As we welcome the new year, it’s a perfect time to dispel some of the common myths surrounding In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and provide clarity for those considering this journey. At Conceive Fertility Center, we believe in empowering our clients with accurate information and compassionate care. Let’s start by understanding what IVF is and then address the top six myths associated with it.
What is IVF?
In Vitro Fertilization is a series of procedures used to assist with the conception of a child. It involves extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining them in a laboratory dish. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the uterus. IVF can be performed using your own eggs and your partner’s sperm, or eggs, sperm, or embryos from a known or anonymous donor.
Top 6 Myths of IVF
1. Myth: IVF is only for younger couples.
Reality: IVF can be effective for people of various ages. Age is the biggest contributor affecting fertility (pregnancy, miscarriage and Down Syndrome rates) due to genetic and chromosomal issues that increase with female age. Genetic testing of embryos through IVF allows us to select normal and healthier embryos that directly improve outcomes for patients, especially the older they are
2. Myth: IVF always results in multiple pregnancies.
Reality: While IVF can increase the chance of multiples if more than one embryo is transferred, however current single embryo transfer practices have made it possible to minimize this risk.
3. Myth: IVF is excessively painful.
Reality: Most women find IVF to be mildly uncomfortable rather than painful, especially with advancements in medical techniques.
4. Myth: IVF works for everyone.
Reality: IVF significantly improves the chances of pregnancy, but it’s not a universal solution. Success rates vary based on several factors, including age and underlying fertility issues.
5. Myth: IVF babies have more birth defects and health issues.
Reality: Most studies show that the risk of birth defects and health issues is not increased by these technologies and is related to that of the patient population
6. Myth: Lifestyle doesn’t impact IVF success.
Reality: Factors like diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol use can influence the success of IVF treatments.
What to Expect Through IVF Treatment
The IVF journey is unique for each individual or couple. It generally involves initial consultations, fertility testing, ovulation induction, egg retrieval, fertilization, embryo development, and finally, embryo transfer. Throughout this process, our team at Conceive Fertility Center provides personalized care and guidance, ensuring that you understand each step and feel supported.
Scheduling a Consultation at Conceive Fertility Center
Embarking on the IVF journey is a big step, and we are here to guide you. To schedule a consultation:
– Visit Our Website: Fill out the contact form on our website for a quick response.
– Call Us: Speak directly with our friendly staff to book an appointment.
Remember, every journey to parenthood is unique. At Conceive Fertility Center, we are committed to providing you with the care and support you need to navigate your path. Here’s to a hopeful and informed new year!