Advances in fertility care allow our fertility doctors to offer hope to our patients
More than 40 years ago, doctors delivered Louise Joy Brown, the first baby conceived via IVF. Since that time, advances in fertility care have enabled the team at USC Fertility to assist our patients in creating and expanding their families. As technology has continued to change, modern fertility treatments have continued to expand, giving our Los Angeles fertility doctors more options for treating infertility.
Recognizing the key advances in fertility care
Looking back, our Los Angeles fertility doctors marvel at the changes in reproductive technology over the last 10 years. While science still doesn’t allow us to detect pregnancy at conception or analyze sperm counts via a fitness tracking device, a number of significant breakthroughs have occurred. Here are some of the noteworthy advances in fertility care and accomplishments in modern fertility treatments.
Egg freezing technology is considered mainstream. Before 2012, egg freezing wasn’t a viable choice. Thanks to vitrification, a flash-freezing process, single women and cancer patients now have a promising option to protect their ability to have children in the future.
Reliable embryo selection improves the odds of IVF success. Transferring the best embryo during IVF increases a patient’s chance for a healthy pregnancy. Genetic testing of embryos is now more common, accurate and affordable.
Links between lifestyle and fertility are becoming clearer. Diet, exercise, stress and other factors influence all the areas of our lives. Recent studies are offering anecdotal evidence that what we eat, how hard we work out and how much we sleep may also impact fertility.
Male fertility treatment options have expanded. For men with severe fertility issues, a new technique called micro-TESE makes it possible for doctors to identify areas of the testicle with some sperm production. They can then micro-surgically remove the sperm for use with assisted reproductive technologies like IVF.
Fertility-preserving surgeries for cancer patients have improved. Previously, cervical or endometrial cancer meant the end of a patient’s ability to conceive. Physicians can now use a trachelectomy, a procedure that removes only the cervix, leaving the uterus for a future pregnancy. Endometrial cancer therapy may now involve hormone therapy first, instead of immediate uterine removal.
USC Fertility stays at the forefront of reproductive technology
If you have tried to get pregnant to no avail, we can help. With extensive training and advances in fertility care, our Los Angeles fertility doctors utilize modern fertility treatments that will enable you to achieve success. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment.