Some couples have an easy time conceiving, while others do not. Often, infertility is the cause. It is a fairly common cause and is diagnosed after a couple fails to conceive after one year of having sex without using any contraception. The good news is that with advances in technology, known as assisted reproductive technology, many infertile couples go on to have happy, healthy babies.
Common causes of infertility
Some common causes of infertility include the following:
- Low sperm counts
- Issues with ovulation
- Issues with uterus or Fallopian tubes
- Failure of sperm to thrive in cervical mucus
- Diminished egg quality
- Genetic disease in either potential parent
In vitro fertilization
In vitro fertilization is a form of assisted reproductive technology that helps couples conceive a healthy baby. The in vitro fertilization process includes medication to stimulate production of eggs, which are then fertilized with sperm in a lab. Once the eggs are fertilized, the resulting embryo or embryos are then placed inside the woman’s uterus.
The outcomes of in vitro fertilization vary from situation to situation. Many women carry several babies to term, because more than one embryo was implanted inside her. Sometimes, the process may take several cycles for the potential mother to carry the baby to term. Moreover, the age and cause of infertility may result in a negative outcome.
What is preimplantation genetic testing?
Preimplantation genetic testing is one additional tool a fertility specialist has to help ensure the birth of a healthy baby. Preimplantation genetic testing is the process by which an embryo is tested for different diseases or to ensure that the embryo is healthy. Embryos can also be tested for chromosomal abnormalities. Preimplantation genetic testing can even help determine whether parents are likely to pass on harmful genes to their child. The end goal is always to help prospective parents deliver healthy babies.
How does preimplantation genetic testing work?
Early in the developmental process of the embryo, our team will collect a few cells and send them off for testing. These cells are analyzed to determine if any genetic abnormalities are present. If the embryo doesn’t have any genetic abnormalities, it will then be implanted into the mother in the hopes of a successful birth.
It is important for prospective parents to partner with experienced fertility physicians to ensure healthy outcomes. The physicians at the California Center for Reproductive Health have both the qualifications and the track record to help you overcome your infertility issues. We have five offices located in Southern California to help you. Please give one of our offices a call to schedule an appointment today.