Knowing If You Are A Candidate For Fertility Treatments

Find out if you’re a good candidate for fertility treatments before making the investment. Infertility testing is available for men and women.

What Makes a Good Candidate for Fertility Treatments?
In order for a woman to be fertile, she must release healthy eggs on a regular basis, be able to pass them through the reproductive tract and through the fallopian tubes, where they can be fertilized by sperm. Healthy women under the age of 40 are generally good candidates for oral, injection and hormone treatments, which are the first attempt at correcting infertility.

Women who have damaged reproductive organs may not benefit from hormone treatments and injections to boost fertility, but may still be good candidates for in vitro fertilization (IVF). Women who can’t conceive due to early menopause are good candidates for IVF. Older women who’ve reached menopause may benefit from IVF, but doctors must first determine that their bodies are healthy enough to carry a child.

Men with damaged reproductive function are generally good candidates for IVF, as long as the sperm count and motility are in order, or are restored using hormone treatments.

Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Fertility Treatments?
Women who have undergone a hysterectomy procedure, which involves the removal of the uterus, cannot carry a child and are therefore not candidates for fertility treatments, including IVF. If a woman has had her eggs harvested and frozen before the hysterectomy, she may opt for a surrogate pregnancy, in which another woman carries a child conceived from her eggs and her partner’s (or a donor’s) sperm.

Men who suffer from medical conditions such as Kilenfelton syndrome and Sertoli Cell syndrome, or who have had radiation therapy or chemotherapy, are not candidates for fertility treatments. Men who have been diagnosed with idiopathic infertility (infertility for which no cause can be determined) may not make good candidates.

In Vitro Maturation: An Alternative for Non-Candidates?
Until recently, women who had been exposed to intensive radiation, such as radiation or chemotherapy used to treat some cancers, were not acceptable candidates for fertility treatments. A relatively new procedure for treating infertility, called In Vitro Maturation (IVM), is now a possibility for these people.

IVM is similar to IVF, except that the eggs are extracted from the uterus before they’re matured. In many cases, the infertility is caused because the eggs cannot develop and mature in a hostile environment, such a uterus that has been exposed to radiation.

Find out if you and your partner qualify for IVF, IVM or other treatments by scheduling infertility tests. Once your doctor has assessed the cause, he can tell you your best options.