Get the Facts: The Success Rates of IVF Treatment

In Vitro Fertilization, the medical treatment wherein the process of conception takes place outside a woman’s body, was once considered a science-fiction concept.  Today, it is becoming increasingly common and accepted in today’s society.  In 2009, 2% of newborns in the United Kingdom were conceived through this system.  This course offers new hope to couples who struggle with infertility, but there’s potentially a large cost attached to the procedure, as well as a long proceeding of blood work, tests, injections, ultrasounds, fasting, and other sacrifices. However, couples who have successfully completed IVF Treatment often swear by the system, as it can help these patients regain lost dreams.

Success rates of IVF Treatment

Many prospective parents wonder if the risks of IVF are worth the reward of a child. Due to the nature of the treatment, there can be a long process of deeply unpleasant or painful tests and commitments.  The answer to this question can be complex, as not all rounds of treatment will result in success.  Some of the factors that can change the rate of success include the age of the mother, the number of treatments taken, the mother’s ovulation cycle, and the hormone levels of the parents.  IVF treatments are taken in cycles, where a woman will participate in a round of treatment, then wait for the results, and if unsuccessful repeat the process from step one.  This can be a daunting idea to face due to the extreme nature of the treatment. However, potential parents face some good odds to conceive using IVF treatment.

The chances of success (from conception to delivery) for IVF Treatment on a single cycle are:

  • 30-35% for women under age 35
  • 25% for women between the ages of 35 and 37 (average: one in three)
  • 5-20% for women between the ages of 38 and 40 (average: one in five)
  • 6-10% for women above age 40  (average: one in ten)

These numbers are based off using both the egg and the sperm of the prospective parents. Many couples prefer to use this method due to personal beliefs or preferences. However, if the prospective parents wish to raise the chances of success by a large margin, they can purchase the services of an egg donor. The egg donor is carefully selected to have strong genetics, no chances of disabling hereditary diseases, and a dedication to helping women going through the process of conceiving a child.

Women also have the choice of using ‘fresh’ embryos (embryos produced from a current menstrual cycle) or ‘frozen’ embryos (embryos preserved from a previous cycle.) This choice is a complicated one, that can depend on convenience, personal believes, cost, and other factors. However, when using both fresh embryos When using donor eggs, the rates of success rise skyrocket, regardless of age.

With the egg donor added to the equation, the odds are always raised, but this is true more so for women over the age of 40, leading to the highest rates of success.

  • When using donor eggs and fresh embryos, the rate of successful deliveries is 55.1%
  • When using donor eggs and frozen embryos the rate of successful deliveries is 31.9%

If a woman has previously had a pregnancy or a child, the rates of success continue to rise.  Different clinics also report different rates of success, due to the clientele they accept.

This process allows parents who grapple with infertility a new way to achieve their dreams of becoming a parent.  While the process can be stressful and painful from start to finish, the chances of success can be a soothing balm.  As the tides of social acceptance change, this option has been opened up to many parents who had run out of options.  Countless parents have given birth to happy, healthy children they could not have otherwise conceived thanks to medical technology.  Be sure to ask your doctor about this possibility if you find yourself in a situation where natural conception is not an option.



What Makes a Tacky Mat so Effective?

We’ve all had the unfortunate scenario of having to trod through dirty, dusty places outside. The sidewalk is covered in mud, or the only way to the store is through an expanse of grass and dirty, or maybe it’s just been raining too hard; either way, the end result are grimy shoes. While filthy shoes are an annoyance, it becomes even worse when you head inside while still wearing them. Before you know it, your pristine home has turned into a house for dirt scattered under every surface and worked into any fabric it can reach. When dealing with renovations, extra company, or squalls of bad weather, the problem only becomes worse. Luckily, there’s a solution to this unpleasant scenario: a tacky mat.

Tacky Mat

What is a Tacky Mat?

You’ve probably seen them before – the coloured sheets by a door that you walk over without giving a second thought. They’re ever-present in certain places like schools, businesses, or renovation sites. Dozens pair of feet pass over them every day. Despite being unobtrusive, these mats (also known as sticky mats or clean room mats) perform an important job. All of the dirt, dust, mud and debris on your shoe are picked up by the mat, allowing you to continue to walk without spending a great deal of time arduously (and ineffectively) wiping your shoes off before entering the room. Anyone who’s ever spent minutes at a time trying to clear their shoes off knows the pain of having to quickly remove collected mess from their shoes without having a mat on hand.

