Ovulation Induction and IVF in Tucson

People seeking fertility treatment in Tucson, are often perplexed about the different options they have and which one will suit them the best. Dr. Scot Hutchison, IVF Tucson, sheds light on the two most popular types of fertility treatments, ovulation induction with intrauterine insemination and IVF. He says that the chances of conceiving are quite less in ovulation induction insemination when compared to IVF as in the latter, the fallopian tubes are bypassed. The patient is given medication to produce a bunch of eggs, which then are surgically removed and fertilized in the laboratory. Genetically evaluating the embryos is also an important tool which is quite beneficial. Dr. Hutchison also clarifies those individuals who have undergone tubal ligation surgery can’t opt for ovulation induction. Therefore, the best option for them is to go for Ovulation Induction in Tucson.

Dr. Scot Hutchison

Fertility treatments really boil down to one of two things nowadays. And the first is, just making sure people are ovulating correctly and perhaps making them make more than one egg at a time to compensate for a problem with egg quality like, like endometriosis patient might have and then making sure that the sperm are up in the reproductive track appropriately. And that’s called super ovulation or ovulation induction with intrauterine insemination. And what we are trying to do there is, just to, either give medicine to make sure that the woman releases an egg appropriately or make more than one egg, so that we have a better chance at the person getting pregnant. Umm, putting the sperm up inside the uterine cavity ensures that we get sperm, you know, where it’s supposed to go. And that’s about ten percent likely to get per somebody pregnant, per cycle on average. Sometimes, if we’re really like, we can push that up to around 15 percent, but pretty much that’s the end of the road. You can’t go really go beyond that with super ovulation and insemination or ovulation induction insemination. With In Vitro Fertilization, we’re bypassing the fallopian tubes. We’re not using the fallopian tubes at all for conception. So, the patient uses medication to make a bunch of eggs. And so, we are talking 10-15 eggs or sort of a goal and then surgically we can go in and remove those eggs, fertilize them in the laboratory. So, we don’t have to worry about whether or not these eggs are getting fertilized. Culture those embryos in the laboratory for about five days and then transfer one or two embryos back into the woman at the right time. And that’s about forty to fifty percent likely to result in pregnancy, on average, for one to two embryos, transferred at a time. Most embryo transfers now for people under age 35 should really be one embryo transfers. Genetically testing the embryos has come along in the last few years. That’s been important tool, it’s been helpful. It’s not perfect but, I would say probably over half of our patients choose to have your embryos tested. Umm, but if you’re, it’s important to know that if you’ve had a tubal ligation surgery, tubal sterilization, you can’t use intrauterine insemination or ovulation induction because the tubes are blocked, so there’s not going to be a way for those eggs to get picked up and fertilized by the fallopian tubes anymore. So, those patients, the tubal sterilization patients, either need to do In Vitro Fertilization to bypass the tubes or actually have the tubes surgically repaired which is less effective and less cost effective overall.

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