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PGS/NGS Increases Your IVF Pregnancy Success Rate By 30 Percent

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15624758 - two-cell embryo  , 3d illustrationGenetic screening of embryos in vitro has increased yearly IVF pregnancy success rates at New Hope Fertility Center by 30 percent. By checking out this data, you can get an idea of your average chance of pregnancy success through IVF. Look: PGS/NGS is recommended because this technology is proven to increase a patient’s average chances of pregnancy success. Why does this matter? All IVF success rates vary per the context of patient and treatment protocol characteristics. Bonus: PGS/NGS identifies the gender of your embryos so that you can plan and balance the sexes of your children.

IVF Candidates for Genetic Screening

We typically recommend genetic screening in conjunction with IVF for patients meeting one or more of the following categories.

  • Age 35 and older
  • History of previous pregnancies
  • History of miscarriages
  • History of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen transfers

When a woman reaches an advanced maternal age – over 35 – her chances for conceiving a baby having chromosomal abnormalities increase.

Why is this important? Low quality embryos:

  • Reduce pregnancy success rates
  • Increase miscarriage rates
  • Increase chances for birth defects

PGS/NGS Technology

There are a number of genetic conditions that can adversely alter the course of life – both for baby and parents. PGS and NGS can be performed on each embryo developing in vitro – in the lab.

PGS/NGS is used to identify the most suitable and healthiest embryo(s) to transfer. This genetic screening technology detects chromosomal deficiencies in embryos – aneuploidy – an extra or missing chromosome.Read more: PGS/NGS Increases Your IVF Pregnancy Success Rate By 30 Percent

Is it Time for You to See a Fertility Doctor?


shutterstock_192934715If you are under 35 and have not been able to get pregnant after having regular, unprotected sexual intercourse for at one year, you should see a fertility doctor. For women over 35, the time period for trying to get pregnant naturally is shortened to six months. Look: A woman’s fertility is dependent upon her overall health, wellness and lifestyle choices. Many women suffering from infertility use up too much valuable time trying to conceive naturally when there is a simple medical solution to their problem. Bottom Line: Don’t delay treatment.

When to See a Fertility Doctor

Infertility can be difficult to diagnose. The sooner you seek help from a fertility doctor, the less time you will waste trying to get pregnant.

  • A woman’s peak fertility years are in her 20s to mid-30s
  • Women in their peak fertility years have a 20 percent chance of pregnancy every month
  • A woman’s fertility level begins to decline after 30 and there is a precipitous drop after she turns 35
  • Women over 40 only have about a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant during any given month

Symptoms of Infertility

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

  • Inability to get pregnant
  • Menstrual cycle lasting too long – over 35 days
  • Too short of a menstrual cycle – under 21 days
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Absent menstrual cycle

Common Causes of Female-Factor Infertility

You may be suffering from one of these medical conditions:

  • Failure to ovulate
  • Irregular ovulation
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Blocked Fallopian tubes
  • Abnormally shaped uterus or cervix
  • Hormonal imbalance

Read more: Is it Time for You to See a Fertility Doctor?