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16 Common Myths & Facts about IVF Busted

Posted on January 28, 2019 with 0 comments

The routines followed by people these days and the stressful busy lives have emerged as a big concern among couples facing problems like infertility. It can be dealt well and there are many assisted reproductive technologies today which can help couples combat this problem. Among them is IVF or In Vitro Fertilization, is the most popular method.

Though IVF has been a successful method, giving positive results, but there are still many myths related to this procedure.

So let’s get in detail the myths facts about IVF.

Myth 1: IVF works well for young couples only

When it comes to being fertile, age numbers matter a lot, as age is a factor that determines fertility. But concerning this procedure, it can be as effective in ladies in the post-menopausal group as in younger ones.

In the older age group, donor eggs from younger females are used, and the results are very good in these cases, although this fact can’t be ignored that the pregnancy rates in older women are lower as compared to younger women, if their own eggs are used.

Myth 2: Only rich people can afford IVF

The expenses of IVF are a little high, but many other surgeries are costlier than IVF. And also, its cost has not risen in the last many years.

Myth 3: All infertility issues are covered by IVF

Practically IVF is just one of the many available infertility treatments. Infertile or childless couples have a many reproductive procedures to go for such as ovulation induction (OI) with medications, Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), operative procedures like laparoscopy etc. to help them in conceiving. Consulting a gynecologist to know what is the right procedure for couples to get pregnant is preferable.

 Myth 4: IVF backs with a 100% success rate

First of all, the successful outcomes of IVF depend on factors such as age, the cause of infertility, and biological and hormonal conditions. So it can’t be said that it is always 100% successful. And as per reports, the success rate of IVF is about 40% in couples below the age of 35, although an upward trend in the results has been seen lately due to improvisation in treatment techniques.

Myth 5: Defects and malformations are found in babies born through IVF

Talking about the risk of babies born with defects and malformations can happen with anyone among the world population. It can’t be selectively associated with IVF babies, because the absolute risk of delivering an IVF baby with malformations is low.

Myth 6: IVF pregnancies lead to caesarean births

IVF pregnancies also result in normal vaginal delivery and are just like naturally conceived ones. They do not occur with any caesarean birth objective. Couples who have been trying to conceive for many years or those with higher chances of multiple pregnancies can opt for elective caesarean delivery.

There are many treatments available for infertility; IVF is one of them and definitely a boon for couples battling age and other factors that prevent them from having a baby at the right time.

The need of the hour is to help infertile couples by dispelling the myths surrounding this procedure so that the couples who are either contemplating or going through the IVF process find some reassurance.

Myth 7: IVF causes multiple pregnancies

There have been cases of multiple pregnancies accounted with this procedure, but reducing the number of embryos transferred, particularly in younger women, can minimize this risk.

Myth 8: Safety issues associated with IVF

Safety issues are a myth, as it is a safe procedure with only about 2% of patients standing the risk of becoming unwell from ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome.

Myth 9: Donating eggs will reduce them

In a lifetime, there are over 400,000 eggs that a female has. Out of them, the requirement is of only 400 eggs in an entire lifetime. Each month uses about 20 eggs. Out of them, only one or two grow to the point of being released during ovulation and about 18 to 19 of the remaining eggs die.

IVF is a procedure that helps in sustaining the growth of these remaining eggs. Therefore, there is no chance of eggs getting finished through donation for IVF.

Myth 10: Using IVF hormone injections lead to uncontrollable emotions

The fact is that IVF hormone injections includes female hormone oestrogen, which develops a brain chemical known as “endorphins” that gives a sense of happiness.

Hence, injecting an IVF hormone injection in the body will tend to make patients happier and not lead them to suffer from any emotions that are out of their control. The ups and downs in emotions that patients tend to experience are a result of the stress and anxiety surrounding the completion of the cycle.

Myth12: IVF is insured

IVF treatments are not covered by the majority of the insurance companies in the market. It is advisable to clarify with the insurance company before a couple initiates or opt for an IVF treatment.

Myth 13: Acupuncture helps couples get pregnant.

Acupuncture helps in increasing blood flow and going through acupuncture during IVF will help with embryo implantation. As per the studies in the past, the results have been not clear as half have shown no benefit and half show a significant benefit. Certain doctors recommend acupuncture as it is one of the cheap and natural way that helps in improving the fertility within the human body and the same does not have any side effects.

Certain doctors also recommend other forms such as yoga and massage are also certain similar methods that helps in improving the mental state of mind and regain fertility in both male and female partners. The same is worth the effort to improve both male and female overall wellbeing mentally and physically.

Myth 14: Stick to bed rest after embryo transfer

As per doctors the same is a myth and should not be given any importance. As per a research, a bed rest of about 24 hours leads to a lower rate of success as compared to the women who had continued their routine activities.

Hence, doctors recommend that the patients should get back to their routine instantly as the same helps in getting the normal blood flow and to avoid any fluctuations in the heart rate.

Myth 15: Herbal remedies can help with IVF

It is not shown or proved anywhere that intake of herbs is safe while a couple is trying to conceive. Their interaction with fertility drugs is something not yet known. As per a study conducted in Denmark, it was found that out of 800 women, those using complementary and alternative therapies (which mostly consisted of herbs) lowered their chance of pregnancy by 30 percent.

Adding to that fact, many herbs come from overseas, with detectable levels of mercury and no guarantee of safety, and that some are inadvisable to take during pregnancy, and herbs can be dangerous. Most of these herbs are not well known and what their impact is, but some of them affect blood clotting. It is advisable for patients to not keep any secrets from their doctor. It can have serious consequences.

Some people also believe that special diets can boost your chances of getting pregnant.

A successful fertility diet is a myth. Because it has yet not be proved that any specific diet (be it eating pineapple every day or never eating gluten) will increase the chances of getting pregnant at any soon possible time.

The pregnancy success based on special diets cannot be relied upon. It is true, that all of the experts and medical teams recommend following a healthy, balanced diet full of whole grains, lean protein, and fruits and vegetables to maximize a good health of the parent and health of the baby that is trying to be conceived through IVF.

 A very beneficial thing related to pregnancy, to do is getting enough vitamin D each day. As per a 2014 study of 335 women, it was found that vitamin D deficiency was possibly related to poor IVF outcomes. Researches will keep on improvising the facts, but it should be known that implantation and pregnancy could be less likely to occur in women with inadequate vitamin D levels.

Myth16: Weight has no impact on IVF results

Weight concerns also matter when it comes to getting pregnant. So maintaining a weight within a certain normal range is also important. Women with body mass indices of over 35 or fewer than 20 do experience lower pregnancy rates.

The myths related to IVF should be cleared before opting for it and also for those already going through it. People should know what exactly they are going through and how beneficial it is. It is recommended to get in touch with a reputed professional before taking any decision. It is a smart idea to talk to couples who have already undergone this treatment. They will be able to give you a clear picture and solve all your queries.

Before finalizing any professional it is important that you carry out a detailed background check. The success rate of the expert will speak volumes about the result that you can expect in future. You need to be clear about other aspects like money involved also so that you make prior arrangements. There is nothing to worry as little bit of planning will ensure a smooth sail.

Happy parenting!

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