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IVF Candidates

Many types of IVF candidates find success at Texas Fertility Center

Our San Antonio IVF center offers a wealth of fertility treatment options. These range from ovulation induction and artificial insemination to in vitro fertilization and donor services. Erika Munch MD will consider your diagnosis, goals and budget to create a customized treatment plan that meets your family-building needs. Your journey to parenthood may involve in vitro fertilization if you are one of the IVF candidates.

A brief overview of in vitro fertilization

IVF is a highly effective fertility treatment that can help you overcome many fertility issues. To start the process, you’ll take medications to stimulate the production of multiple eggs. The next step is visiting our San Antonio IVF center to undergo an outpatient egg retrieval procedure.

Your eggs will then go to the IVF lab. There, our embryologists will fertilize your eggs with sperm from your partner or a donor. As the resulting embryos grow, our team will monitor their development. They will also perform preimplantation genetic testing or embryo grading to select the best ones. Finally, Dr. Munch will transfer one of the highest-quality embryos to your uterus.

What makes patients good IVF candidates?

Because there are many reasons for IVF, our San Antonio IVF center finds that several types of patients can make good IVF candidates. In fact, patients in the following groups can benefit from in vitro fertilization.

Women over age 35 are more likely to have trouble conceiving. They also tend to experience miscarriages and other complications more frequently. However, IVF with genetic testing can help women overcome age-related fertility issues due to diminished egg quality and quantity.

Patients with blocked fallopian tubes face two types of fertility issues. First, the sperm can’t reach the egg. Second, the fertilized egg can’t reach the uterus. Thankfully, in vitro fertilization doesn’t require the fallopian tubes at all.

Men facing infertility, including a low sperm count, contribute to almost half of the infertility cases. With IVF, our embryologists can fertilize the eggs using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). This treatment makes fertilization possible, even with very few sperm.

Women who have had multiple miscarriages are great IVF candidates, because chromosomal abnormalities often lead to pregnancy loss. By including genetic testing in an IVF cycle, we can determine which embryos have the appropriate number of chromosomes.

Patients who have tried other treatments, like fertility medications and artificial insemination, can use IVF to become parents. In vitro fertilization has a much higher success rate than many other treatment options.

One of the reasons for IVF is having a faster path to pregnancy

Fertility doctors often view in vitro fertilization as a “fast track to pregnancy.” This is because it allows us to transfer the embryo that is the most-likely to become a healthy baby. It also eliminates many common barriers to conception, giving you peace of mind and confidence that you’ll become a parent faster.

If you want to learn more about in vitro fertilization at our San Antonio IVF center, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team is here to help you on the path to parenthood.