Having a successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment isn’t always a walk in the park; but if you ask patients that have gone through the process they says it is always worth it when they’re able to hold their new baby.
Just ask Dena, a recent patient of Mark P. Trolice, M.D., a board certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist and founder of Fertility CARE: The IVF Center.
Dena knew in her heart she wanted to expand her family with the help of Dr. Trolice; but after two unsuccessful IVF treatments, doubts and concern were beginning to creep in, but Dr. Trolice’s knowledgeable and positive demeanor urged her forward.
“I’m so thankful for Dr. Trolice and the staff here. They are, and forever will be, a part of my family,” she says. “If it was not for him and the people here I wouldn’t have the family of 5 that I have; so I truly, without a shadow of a doubt, will always be indebted to him in terms of what he has done for me and family.”
What is IVF?
IVF is the process by which a woman’s eggs are surgically extracted from the ovary and fertilized in a laboratory using a specialized Petri culture dish; the term ‘in vitro’ is Latin for ‘in glass’. The fertilized embryos are then inserted back into the woman’s uterus through the cervix, thereby circumventing the fallopian tubes.
Infertile couples where women have obstructed or damaged fallopian tubes, or men possess deficient sperm counts, IVF can be the solution to help them conceive.
“I went through the IVF process with Dr. Trolice three times,” Dena says. “The third time was a charm, and now I’m the mom of adorable twin baby girls. Dr. Trolice and his staff made it as smooth as possible – they were always very willing to help and always there for any information that I needed.”
With an intricately complex and intimate process like IVF, it’s crucial for a fertility specialist and their staff to make the patient feel comfortable and at ease.
“The biggest benefit for me coming to Fertility CARE was I was more than just a number,” recalls Dena. “I was truly a part of the family: when I walked through the door, whether it was for random blood work or for a meeting with Dr. Trolice, everyone greeted me with a smile, they knew my name, and they actually took the time to get to know me as a person. I felt like I mattered.”
Dr. Trolice’s recognized reputation for being one of the most honest and compassionate physicians in the Orlando, Florida area was also confirmed by Dena.
“Dr. Trolice always made me feel incredibly comfortable anytime I was with him,” she says. “He was always honest which I very much appreciated. He didn’t give me false hope.”
IVF Success Rates
The success of IVF will generally depend on each patient’s unique health and treatment characteristics including:
- Past medical history and current health
- The type of infertility diagnosis
- How many embryos have been transferred
- The employment of other techniques, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- The patient’s past history of births, miscarriages, and ART cycles
- The expertise of their infertility specialist and their team
Luckily for Dena, Dr. Trolice and the team at My Fertility CARE: The IVF Center has success rates that consistently beat the national average. They have also earned an average 5-star rating across 70+ online physician review sites.
Age remains the greatest factor in success, however. IVF success rates are significantly higher for women under the age of 35 compared with those who are older. The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology reports that for IVF treatments using fresh embryos from non-donor eggs, 40% of women under the age of 35 who used IVF gave birth, compared to 31% for women between 35 and 37 years old. A mere 3.9% of 42-year-old women were able to conceive through IVF treatment.
With a successful IVF procedure, and the birth of her twins, Dena is eternally grateful for her new family.
“In my gut I knew that I wanted to grow the rest of my family, and I knew doing it with Dr. Trolice and the staff here at Fertility CARE was the way to go,” says Dena.