Q. Is the information that is available publicly about IVF clinics reliable?
Ans. The pregnancy data of IVF clinics is collected by SART and CDC each year. The information is not validated by these institutions on a routine basis. Although it is possible that entries into the database are sometimes wrong, most experts believe that the data is reliable since validation inspections may occur and clinics are at risk to lose their license or be negatively affected by bad publicity.
Q. What is the general progression of infertility treatment?
Ans. A variety of procedures can be used to diagnose the cause of infertility in a couple; these range from simple blood tests to more complicated analytical methods. In any case, diagnosis is a crucial first step to determine the appropriate therapeutic path that should be followed. In addition to the cause itself, other factors, such as the age of the woman, or problems shared by both partners, might also influence the choice of treatment.
Q. What treatment options do infertile couples have?
Ans. Several options are offered to couples depending on the type of infertility that has been diagnosed. The vast majority of female patients are successfully treated with the administration of drugs such as Clomiphene Citrate, Bromocriptine or Gonadotrophins. Surgery can also be a means to repair damage to the reproductive organs, such as those caused by endometriosis and infectious diseases. Treatment options for male infertility also include the administration of drugs, surgery and assisted reproductive technologies, such as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). Drug therapy and surgery have proved very successful for specific types of male infertility. However, in a great number of cases, the reason why men have fertility problems remains unexplained and the treatment methods applied are empirical. Some patients nevertheless require more complex medical intervention.
Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) refer to several different methods designed to overcome barriers to natural fertilization such as anatomical problems (e.g. blocked fallopian tubes). One of these techniques, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), has now been practiced for more than 15 years. Overall, the estimated number of infertile patients currently treated by ART is around 20%
Q. What about the health risks for children born following infertility treatment?
Ans. Regarding children born following treatment with ovulation promoting drugs, the incidence of birth defects has never been found to be higher than that in the normal population. The same goes for babies conceived after IVF. The incidence of malformations is around 2%, which is comparable to that of babies born naturally, without any treatment.
In patients undergoing ICSI the incidence of malformation is around 2.7%. If the father has a low count, there is a chance that the male child, born following ICSI may also inherit the defect.
Q. Less-costly In vitro fertilization treatment and a relaxing IVF vacation... this sounds too good to be true. Is there a catch?
Ans. We get asked this question a lot. The truth is IVF fertility treatments cost many thousands of dollars more in the U.S. than in the Czech Republic. It is well reported in the news that the increasingly high cost of medical treatment is forcing Americans to consider going abroad for treatment, such as In vitro fertilization. My IVF Alternative enables you to have your IVF treatment, and enjoy a European vacation, for less money than an IVF treatment in the U.S. In addition, IVF and trip expenses can be tax deductable.