Predicting IVF Success:
Univfy’s Fertility Chronicles is pleased to present an occasional blog series explaining the many fertility factors, such as age, ovarian reserve, body mass index, and others, that determine your personal probability of having a baby with IVF. Univfy IVF Prediction Tests analyze the sum total of all these factors unique to you to determine your personal probability of IVF success. We hope that explaining these factors will give you a better understanding of Univfy IVF Prediction Tests’ ability to help you and your fertility doctor make more informed and confident decisions about your fertility treatment. Welcome to the blog series, “Predicting IVF Success.”
---Mylene Yao, M.D., CEO and Co-founder, Univfy Inc.
Why do some women get pregnant easily and others struggle, even when using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to overcome infertility? From analysis of data gleaned from thousands of IVF cycles, it is clear that a handful of patient-specific fertility factors are very powerful for predicting your chance of success with IVF. These fertility factors can be analyzed statistically to create a customized probability of IVF success specific to each patient.
Your age obviously plays a major role driving infertility. We know that as women age, they are less able to become pregnant and have a healthy baby. But what you should also know is that we have found from our analysis of thousands of IVF cycles that age alone is not the best predictor of your personal probability of IVF success.
Why is age by itself not a good predictor? Chronological age may not reflect the age of the ovaries. Your ovaries are aging at their own individual pace, either slower or faster than those of the woman next to you. Although population studies of thousands of women have clearly shown that egg supply declines with age, it is currently difficult to know: 1) If there is a magic age when sharp decline kicks in at the level of the individual, and/or 2) The exact pace or rate of decline for each woman.
You may be surprised to learn that your age may only contribute 40% to 60% to the overall picture of how likely you’ll have a baby with IVF. But unfortunately, age alone is too often used as the sole basis for information on the Internet about IVF success rates or as the primary factor for recommending infertility treatments.
Univfy IVF Prediction Tests recognize that many factors affect a woman’s fertility, and age is only one of them. Our tests measure multiple factors specific to you, including age, ovarian reserve, body mass index, reproductive history, among others, to determine your probability of having a baby with IVF. This approach reflects more closely the many related factors determining your fertility. Through this more scientific methodology, Univfy IVF Prediction Tests can predict your personal chances of IVF success much more accurately than age alone, giving you and your partner more confidence to make the right decision for you about IVF treatment.