The most common problem facing infertile women, specifically, is advancing age. It’s no secret that the pregnancy rate declines while the miscarriage rate increases as a woman gets older, and that genetic abnormalities (such as Down’s syndrome) become more likely.
Fertility and Advancing Maternal Age
In fact, embryo biopsies have shown that 80% of embryos in women 40 years of age are chromosomally abnormal – a number that increases with each year that passes. This means that your chances of achieving a pregnancy are higher the earlier you seek treatment.
Failed IVF and IUI
Another possible cause of infertility in couples who have undergone multiple IVF and IUI procedures without success is implantation problems. For couples who reach this point, we will attempt to identify and correct the problem by first determining whether the problem is indeed with the implantation or with the embryo. While poor-quality embryos and blastocysts are always the result of an egg and/or sperm problem, implantation problems can result from uterine abnormalities (such as submucous fibroids or a uterine septum) or immune deficiencies resulting in continuous rejection of the implanted embryo.