No one necessarily dreams of building their family through in vitro fertilization (IVF) but there are several reasons why IVF might be the right option for you. You may be aware of a known medical issue such as endometriosis that has blocked your fallopian tubes, you may be in a same sex male couple relationship and plan on building your family through donor eggs and a surrogate, or you may have a known genetic disorder and have spoken to your doctor about IVF and Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic Diseases (PGT-M, formerly known as PGD) to help increase the chances of your baby being born disease free. Whatever has brought you to pursing IVF, you are no doubt wondering what your chances are for success. You may have heard about an IVF Calculator that can predict outcomes, but does it actually work?
What is an IVF Calculator?If you search online, you will find different tools, apps, predictors and websites that offer an IVF Calculator where you can fill out details such as:
- Your age
- Your weight
- How long you’ve been trying to conceive
- If you’re using your own eggs
- If you or your partner has a known diagnosis
- What medication and/or protocol your doctor is recommending (hormone injectables, ICSI, etc.)
- If you’ve ever been pregnant before (how many times and if it was through treatment or not)The IVF Calculator takes all of the information you’ve entered and, depending on which IVF Calculator you’re using, it will either calculate your probability of having a live birth after a certain number of cycles or will give you your chance of having a successful IVF cycle in general.