Women are born with millions of eggs (5-7 million), however, the number of eggs decreases progressively from birth (1-2 million) to puberty (500,000) and then menopause (1,000). The eggs age at different rates among women regardless of their health status. In general, the quality of a woman’s eggs decreases progressively from puberty. More rapid decreases in quality begin at age of 35 with increased difficulty conceiving naturally in their late 30s and 40s. Unfortunately for some women the quality of their eggs decline as early as their 20s.
Many of CCRM’s patients are helped through basic infertility treatments. If you and your partner are having difficulty conceiving, then you may want to consider learning more about infertility treatment such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), which is often referred to as “artificial insemination.” In addition to IUI, there are other methods that have allowed couples to enjoy the joy of pregnancy and childbirth after months, even years, of failed attempts to get pregnant.
Infertility is medically defined as the inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse using no methods of birth control whatsoever. Unfortunately, infertility affects over six million people in the United States alone. In vitro fertilization is a method of assisted reproduction in which a man’s sperm and a woman’s egg are combined in a laboratory dish to allow for fertilization outside of the body.
Some couples with infertility caused by disorders of sperm number or function may be successfully treated through intrauterine insemination (IUI). This is often performed during cycles in which the woman is taking fertility drugs to stimulate multiple egg development. Surgical repair of anatomic abnormalities may increase the chance of pregnancy in certain patients. However, IVF is the best treatment of infertile couples when there is severe impairment of sperm count, motility, or shape, or when sperm antibodies are present.
CCRM is pleased to offer preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a form of genetic testing that allows couples at risk for single gene disorders to have embryos tested before a pregnancy is established. PGD is preformed in conjunction with IVF. Thousands of unaffected children have been born worldwide from PGD for over 100 different single gene disorders.
CCRM is pleased to offer comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS). CCS is preformed in conjunction with IVF and is particularly important to women 35 years of age or older whose eggs are at increased risk for chromosome errors. An estimated 70% of early miscarriage is associated with a chromosomal abnormality in the fetus.
CCRM’s elective fertility preservation program assists women who wish to freeze eggs or embryos in order to have children later in life. CCRM has already had many patients with successful pregnancies resulting from eggs they froze years earlier.
Hearing you have cancer changes everything. It is critical to be informed of your reproductive risks, educated about your choices, and empowered to make decisions. Remember: treatments, answers and hope exist and begin with quality, timely information. Thinking about fertility now can help you make choices when you are ready. CCRM utilizes oncofertility technology to help women with fertility and cancer-related challenges. Oncofertility explores fertility options in light of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival.
CCRM is proud to help gay men and lesbian women create the family of their dreams. Same-sex couples face different fertility options and issues than heterosexual couples who can attempt conception without any medical help. Typically, Lesbian couples require an outside source of sperm while gay men require both eggs and a carrier for the pregnancy.
Miscarriage is one of the most devastating and emotionally taxing experiences that a couple can face. Sadly, it is a relatively common occurrence affecting roughly one in five pregnancies. A small percentage of women (1-2%) will have three or more consecutive, spontaneous miscarriages. The cause of recurrent miscarriage is complex in nature and can vary from autoimmune disorders to uterine abnormalities. Frustrating to both patients and physicians, nearly half of couples with recurrent miscarriages have no identifiable cause.
CCRM’s team of fertility specialists is one of the most respected groups in the nation. We are recognized for our success rates and scientific achievements in the field of reproductive endocrinology.
We have helped thousands of couples achieve their dream of parenthood. Nearly half of our patients travel to Colorado from other states and countries for treatment. Many of our patients have undergone unsuccessful IVF cycles elsewhere.
Donors may be a family member or friend of the woman desiring a pregnancy or an anonymous volunteer screened by our staff. The egg donor must use fertility drugs to stimulate the development of multiple mature eggs, whereas the recipient woman takes estrogen and progesterone to prepare the uterus for embryos derived through egg donation. Ninety percent of our egg donor cycles include the use of an anonymous young, female donor. Our donor egg IVF pregnancy rate has consistently ranged between 75 – 88% per treatment cycle over the past few years. The sperm of the husband, partner, or sperm donor is used to fertilize the eggs.