31 January 2015

Donor Egg IVF at one of the Most Successful Fertility Clinics in Europe

EmBIO Medical Center achieves high ivf success rates (reaching 70%) through egg donation programs and other fertility treatments ( donor embryos, tandem ivf, etc).

You can start your fertility treatment at home and come to EmBIO (Athens, Greece) on the day of the embryo transfer. There is no waiting list. Egg donor recipients can be readily treated

16 December 2014

What does the IVF process involve?

During an IVF procedure the woman is injected with hormones in order to produce multiple eggs during each cycle. She also receives injections of medication that ripens the developing eggs and starts the ovulation process. Ultrasound and blood tests are carried out to determine the right time for egg retrieval, which is just before the egg emerges from the follicles in the ovaries. Retrieving the eggs too early or too late will prevent them from developing normally.  Women are provided with instructions to follow the night before and the day of the procedure, and some of them are provided with pain medication. They also have a choice of full anesthesia or being mildly sedated.

During the retrieval of the eggs procedure—which varies from less than 30 minutes up to an hour—the doctor will locate follicles in the ovary with ultrasound and use a hollow needle to remove the eggs.

Right after retrieval of the eggs, they will be mixed with the partner’s sperm in the lab. The sperm must have been donated on that same day.

After this procedure, the couple goes home while the fertilized eggs remain under observation in the lab. 

8 December 2014

How do I choose the right for me clinic for an IVF?

In choosing an infertility clinic, there are several financial, procedural, and other questions to ask the staff of the fertility center before deciding to undergo the procedure.

Dr Th. Paraschos
1.      What is your success ratio for pregnancies per embryo transfer?

4 December 2014

What is the success rate of IVF?

It depends on the patient characteristics, treatment approaches and a number of other factors. In addition, it should be noted that pregnancy rates differ from live birth rates.

According to women ages, the approximate live birth rate for each IVF cycle in USA is:

·         30 to 35% for ages up to 35
·         25% for ages 35 to 37
·         15 to 20% for ages 38 to 40
·         6 to 10% for ages over 40

In order to compare success rates of different clinics, it should be clear what type of pregnancies are being compared, i.e. chemical or clinical pregnancies. Chemical pregnancies are the ones confirmed by blood or urine tests, where clinical pregnancies are the ones verified through ultrasound. A miscarriage may occur in both cases, however, in a clinical pregnancy it is less likely.

A 2009 report shows a pregnancy success rate in an average of 29.4% of all cycles (higher or lower depending on the woman’s age)
The average success rate of live births was 22.4% (higher or lower depending on the woman’s age).

The major factor affecting the success rate of IVF is the woman’s age. Women under 35 have a 39.6% chance of having a baby, while women over 40 have an 11.5% chance. The CDC recently found that, as the IVF techniques become more advanced and doctors more experienced, the success rate has increased in all age groups.