5 Facts & 5 Myths About IVF

There is no wrong way to start a family. Research all options available to you. If you are having difficulty conceiving, IVF might be right for you.

T.V. shows and movies lie all the time about getting pregnant. They make it seem like getting pregnant is the easiest thing in the world. Yet, many times a woman can struggle to get pregnant for many reasons. After trying for a while a couple might deice that they should consider getting an in vitro fertilization (IVF) done.

IVF is still mysterious to the general public and because of that, there are some rumors and myths about them. So we are here to give you the facts when it comes to IVF and what you need to know about them.

Myth: IVF Means You’ll Have Multiples

When someone says that they are having IVF done many people start to think that they can end up not just pregnant, but pregnancy with multiples. According to VeryWellFamily.com, having IVF done does not increase your chance of having multiple children at once as many people think.

IFV only increases a person’s chance of becoming pregnant with a fertilized egg. So don’t fall into this rumor that you will end up having a lot of kids in one go when you have IVF done to help you get pregnant.

Fact: IVF Does Not Guarantee Success For Having A Baby

Having a baby is a lot harder than people think and sometimes after trying naturally for a while people decide it’s time to reach out and get help. IVF is a great resource for many couples out there that are trying to conceive, but it does not guarantee success for having a baby, states AmericanPregnancy.org.

There are several things that people need to consider when having a baby even by IVF and that includes, their age, health, lifestyle factors and more. All of these things come together and account for a baby’s success rate.

Myth: Freezing Your Eggs For Later IVF Can Weaken Them

Many times when a person gets IVF done it can be years after freezing their eggs when they were younger. Freezing eggs is still a somewhat new concept that many people have questions about. And one of the most common things people think with frozen eggs is that they will not be as good or strong as fresh eggs.

Thankfully, this is completely false and there has been nothing to prove that frozen eggs are weak by any means since they were frozen when they were healthy.

Fact: It Can Take Awhile Before The Eggs Can Be Retrieved

Since IVF is still new to many people, some may assume that it is easy to take an egg from a woman. CCRMIVF.com has reported that many times the IVF cycle can take more than 28 days to retrieve an egg.

This is because of the medicine that a woman needs to take before a doctor can even remove the egg from her. They want to know that the eggs they are removing are the strongest ones that someone can produce for the highest rate of success.

Myth: Women Need IVF Because She Doesn’t Have Good Eggs

There is an awful stigma that if a woman cannot reproduce that is her fault and that men never have a problem producing. WebMD.com has stated that there can be many causes for fertility problems that both men and women can face.

Even men can experience infertility problems because of low sperm count or they can have sperm that is unable to penetrate or survive in the uterus. So don’t let this myth that only women have infertility problems get you done because there are men who are affected by infertility too.

Fact: It’s A Multi-Step Process

IVF is not something that happens overnight and it takes a while for a woman to get pregnant through IVF. HealthyMommy.com has stated that IVF is an eight-step process. First, a woman needs to wait and get treatment for her eggs to be ready to harvest.

Then the partner needs to supply sperm to be introduced to the egg. After that, the egg and sperm must be fertilized before they can place the embryos into the uterus. And even all that does not guarantee a baby. So whoever said making a baby is easy is wrong!

Myth: Kids Born From IVF Are Different

There is a weird myth about any person who is born by IVF are going to be different from kids who were born naturally. Some people even believe that IVF conceptions can lead to an increased risk of birth defects.

This is a dangerous myth that needs to go away for both people who are considering IVF and for kids born with this process. A child’s personality is unique and inborn- the method of conception will not influence it in any way.

Fact: IVF Can Be Costly

Having a baby is an expense, and most people know that and start saving and preparing for the cost of the hospital save and doctors bill. But something that couples might not think about at first is how much IVF is going to cost.

WedMD.com has mentioned that one round of IVF can coast over $12,000 in the United States. This is because many health insurance plans do not cover the cost of IVF and some couples have to do several rounds of IVF before they can actually become pregnant.

Myth: You Don’t Need To Worry About Age For IVF

In the media, IVF is usually shown to be done by older women who need help getting pregnant. Even though IVF can be for anyone at any age, a person’s age does matter when it comes to the success of IVF, according to VeryWellFamily.com.

This is because IVF is not a magical cure for anyone having trouble getting pregnant, all IVF does is help increases the chance of pregnancy. So make sure that you talk to your doctor about all of the possibilities of success when it comes to IVF.

Fact: There Are Side Effects To IVF

When a couple decides to have IVF done to help increase their chances of pregnancy there can be side effects from the treatment for the eggs and even after the embryos are placed in the uterus. AmericanPregnancy.org has reported that many women can experience different side from IVF.

Women have reported feeling mild cramping, constipation, breast tenderness to even more serious side effects like heavy vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain. If you are experiencing any side effects for IVF make sure you discuss it with your doctor.

by Jessica Sayers


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