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For couples who are trying their best in making their dreams about a complete family, infertility can be a scary word. IVF (InVitro Fertilization) is the last resort to treat infertility. It demands a long and experimenting time ahead, where the ordeal may not prove comfortable. It can turn out to be a grand success or perhaps even futile costing you a fortune. Read on to understand the risks involved in IVF.
- IVF process may prove to be physically strenuous owing to the intensive hormonal treatment which may cause many medical complications. The extent of emotional stress is no less as the result of the intervention are far from certain. In case of failure in the procedure it can precipitate stress and depression.
- The time spent undergoing and recovering from the treatment is exhaustive.
- An immense investment is demanded by this technology.
6 rare complications of IVF:
IVF has been proven to be safe procedure overtime. In very rare cases, complications may be noticed. These risks are identified under six areas:
The complications may include:
- Hot flushes
- Feeling irritable
- Ovarianhyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS)
- Reactions to the anesthetic agent used
- Bleeding from the needle track
- Damage to surrounding structures.
Embryo transfer and multiple pregnancy:
Generally more than one embryos are implanted into the uterus of the patient to maximize the success rate. This may eventually increase the chance of multiple pregnancy, which is found to be common in half the IVF cases. The mother with multiple pregnancy is highly vulnerable to hypertension, hydramnios and preterm labor.
The babies conceived by IVF tend to have higher fasting blood sugar and blood pressure levels and found to be on the lower side of weight gain. There is a risk for preterm birth.
Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy:
The risk of miscarriage increases with the age of the mother. Ectopic pregnancy occurs only when the embryo implants in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus and this is very rare in IVF. The symptoms noticed in case of ectopic pregnancy include a stabbing pain, vaginal spotting, dizziness, lower back pain, giddiness or even low blood pressure.
The risk associated with IVF are very uncommon and not many cases have been reported for its failure. However, it is essential to know about the complications related to IVF treatment.
Pregnancy loss could be devastating. Not only does it affect a woman mentally, but it also often takes a huge toll on her confidence. Post miscarriage trauma is a common phenomenon in this case. The range of emotion a woman might go through include denial, guilt, anger, depression, envy and yearning. Although the process of grieving takes a lot of time, the first step towards post miscarriage trauma is to accept the inevitable and move on.
Here is a list of tips that will greatly help a woman to cope up with the loss:
- Take time: While listening to friends and family seems to be the best course of action around this time, your loved ones need not get priorities at this time. If you believe that clearing your baby’s belongings is causing pain to you, take the time to prepare yourself. Clear away the stuff only when you are emotionally ready to do so.
- Create memories: While a lot of people suggest to completely get rid of all the memories that are attached to the baby, it may not be a great thing to do. Studies have shown that creating a memory about your loss helps to heal faster. So go ahead and take a picture with your baby, plant a tree, take a footprint or christen the baby. Good memories attached to your baby will not haunt you about the loss.
- Take care: Do not neglect your personal health and well-being. Eat well, take enough rest, quit smoking and drinking and seek pleasure in your loved one's company. The more you embrace life, better are your chances to get back to the grooves. Following an old hobby or working out one hour per day goes a long way in the process of healing.
- Get your partner’s help: Being open about your emotions is a good thing to do. Express your feelings about the baby to your partner. The process of coping up can be entirely different from each other. What matters is to let each other’s feelings known. Your partner’s broad shoulder is your best bet to come out of your loss.
- Set the expectations right: Women often get cranky and irritated after a miscarriage. Speak to your loved ones and let them know about your feelings. This will help you to get your loved ones support you and let you heal quickly from your loss.
- Support group: It is very comforting to share your feelings with people who have already experienced the kind of loss you have faced. Sharing in person can reduce your pain a great deal. A spiritual healer or a professional psychiatrist can also play a crucial role in your recovery.
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