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How Many Eggs do you need for IVF?

on Mar 16, 2013

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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How Many Eggs do you need for IVF?

The number of eggs produced will depend on the ovarian reserve of the female. Hence, age plays a very specific role in IVF and also its success.

Infertility can be extremely painful. Knowing that you can’t have a child can be devastating at many levels. It can crumple you emotionally and bring you down. However, thanks to the recent advancements in science, there are a number of ways to overcome infertility. One of these ways is to choose an infertility treatment. There are many different infertility treatments for you to choose from but the most popular one is IVF or In Vitro Fertilization. This is a very complex, sophisticated, and advanced process. It is extremely expensive but the success rate is more when compared to other infertility treatments. It is carried out only when other infertility treatments such as drugs and artificial insemination don’t work. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Sperm count vs. female eggs

There are many reasons why one may not be able to conceive. The problem may lie in either the male or the female. The sperm count may be low or the sperm motility may be at fault. On the other hand in females, the problem may lie in the ovaries. Whatever it may be, IVF can be the solution for you. In this method, the eggs of the female and the sperm of the male are taken and fertilized in lab conditions. They are kept under those conditions until embryo stage and then transferred into the womb.

Donor sperm and eggs

If the man fails to produce sperm all together, a male donor can be chosen. If the woman fails to produce eggs, a female donor may be chosen. There are cases in which both male and female donors are used. Additionally, it is not necessary for the embryo to be implanted in the female. Under certain circumstances, a surrogate may be needed for implantation.

Age

Another reason behind infertility is the age factor and this is vital when it comes to IVF. As the woman grows older the number of eggs in her ovaries or her ovarian reserve tends to deplete. The number of eggs produced will depend on the ovarian reserve of the female. Hence, age plays a very specific role in IVF and also its success. With growing age, the chances of success of IVF also come down. Each ovulation releases one egg but during IVF, medicines or hormones are injected so that not one but multiple eggs are produced in the female body. The number of eggs produced through hormones will also depend on the ovarian reserve. If the ovarian reserve has a respectable number of eggs, one shot of hormones can produce a minimum of fifteen and a maximum of twenty eggs. All these can be used for IVF. If the ovarian reserve is low, the same shot can produce only six or only eight eggs that can be used for IVF. Thus, it all depends on the ovarian reserve. If the ovarian reserve has extremely low or no eggs a donor may be used.

Multiple births

After all the eggs are fertilized, doctors recommend the transfer of not one but at least three embryos to ensure success. Hence, you should prepare yourself for multiple births when you go for IVF.

Internal factors

The difficulty lies in stimulating the ovaries to produce more eggs. This may depend on the medicines or the treatments used. In many cases, the body also plays an important role. Some female bodies are just not cooperative and some others are very cooperative. There are many internal factors that can play a role and specific results can’t be expected. There have been cases when women with low ovarian reserve have produced more eggs on injection of hormones.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

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    I am just about 35 years old. Am I too old to have a child ?

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