Tacky mats are more than effective – they’re important. Think of large-scale, high population areas that require a certain standard of cleanliness like a hospital, construction site, or even just your aunt’s place when she has everyone over for the holidays. Now, imagine those places without some way to stop the constant flow of people from bringing in dirt, dust and mess. The impact would be immediate and deeply unpleasant: sick patients, endangered construction workers, and a filthy turkey.

Throughout the year, the challenges that the mats tackle change, but they never vary in importance. In the winter, schoolchildren and busy adults tread in boots heavy with slush. Without mats, this slush quickly becomes a health hazard in the halls. In the spring, the moist weather leads to mud and dirt being unavoidable. During the summer, everyone finds themselves roaming in parks or running in their yard to enjoy the sunny weather.  Then, when fall comes around, it comes time to rake the leaves and prepare for the winter.  In any season, muck and grime gathers on shoes at an alarming rate.

Thankfully, these mats are consistently able to stop these problems from happening. Each mat comes with a speciality adhesive specifically designed to handle this important (but dirty) job. The adhesive covers the entire mat, meaning that it’s impossible for a person entering a room to miss it. The mat also covers enough surface to ensure that even double doors or people walking abreast will walk over it and clear their shoes off.  The adhesive, due to its specific design, is unnoticeable when passing over it. Whereas  a normal adhesive would trap the soles of shoes, the hem of pants, or trip passersby up, the mat avoids that pitfall through its design.

Eventually, the top layer of the mat will reach maximum dirt capacity. Whereas with other products this would cause some kind of kerfuffle as the mat would need to be washed, replaced, or maintained, this isn’t the case with sticky mats. There’s a much more elegant solution; all that needs to be done is peel off this layer and a fresh one waits underneath, ready to capture more dust.

The tacky mat serves an important job, the unsung heroes of the hygiene world. Luckily, they’re more than equipped to rise to this purpose. They’re straight-forward, fail-proof, and require only the barest of maintenance. When struggling to solve your problems with dirt tracking, streaks of mud, filthy footprints or messy hardwood, look no further than to one of these handy mats.


Remove Stubborn Stains and Coatings with Heavy Duty Floor Equipment

When it comes time to clean stains or strip a coating from a floor there are a variety of methods to choose from. You can get physical with some hand tools, elbow grease, and buckets of sweat, or you could hire someone to do it – or better yet you can employ the use of heavy duty floor equipment to clean and strip those floors. One of the major benefits of stripping a floor down is that you can either reinstall the same flooring or coating as before or you have the option of improving upon what was there with a completely new look. This is especially beneficial in commercial or industrial spaces that are changing hands or being updated with a new look.

heavy duty floor machines

Removing Heavy Coatings

The rough abuse that floors receive as a standard necessitates that heavy-duty coatings are used to protect them. One such coating is epoxy, there are a variety of application methods for floor epoxies but when it comes time to remove the epoxy you need heavy duty floor equipment that can completely remove any trace and get the floor back down to its original state ready to be re-coated or new flooring installed. Depending on the exact nature of the coating your needs may vary but the absolute best way to approach this task is through the use of a professional floor scraper. This is even more so the case in situations where there is a large area to cover – conventional means of scraping the surface by hand can effectively take forever, if it is even possible to begin with. Some coatings are so tough and durable that removing them ends up looking like a demolition job, not a floor resurfacing project.

Eliminate Stubborn Stains

Sometimes removing the entire floors coating is not the desired goal, but simply resurfacing a single area in order to eliminate an unsightly or stubborn stain. When this is the case there is a variety of heavy duty floor equipment that can help to solve the problem depending on the flooring material or coating. One implementation of such a solution would be to use a floor scraper to remove the top surface of a small area, effectively eliminating the stain, and then re-applying the floor surface coating on this specific area. Depending on the size of the stain and durability of the coating this may or may not be an ideal solution and situations are very specific to these circumstances. Additionally, not all coatings lend themselves to being spot patched.

When it comes to eliminating stubborn stains and thick coatings there is a number of heavy duty floor machines that are suited for this task. The details of the project that you are undertaking will be a significant factor in determining exactly which machine will be of most use on your project. If you’d like to learn more about the specific details about which floor machines will yield the best results for you personally a web search will prove quite useful.


