I’m over 40. Is IVF treatment possible?
Under the law, the age limit for infertility treatment is 49.
I’m over 40. Can I have my own child?
Infertility treatment with the use of the woman’s own germ cells (eggs) is not recommended to women over 40 because of the high probability of chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo. Donor Egg Treatment is possible.
I’m over 40 and my period is irregular. Is IVF treatment recommended?
Irregularities in the menstrual cycle may be treated hormonally with combinations of estrogen and gestagen. The treatment usually lasts three months and if it is successful, an IVF preparatory period may begin.
I’ve been diagnosed with uterine myomas. Is it possible for me to conceive?
Uterine myomas are common with women over 30. You should see a doctor before trying to conceive. Based on test results as well as the size and location of the myomas, surgery might be recommended. Small myomas (up to 3 cm) do not typically require surgery. During pregnancy, uterine myomas may grow but do not endanger the embryo. Women with this condition are usually in special care for at-risk or pathological pregnancies.
I’ve undergone cervical conization as part of my treatment for cervical cancer. Is it possible for me to conceive?
If your cancer treatment is over and your cytology test results are all negative, you may start planning your pregnancy. You should know that, in some cases, cervical conization may slightly increase the risk of premature delivery.
My partner is quite anxious that the best quality sperm reaches the egg. Can anything be done to increase the chances?
ICSI (injection of sperm directly into the egg) is a procedure in which a microscope is used to locate the morphologically highest quality sperm, i.e. one with the best formed head, neck and tail. This procedure also involves a motility test where sperm is subjected to a highly viscous environment so only well-formed sperm or sperm with the least number of anomalies and with good motility is selected.
Although I had a child in the past, I’m having trouble conceiving now that I’m in a relationship with an older man. His spermogram is just below the norm but doctors don’t seem to think this is necessarily the problem. Are there any IVF procedures you could recommend?
There are many causes of infertility. If the spermogram results are relatively within the norm, we recommend PISCI. This technique allows for selection of sperm that is healthy in shape and with the lowest probability of chromosomal abnormalities.
You could also focus more on testing the sperm; several genetic tests are now available and could help you understand the problem. Any IVF doctor is able to explain these options in more detail.
I’m worried about multiple pregnancy. Is it possible to implant only one embryo even though I’m 38 years old? How is the best embryo selected?
If you’re worried about multiple pregnancy, implanting only one embryo is a possible solution. To choose the best embryo, we recommend Embryo Monitoring. A special camera is used to monitor the embryo as it develops and to identify any imperfection, defect or problem in cell division. During this procedure, the embryo remains in the incubator, which means its environment is not disturbed at all. An embryo chosen in this process has higher chances of successful implantation and therefore of successful pregnancy.
I’ve undergone various IVF treatments. Is there anything I can do to increase my chances of success?
A combination of PISCI and Embryo Monitoring is highly recommended. PISCI allows for the selection of healthy sperm capable of fertilising a healthy egg in ICSI (injection of sperm directly into the egg). This method significantly increases the success rate of fertilised eggs. The higher the number of eggs, the higher the number of embryos, which leads to a higher probability of successful transfer and implantation.
Fertilised eggs are placed in a cultivation box where they are continuously monitored up to the blastocyst stage. This method allows for immediate detection of any developmental abnormalities in the embryo. It is perfect for couples who wish to make sure the best embryo(s) are used in transfer and implanted.