Infertility is a major concern for a lot of couples in Canada. The good news is that there are many medical advancements available today to assist in the reproductive process. IVF or In Vitro Fertilization is one of the most popular and well-known methods.
Even though IVF is a very common method of assisting couples as they plan their families, there are many myths about exactly what IVF is.
Here are 9 of the most common myths about IVF.
1. IVF can help everyone to conceive
IVF has been proven to help many couples to conceive, however, it is not the only method. Ovulation induction (OI) with medications, Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), are just some of the other options available to couples out there. To understand which method is right for you it is best to consult with a gynecologist. They will know exactly what the right procedure is to get you pregnant.
2. IVF is only for rich people
It is true that IVF is not cheap, however, many people from diverse economic backgrounds are able to afford it, and enjoy the rewards of conceiving and having their very own family.
3. Only young couples are suitable for IVF
When it comes to getting pregnant, age will always be a factor as it is directly related to fertility. IVF can be just as effective with women who are post-menopausal as it is with younger women. Women who are in the post-menopausal group use donor eggs from younger women. To know exactly what you should be considering you should get in touch with your gynecologist today.
4. IVF works every time
The success rate of IVF treatments is dependant on a number of factors including age, hormonal conditions, the cause of infertility and many other biological conditions. Couples below the age of 35 typically enjoy a success rate of 40%. Every patient is different, so to understand exactly what your chances are, you should speak with a professional.
5. IVF babies are born with birth defects and malformations
The risk of an anomalous fetus in spontaneous or IVF babies is the same as in general population. There is no cause to have any additional concern about giving birth to a baby that is conceived from IVF having any malformations of any kind.
6. IVF is not safe
IVF is a very safe procedure providing that you are in good health. There is about a 2% chance of experiencing discomfort through ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. The chances of this are negligible and many couples experience no difficulties from IVF.
7. Multiple pregnancies can be a result of IVF
There have been several cases of multiple pregnancies with couples that have IVF. However, the chances of this can be mitigated by reducing the number of embryos transferred, particularly in younger women. Your doctor will be able to advise you on this further.
8. You’ll need to be admitted into hospital
You will only be in the hospital for a matter of hours as your eggs are collected. The hospital admission is only for few hours during the egg collection procedure. You will then need to return to the hospital to have the embryo implanted. This is typically a painless procedure, although there may be mild discomfort.
9. Donating my eggs will deplete them
A woman will have over 400,000 eggs. Only about 400 of these are required in an entire lifetime. Each month about 20 of these eggs will be mobilized, with only one or two being released during ovulation. The 18 to 19 of the remaining eggs will then die. IVF helps in sustaining the growth of these remaining eggs. Essentially what this means is that the process of IVF does not use more of your eggs, it simply uses the ones it would anyway more effectively.