5 Truths to Know About IVF Treatment

5 Truths to Know About IVF Treatment

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has completely revolutionized pregnancy possibilities. More than 8 million children have been born through this assisted reproductive technology. It brings you a step closer to conception and could be the right choice for family planning for infertile couples. In fact, the global market size if expected to gain 10% growth between 2021 and 2027.

However, despite the host of benefits, the IVF journey is not a cakewalk. In involves a series of steps which requires commitment and patience. After all, it is one of the most highly advanced procedures creating new lives. So, if you are willing to undergo the process, below are a few practical things to know beforehand.

1. It is Not a Quick Fix

 IVF is known to boost the chances of pregnancy. However, it is not a sure-shot remedy to infertility. Many are often under the misconception that it is simply a matter of time till the baby is in their hands. However, that is not always the case. There is no 100% guarantee for successful outcome. But, getting the process done at top gynecological hospitals by highly skilled team of doctors can make sure the there are zero loopholes in the process at least.

2. Lifestyle Changes are Necessary

You might have to adopt certain measures before and while undergoing the treatment. These can have a great influence on the fertility and ensure a healthy live birth.

  • Aim to achieve to a positive body weight. Otherwise, obesity might interfere with the ovulation process.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption since it can increase the risk of miscarriage and make the IVF process lengthy.
  • Consume diets packed with folic acid, leafy green vegetables and whole grains.
  • Avoid having unprotected sex which can increase the chances of STDs.

3. Age is a Significant Factor

 Women below 35 years of age can expect high success rates. However, post this, the chances of fertilization starts to decline. This is because the genetically normal eggs might get poor in quality. Further, even if you have eggs in abundance at an older age, chances of chromosomal abnormalities are quite high. Catering to the oocyte health, in vitro fertilization works the best when you are young.

4. Side Effects of Infertility Treatments

Much like any other process, IVF too comes with certain consequences. These include stress, low birth weight or premature delivery. However, these conditions are never beyond management and might not be common for all cases. The chances of other complications can also be minimized with screenings, medications and supplementations. Work with your healthcare specialist closely to maintain a good health post embryo transfer.

5. IVF Could be Expensive

In India, IVF cost varies from clinic to clinic. Although it is fairly expensive, the process is worth the money for anyone who can afford to pay.  Further, there are several ways to lower the costs. For example, using fresh embryos and fertilizing with your partner’s sperms rather than working with sperm banks. You can also talk to you doctor to know if medical insurances are applicable for IVF.

Further, it might take more than one cycle to get pregnant. The secret is to stay patient have a positive outlook to reduce stress and depression.

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