Fertility Blog

Is IVF My Best Option?

Now more than ever, pregnancy is possible for those who are struggling to conceive. Reproductive technologies have advanced exponentially in recent decades, allowing more opportunities for intended parents beyond traditional conception. According to the CDC, in vitro fertilization is the most effective method of assisted reproductive technology (ART), and is growing in popularity. Despite its popularity, IVF is a more demanding medical process. Depending on your medical needs and your expectations about starting a family, IVF may be the best path for you.


This condition causes uterine tissue to grow outside the uterus. Consequently, cysts on the ovaries and scar tissue develop, causing irritation in the pelvic area. Endometriosis is not only very painful, but it affects egg quality. When egg quality and quantity are compromised, it may be difficult to conceive even in good health; because of this, many women choose to conceive via IVF.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PCOS is a common hormonal condition affecting 10% of women of reproductive age. Those with PCOS have abnormally high levels of androgen, the “male” hormone; this causes irregular menstruation cycles, and ovulating can be a challenge. Other symptoms range from painful menstrual cramps to infertility. IVF is a great option for those who suffer from PCOS.

Fallopian Tube Related Infertility

When the fallopian tubes are scarred, blocked, or otherwise damaged, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy pregnancy. IVF avoids the use of fallopian tubes during treatment, so this would be an effective option compared to fertility treatments or artificial insemination.

Male Factor Infertility

Fertility generally begins to decline after 32, even in men. The quality of their sperm does show a decline as they age--testes will continue to produce sperm, but sperm cell production slows. However, even in otherwise healthy young men, infertility can arise and prevent conception. In cases of low sperm count, IVF is recommended, as it is still possible to fertilize an egg.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing

IVF is often reserved for when other methods such as fertility drugs and artificial insemination haven’t worked. The IVF process includes access to genetic testing of embryos, also known as GPTs. A small biopsy of an embryo after it has grown to over 100 cells will be tested for possible genetic disorders and will allow the healthy embryo to be transferred to the uterus. This eliminates the possibility of either parent passing on hereditary conditions.

Natural IVF and IUI

A more affordable option for intended parents is Minimal Stimulation IVF, or “Mini IVF”. This is often less stressful than traditional IVF because it requires less involvement from the patient. Natural IVF takes less time and carries a lowered risk of multiples. This is a wonderful option for those looking for a lower-cost approach with fewer medical commitments.

IUI, also known as intrauterine insemination {IUI}, is often the first step in a couple’s fertility journey. This method is also popular amongst women with endometriosis, irregular cycles, or other fertility challenges. Sperm is deposited into the uterus via a catheter, getting the sperm closer to the egg and allowing for easier fertilization. Conceiving via IUI is a more cost-effective, faster procedure than other fertility treatments.

If you have questions about IFV, or if you would like to discuss fertility options, the Washington Fertility Center is here to answer any questions you have. We are dedicated to providing top-quality care and high success with our patients--contact us today to schedule a consultation.