Factors Affecting IVF Success Rates

A relatively recently released Stanford study predicted that four "new" factors can help assess the likelihood of IVF success; up to 70%. These factors are:1. total number of embryos, 2. number of eight-cell embryos, 3. percentage of embryos that stopped dividing and would die, and 4. the woman’s follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) level

The truth is that these factors are not new at all; in fact they are rather outdated. Reproductive clinics have known of these four factors since drug companies started playing the game of assisted reproductive technology. This "new information" is relatively meaningless - it's like predicting the outcome of the game in the fourth quarter.

Because women who come to The Fertile Soul often have high FSH, low numbers of embryos retrieved, high percentage of cell division failure, and few that make it to the eight cell stage, most would not even be chosen to be on the team. If you’ve been through this drill long enough, you already know the outcome. The reproductive coach urges you to move over for a younger, more fit player to take over for your tired, old eggs so you can wrap up the season.

I don’t know why I’m using this ballgame analogy; I don’t care much for professional ballgames. But I always liked movies like The Bad News Bears, The Mighty Ducks, Hoosiers, and A League of Their Own. It’s not just that I root for the underdog; I’m a sucker for human potential. I don’t care about the statistical success rates of reproductive doctors. They know how to place their bets. I care about the 30% who have been told they are not allowed to play this game.

So, let’s go back to human potential. The quality of the egg, which resides in the follicle that responds to FSH begins to practice for the game months before it is released onto the playing field. During this 90 to 120 day cycle of folliculogenesis, the egg enters into its tonic growth phase where protein synthesis occurs. If the reproductive system is subjected to stressors like poor nutrition, imbalanced physiology, negative internal messages, and lack of circulation during this “practice” season, there is a very low likelihood of showing up for the game with low FSH, and high quality embryos. However, if the team includes a coach who can help the players reduce stressors, improve internal messages to the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, increase reproductive organ circulation, hormonal balance, oxygenation and nutritional status, there is a far greater likelihood of success.

The Fertile Soul Method utilizes the age old, proven techniques of Eastern and complementary medicine, along with modern natural therapeutic modalities to bring your body and mind back in the game. In fact, you don’t even need to enter into the high tech playing field if you don't want to. You can just get out the ole’ bat and ball in your own back yard and hit a home run the old fashion way.