Herzliya Medical Center
Approximately 10-15% of couples struggle with conceiving. Numerous factors influence fertility in men and women. Couples who have been trying to conceive without success may be interested in pursuing IVF treatments. Since opening in 1987, HMC’s IVF department has assisted in the conception of 9,000 babies.
In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment provides a solution for couples who have failed to conceive naturally for over a year. It also serves those who have already gone through a series of unsuccessful fertility treatments, or as a starting treatment in instances of fallopian tube blockage or low sperm quality – both only treatable by IVF.
Infertility is the condition where pregnancy is not achieved one year after the beginning of conception attempts. It is relatively common, with close to 15% of couples experiencing obstacles to conception. Fertility problems can occur in either men or women and in some cases both partners. Artificial insemination or IVF involves a lengthy medical procedure, whereby the egg and sperm are extracted and fertilized in a laboratory and then reinserted into the uterus. For couples who have failed to conceive naturally, the ultimate objective of the IVF procedure is the result of a healthy, full-term pregnancy.
There are numerous reasons as to why a woman may struggle to conceive. Medical conditions, hormone irregularities, or abnormalities of the reproductive organs can all affect fertility. Your physician will assess your medical history and try to identify suspect causes, as well as perform a physical exam and series of blood tests, in order to find a cause and appropriate solution.
Other endocrinology tests may be performed to determine thyroid function, prolactin levels and elevated levels in testosterone (an indication of the polycystic ovarian syndrome), which all may affect infertility.
Women in their mid-30s and onwards wishing to conceive may experience difficulties, as their eggs begin to decline and are of poorer quality. Environmental factors like smoking, weight, sexual history and alcohol are all high-risk factors that influence infertility. Unexplained infertility is a phenomenon defining 15% of infertile couples that undergo all required tests, without reaching a diagnosis from a physician. Even though the cause for infertility remains unknown, in most cases at HMC we treat these couples successfully.
By consulting with our specialists at HMC before conceiving, we can advise treatments to determine the cause of infertility and to improve your fertility. If you have been experiencing problems conceiving for over a year, or if you experience irregular or painful menstruations, suffer from endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease, our specialists may be able to help apponting you to the appropriate IVF procedure