What are the latest trends in IVF?

Dec 21, 2023
What are the latest trends in IVF?
Posted By Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM
  1. Minimal stimulation IVF: This approach aims to minimize the use of fertility drugs and hormonal stimulation during the IVF process to reduce the risk of multiple pregnancies and to make the process more affordable.

  2. Genetic testing: Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is becoming increasingly popular, as it allows for the detection of genetic disorders before an embryo is implanted in the uterus. This can help couples avoid the emotional and financial burden of having a child with a genetic disorder.

  3. Time-lapse imaging: This technology allows for the continuous monitoring of embryo development without disturbing the growing cells. This can help in identifying the most viable embryos for implantation.

  4. Use of frozen eggs: The use of frozen eggs is becoming more common as more women are choosing to delay motherhood. This allows them to have a chance at having a genetically-related child later in life, even if they are no longer fertile.

  5. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT): NIPT allows for the detection of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome in a fetus as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy, this can help in the early identification of a certain genetic condition of the fetus which can help couples in making their decision related to the pregnancy.

These are just a few examples, but it's worth noting that the field of IVF is rapidly evolving, and new technologies and techniques are constantly being developed and refined.

Did you notice that nowhere above does it speak about improving egg, lining, or sperm quality? These are amongst three important factors which can, in large part, determine the success or lack thereof in the IVF embryo-transfer process.

To enter the journey of assisted reproductive medicine without maximizing the quality of eggs, lining and sperm are analogous to putting an untrained 60-year-old in the ring with Mike Tyson in his prime. 

Think about this and see if what I've written makes sense to you.