6 Myths and Facts about IVF
Even in the age of information it is hard to distinguish between facts and myths. Misunderstandings are common when it comes to considering fertility treatments. People should have a clear idea about what to expect, creating more awareness will also help lessen the stigma associated with infertility treatments. So without much ado, let’s burst some of the myths related to IVF.
1. IVF is unsafe
IVF is a proven and tested treatment. Only a small percentage of patients seem to experience complications, for example Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). However, these risks can be greatly minimized if appropriate treatment and care is used.
2. IVF babies have a significantly high risk of birth defects and malformations
The risk for congenital malformation associated with IVF is low; it is almost the same as those of natural births. Furthermore, majority if these problems occur due to the genetic characteristics or hereditary problems of the couple. The procedure itself does not contribute to the risks.
3. You need bed rest for 24 hours following a transfer
This does not help; you are free to go about your normal routine after the egg transfer procedure has taken place. In fact a study in Egypt found that women who were on bed rest had a lower success rate as compared to those who remained active.
4. Age is not an issue
IVF becomes less successful as age increases. The risks of miscarriage and birth defects also rise. However, the right fertility center can help reduce the risk.
5. Multiple births are common
This is not true, most doctors recommend single embryo transfer, multiple births are not possible in such conditions.
6 Facts You Should Know
1. Optimal Sleep Duration
Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. A study by Korean researchers found that women who sleep 7 to 8 hours per night are more likely to have a successful IVF cycle than women who sleep more than 9 or less than 6 hours a night.
2. Understand the Advertised Success Rates
Most IVF clinics will proudly publish their pregnancy success rates, and ironically they all seem to perform significantly better than the national average, because getting you pregnant is their core business.
3. Fertility clinics sometimes use risky ways to improve results
Check the average number of embryos transferred when evaluating clinics. Clinics will often transfer multiple embryos at the same time in order to improve rates.
4. Check multiple cycle statistics
The most important number for anyone considering IVF and IVF clinics is the percentage of patients who have successfully had a baby over multiple cycles instead of just one.
5. Be prepared to handle the stress, anxiety
It is a fact any assisted reproduction technique will bring about feelings of stress and anxiety, it is better to prepare for this, most doctors recommend short-term counseling.
6. Understand the associated risks of multiple embryos
If more than one embryo is placed then the risk of twins is increased. This increases the complications for you and your babies. You may face problems such as miscarriage, develop pregnancy related high blood pressure, anemia or heavy bleeding.
IVF treatments are a long time commitment and you need to be aware of all the problems that you might face during the treatments. It is a wise move to speak to an expert and see where you stand.