Essential Floor Equipment for Your Next Flooring Project

When engaging in any flooring project there are a number of tasks that one will need to pay attention to. In most typical renovation settings removal of the flooring surface will be one such task and it can be one of the most strenuous and difficult tasks of the entire project. Ripping up the old floor can be a very difficult process to do manually requiring extensive amounts of sweaty physical labour. Needless to say, the task of removing old flooring surfaces can be made far easier with the aid of specialized floor equipment made specifically for this task. Floor scrapers are one common piece of equipment that will help to remove flooring from large areas at a very fast rate and (for the most part) with very little physical demands placed on their operator.

floor equipment for floor scraping

Styles of Floor Scrapers

There is a variety of floor equipment, such as floor scraping machines, which available on the market in order to respond to the diverse needs of contractors and anyone who is embarking on this type of work. There are some units which an operator can ride on; these would be useful for large scale floor removal projects or contractors that regularly are operating in the floor removal business. Other units are simpler in comparison providing a stand behind experience similar to a lawn mower. The task of both of these styles of units is to provide the operator with a quick and efficient method to remove flooring, the style of floor machine that a person decides to invest in (and believe me with price tags comparable to some mid-range luxury vehicles this is an investment) will largely depend upon their intended long-term use of the machine.

What Floors Can Floor Scrapers Remove?

For the most part, a good quality floor scraper can handle just about any type of flooring as long as it has the proper blade attachments. When you purchase high-quality professional floor equipment like a floor scraper, there are a number of blades to choose from depending on your needs. You can expect to find a wide range of blades, including but not limited to:

  • Standard blades, used to remove basic tile, linoleum, or carpet
  • Heavy duty blades, mostly used in the removal of VAT, rubber epoxy, VCT, elastomeric coatings, glued ceramic, and for scraping thin-set
  • Self-scoring blades, ideal for removing PVC, carpet tiles, soft cork, and more
  • Straight shank blades, these blades are commonly used to remove wood, ceramic, and thicker epoxies

There exist many variations of these blades; they can be found made out of various materials (carbide can provide for a long lasting sharp edge) and with task specific modifications; for instance, when removing tough wooden flooring it can be useful to have a long taper blade to really get it underneath the boards.

Better In-Office Communication with Microsoft SharePoint Training

In any organization, regardless of size, inter-office communication is vital to efficient, effective daily business operations. The importance of communication may be lost on some individuals in our modern society that has become incredibly comfortable and used to the constructs of our modern world – smartphones, the internet, and TVs in every nook and cranny. Let’s face it; there is an assumed entitlement to communication, as if it is a right and not a privilege that we live this way. But, in an office environment things take a unique turn – it is not so much the communication that is stifled in any way but the access to relevant content can become very difficult. This is where SharePoint provides is an incredibly diverse and flexible solution. Organizations realize this and many of the most elite are sending their associates through SharePoint training to gain an in-depth understanding of how to best implement and deploy this fantastic tool for the benefit of their employees.

SharePoint Training for Collaboration

What is SharePoint All About?

The purpose of SharePoint is to enable organizations to streamline their communication channels by providing a wide assortment of tools. Organizations can setup Facebook-like social communities to share information relevant to their daily operations, but that is only a single implementation. SharePoint can be used to create extranets, intranets, provide enterprise search applications and enterprise level document and file management solutions, and allow for collaboration on a wide array of levels. Imagine having a special web application designed for a single team with a wiki and it’s very own social community – this is exactly the power of SharePoint. The major task of SharePoint has been to empower organizations through empowering the employees and people who work daily in operations providing business solutions that require access to timely information.

What Does SharePoint Training Teach?

There is a lot to learn in the realm of SharePoint. Professional enterprise level IT administration personnel will want to gain a fluid understanding of prototyping, deploying, and managing the SharePoint application in a variety of uses. Whereas managers and team leaders may want to simply understand how to interact with specific aspects of SharePoint in order to manage their specific team portals and content. Regardless of the intent there are a number of SharePoint training courses available for those who are interested in obtaining advanced knowledge in this area. Some examples include:

  • How to build portals and manage content using SharePoint 2007
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for site collection administrators and power users
  • How to design robust SharePoint 2010 infrastructure
  • SharePoint 2010 for site members

And the list goes on. There are a variety of places to obtain training; you can watch videos directly on TechNet or you can attend a practical hands-on training course. For those who would like to obtain the best value for their time it is highly recommended to attend an instructor led course as the knowledge that an instructor can lend is typically unparalleled.