The birth of the world’s first IVF baby Louise Joy Brown in 1978 marked the beginning of a revolution that has since brought joy to millions of childless couples across the globe.
A technique in which oocytes or eggs retrieved from a woman’s ovaries are combined with healthy sperm from the male partner in a lab dish, today IVF is credited with the birth of more than 5 million babies worldwide. Vitro means glass and since fertilization takes place in a culture dish made of glass, the process is known as in vitro fertilization.
Spearheaded by award-winning IVF Specialist Dr. Manika Khanna, Gaudium IVF Clinic India is proud to have assisted more than 6000 childless couples in having a child of their own. At Gaudium IVF Centre we believe that educating our patients with authentic and reliable information not only empowers them to make informed decisions but also boosts their trust in our services and in the medical fraternity as a whole.
In this blog post, we have listed seven prevalent myths surrounding IVF and contrasting facts that dispel these myths.
Myth: IVF leads to multiple pregnancies
Successful fertilization of sperm and egg leads to the development of an embryo which is placed in the woman’s uterus through a process known as embryo transfer. More than one pregnancy can occur in case multiple embryos are transferred during a single IVF cycle.
Due to the several risks associated with multiple pregnancies, Gaudium fertility specialists advise patients to go for SET (single embryo transfer) in each IVF cycle.
While the reputed fertility clinics across the world are united in dissuading IVF patients from opting for multiple embryo transfers, certain complicated cases may necessitate the need to transfer more than one embryo at a time, which could result in more than one pregnancy.
Ideally, your IVF doctor should explain to you the possible complications associated with multiple IVF pregnancies to help you make an informed decision.
Myth: IVF is for women only
As shared earlier, IVF is a technique wherein the woman’s egg and the man’s sperm are made to fertilize in a laboratory. Today IVF is being increasingly used in combination with several male infertility treatment modalities such as ICSI, TESA, and PESA. For example, a combination of ICSI-IVF may be used in cases of severe male infertility. The technique involves the selection of a single healthy sperm and injecting it directly into the female egg to fertilize it in vitro. You can learn more about such treatments here.
While technically IVF is a fertility treatment for women, it often complements infertility treatment of the male partner.
Myth: IVF success is a matter of sheer chance
If this were true, IVF would not be the preferred infertility treatment around the world. With recent advances in medical science, IVF procedures have become even more sophisticated to minimize the risk of failure. Your progress through various stages of IVF is closely monitored by your fertility specialist through ultrasounds and blood tests.
As a responsible patient, you can impact your IVF outcome by taking better care of yourself and your partner. Give up smoking and alcohol, aim for healthy body weight, eat nutritious foods and learn techniques to minimize stress.
Backed by state-of-the-art facilities and internationally trained doctors, Gaudium IVF Clinic enjoys an unmatched success rate of 58-65% in IVF treatment.
Myth: IVF causes early menopause
Hormonal changes brought about by fertility medication cause some IVF patients to experience symptoms that are usually associated with menopause. It does not mean that you are heading towards menopause!
A good IVF doctor would take the time to explain to you the possible side effects of the medicines prescribed to you.
Myth: A failed IVF cycle means that the next one will fail as well
An IVF cycle can fail for many reasons; however, it does not mean that the next attempt would be unsuccessful as well.
The success of your IVF treatment depends on several biological and hormonal factors. What’s important is the ability of your fertility doctor to determine the cause of a previous failure and devise a specialized protocol to minimize the risk of failure in the subsequent IVF cycle.
With an unmatched 75% success rate in previously failed IVF cases, Gaudium IVF takes pride in having successfully treated hundreds of childless couples who sought assistance from us after failing IVF treatment at other centers.
Myth: IVF outcomes are not impacted by lifestyle
The common perception is that IVF is the unfailing remedy for infertility and a highly advanced technique that can surpass any damage inflicted upon your body by poor lifestyle choices. This misconception is a contributor to patients’ having unrealistic expectations from IVF treatment
Time and again studies have linked lifestyle factors such as excess weight, smoking, consumption of alcohol, and chronic stress to fertility problems in both men and women.
Individuals facing fertility issues must adopt a healthy lifestyle to improve their chances of IVF success.
Myth: IVF is the last desperate solution, we should wait
Due to a lack of information, childless couples often tend to try indigenous solutions in the hope to get pregnant without medical help. However, time is one of the most crucial factors in the success of your infertility treatment.
While a younger couple may try conceiving at least for a year before seeking treatment, older couples (30 years and above) should not delay seeing a fertility specialist after more than six months of trying. Several factors govern the success of an IVF cycle such as the cause of infertility, age of parents-to-be, medical history, biological factors, previously failed IVF cycles and previous pregnancies.
Delaying treatment can severely affect your chances of IVF success.
If you have more concerns or questions about IVF, feel free to consult Gaudium IVF Specialists for a free second opinion.
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