Infertility affects 60 to 80 million couples worldwide- and of those, 7.3 million in the United States. Many of them seek in-vitro fertilization (IVF) as a treatment, and this Thursday, February 20 at 7:00AM ET, Discovery Channel will explore recent advancements in the world of IVF in an episode of “Innovations with Ed Begley Jr.,” focusing on Univfy and its personalized IVF prediction tests. The show features interviews with leading fertility specialists Dr. Jamie Grifo, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director of New York University Fertility Center and Dr. Ernesto Bosch, M.D., Medical Director of IVF Valencia in Spain, as well as Univfy Co-founder and CEO Mylene Yao, M.D., former Stanford University faculty and NIH-funded fertility research scientist.
Although the number of infertile couples worldwide is staggering, many are not too familiar with infertility and its causes. “Infertility is the situation in which couples looking for a pregnancy are having intercourse without any protection for one year, where they have not, after one year, achieved this pregnancy,” explains Dr. Bosch during the show. Today, continual advancements in medical technology are able to help couples struggling with infertility achieve pregnancy through treatments such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a procedure that implants embryos that are fertilized outside of the body (in vitro), into a woman’s uterus. “IVF is the most efficient treatment we have,” says Dr. Grifo in the “Innovations” program.
Although IVF treatment may be the most efficient and effective, it is not always the most affordable. The average cost of treatment in the United States is approximately $10,000. Outside the U.S., the cost can be less, but still around $5,000 with medications. To help patients make the most out of their treatments and to gain valuable insight in the case of prior failed treatments, “what would be nice is if we can predict the patients who would be successful when they start,” says Dr. Grifo in the show. “That will give doctors a better direction for treatment.” Grifo explains that “currently, generally, doctors only use age as a predictor of success, however, that has its limitations. Doctors now want to look at all the factors to generate more refined results.”
This is where Univfy IVF Prediction Tests can help. Univfy recognizes each woman is unique, with her own set of health data and medical traits. “Univfy takes personalized health data from a woman and her partner, and then analyzes them against data from tens of thousands of couples who have gone through the same decision point,” explains Univfy Co-founder and CEO, Mylene Yao, M.D. Based on a prediction model that took into account over 13,000 first IVF cycles from three leading IVF centers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe—spanning diverse geographies, cultures, economies, and pay scales--Univfy IVF Prediction Tests are able to give doctors those refined results (which are shown to be 1,000 times more accurate than age alone) to support patients by providing unique insight and a personalized, highly accurate prediction of how likely they are to have a baby with IVF treatment.
For more information about the show, see the announcement.
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