possible. If you and your partner are considering IVF with donor eggs, please book an appointment with us so we can start building our relationship with you and help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.