Univfy IVF Prediction Tests are called out by The Atlantic in its June 2014 issue. In Making Babies, senior editor Alexis Madrigal looks forward into the future of reproductive technology and names Univfy’s products as one of its five predictions of the future.
Since the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby, Louise Brown, who was born almost 36 years ago, the average success rate of a single IVF treatment has increased from single digits to around 30%. However, figuring out whether patients have a good chance to have a baby from IVF still perplexes patients and their doctors.
Who needs IVF treatment? Medically-speaking, when a woman has been “trying to get pregnant” for 12 months and is unsuccessful, she is classified clinically as having infertility, whereas the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy is called impaired fecundity. Contrary to popular belief, impaired fecundity is not exclusive to a specific age range. The common myth is that fertility issues only plague women over the age of 40. In reality, 12% to 13% of women from age 25 to 44 have impaired fecundity, according to a CDC report. Many of these women consider assisted reproductive technologies, the most effective of which is IVF treatment.
IVF is both an emotional and physically demanding journey with a hefty price tag. Financially, the base cost can sink the savings of any individual or couple trying to conceive. IVF costs on average between $10,000 to $20,000 per cycle. Many couples need more than one IVF treatment to have a baby, and some couples go through many IVF treatments with no success. You can save several thousand dollars or more if you purchase a multi-cycle package upfront, however, if you have a baby from the first IVF cycle you may feel like you overpaid. In addition to the emotional stress of figuring out if you want to pursue IVF, you now must guess at whether you risk overspending or missing out on a discount to have the best chance of IVF success.
What many women do not know when embarking on an IVF journey is that there are ways to get a scientifically validated prediction for IVF success based on her own health profile, and to learn how many IVF cycles she is likely to need. As important, she can update this information when she gets new data about her health.
A woman’s IVF success rate is most commonly estimated based on her age. However, doctors know that a number of factors impact IVF success -- not just age. Madrigal’s article in The Atlantic highlights Univfy IVF Prediction Tests as a leading innovation, because they go beyond age by integrating other personal and critical health factors in predicting IVF success. In turn, having a personalized prediction of your fertility can also help you make better financial decisions.
Each woman’s ovaries age at a different rate, because of the interplay of many personal health factors. Women are entitled to a better read on their chances of conceiving through IVF than the rough age-based estimates that most fertility clinics provide. After all, “there is no such thing as an average 38-year-old woman,” Univfy co-founder and CEO Mylene Yao, M.D., explains in Making Babies. Univfy believes every woman is unique-- especially when it comes to their IVF prospects.
Univfy IVF Prediction Tests, based on research at Stanford University and with leading fertility clinics, analyze the reproductive profile of a woman and her partner, comparing them against thousands of other IVF patients, to provide a highly accurate personalized IVF success rate.
Understanding the mechanics of procreation by knowing how fast your personal biological clock is ticking with personalized IVF prediction tests, and using that information to make better informed financial decisions on your treatment, are good steps that you can take today in understanding your reproductive options.
To read Alexis Madrigal’s original article, please click here.