Fertility statistics are a little difficult to track as many women or couples may choose to try only the old-fashioned way, and proceed no further.
The most recent statistics indicate that 6.7 million women in the United States between the ages of 15-44 years old have fertility challenges, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC also reports that 7.4 million women ages 15-44 years old have used a fertility service.
Fertility services include everything from meeting with a specialist (gynecologist, endocrinologist or urologist) for an initial screening, to full-blown assisted reproductive technology. The goal for all of this is the same — a healthy baby!
Fertility treatments have come a long way. Here are three innovations in the field that may help you expand your family.
1) The Eeva test
Statistics show that if 100 couples go through 1 cycle of IVF, 90 percent will have an oocyte (immature ovum) development but then from there only 36 percent of embryos will actually implant and from those that implanted, only 37 percent will result in a live birth.
Embryologists have been choosing which eggs to implant based on subjective evaluations of how the embryo appears at the time for implantation. This method may not lead to successful implantation and growth of the egg.
The Eeva test is a non-invasive FDA-approved time-lapsed imaging of the embryos during incubation. By recording and analyzing the development of the embryos, it is able to determine which embryos are categorized as having high or low potential.
Because this test uses a time-lapse video instead of a fixed time, embryologists stand an even better chance of choosing the embryos with the highest potential for bringing home a healthy baby.
While not new, this innovative technology has been steadily increasing in use as both men and women are choosing to freeze their eggs, sperm, embryos, and/or ovarian tissue for a variety of reasons in order to have a family later in life.