IVF is not the only road to the holy grail of conception for those facing slim odds. Some look to it as the magic bullet — the one “sure” way to be parents using “our own” eggs and sperm. Even though it permeates the pop-culture mindshare — for example, HuffPost: IVF — it really is not the only answer and it’s not necessarily as reliable as it is often made out to be. And for some, it is simply not a realistic option.
However, for those who will go the route of IVF, there is good news. The advent of embryo vitrification (super-fast freezing) has greatly improved the viability of those embryos. In fact, the trending thought in the ART community is that a frozen embryo transferred into a womb under “natural” cycle conditions (rather than “stimulated” conditions) has a better chance than a fresh transfer.
Dr. Geoffrey Sher calls for a revision to the way IVF success rates are reported so that patients TTC can make better-informed decisions. He suggests that going forward, IVF success rates should be reported as “live births per embryo transferred.” For more on his reasoning, his post Taking a Fresh Approach to Reporting IVF Success Rate Statistics makes a lot of sense and sheds clear light on how results of the current technology can be best assessed.
Are you considering IVF? What about vitrification? Have you discussed the choice of fresh transfer vs frozen transfer with your clinician? What have you tried to alleviate your fertility challenges before going to IVF?
IVF = in vitro fertilization
ART = assisted reproductive technology
TTC = trying to conceive
Just a heads up for anyone who would like more information on the journey we go on as we deal with fertility challenges! I have been invited to talk about Infertility and how coaching can support you going through this experience – so I am sure a lot of your questions will be answered! If they are not, please comment on this post, with your question. Please also comment if you liked what you heard, and want to know more. For anyone who does post a comment on this post regarding the show, I will be giving away 5 Resolve magazines (Resolve), that just landed on my desk today, to the lucky individuals – I will do a draw to decide who receives these great resources of info! They have an article called ‘The Light at the End of the Tunnel’ which immediately draws my attention as its very much in alignment with my coaching philosophy!
I am being interviewed so the conversation will be lively! We will be discussing lots of different things that make our lives interesting, and how coaching is part of the quest to finding out what makes us tick and realise our potential! Who knows what the questions will be! I’m hoping a big part of our discussion will also be about setting clear intentions going into the New Year, and how we can make a conscious choice around what is most important to us to help guide us around what we want to focus on going into 2009! I am the KeystoClarity! Coach, so come and learn a little more about me, and what exciting ventures and adventures will be happening next year….next week and how they could involve you, or set you on your own path!