The birth of Louise Brown brings the revolution in the medical industry and over the last three decades, the fertility industry has altered dramatically. Fertility treatment has been around for 35 years now and in those 35 years the industry improves itself amazingly in terms of technology, practices and success rates.
Even though several advances in the world of fertility treatments have been made but the procedure of treatment has remained the same. However the laboratory environment, embryos selection, improvements in culture media and the freezing techniques are some of the aspects that received major innovation in these 35 years.
Difference between the treatment given today and ten years ago
When it comes to the IVF treatment, there has been a great evolution over the past 35 years. What's more the most present day advances identify with treatment protocols which are much more patient friendly. Though traditional IVF treatment included no less than four weeks of taking medications for ovarian stimulation, and hormones to stimulate the ovaries, these days we can accomplish the same with a two week procedure. The new medicines or drugs used in the treatment have basically no reactions, which is an incredible point of interest to patients.
Research states that there has been a tremendous growth in the demand of fertility treatment. Is it so?
There are numerous reasons for the increased demand of fertility treatments. Today women are delaying to conceive at the age when they have high rate of conceiving for a variety of reasons. We all know that natural fertility starts declining with the growing age and majorly decrease over the age of 35 years. Several women are there who seek fertility treatment in their early forties, a stage when IVF is less successful. The second reason is the increase in damages or blocked Fallopian Tubes because of the endometriosis, previous surgery and pelvic infections. Particularly a dramatic increase in Chlamydial infection in women that has had a big effect on Fallopian Tube has been noticed. The third one is the quality of sperm related to men's diet or environmental factors. Additionally, women with high BMI as fertility is reduces in this case comes in the same category.
Are there new developments in the future of fertility treatments?
Though the treatment has developed so much since its introduction in the medical field, there are still some areas that require research and improvement and Blastocyst culture is one of them within the IVF field. Today embryos are transferred back to the uterus after 5-6 days when they reach their Blastocyst stage and the improvement is required when it comes to select the best embryos for transfer. One of the main concerns associated with In Vitro Fertilization is multiple pregnancies and it is required to reduce it as much as possible without compromising the success rate of the treatment. In this regard, Blastocyst culture has provided very promising outcomes.
However a healthy lifestyle for both partners can all enhance the success rates of fertility treatments.