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IVF - What Do You Think You Know About It?

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Dr. Nalini Gupta 88% (264 ratings)
M.Sc, MD, MBBS
IVF Specialist, Delhi  •  34 years experience
IVF - What Do You Think You Know About It?

IVF or In Vitro Fertilization is a procedure carried out in a laboratory where a female egg is fertilized manually with male sperm. After this, the embryo is introduced into the uterus. IVF is of great help to those couples who face fertility problems due to varied reasons. With each passing day, the success rate is increasing steadily. But, before seeking such assistance, you need to know and consider various factors.

Here is a list of few facts that you must know before opting for IVF.

What is IVF?
The very first thing you must know is that if you ever became pregnant in natural manners, then the chances of getting a positive result with IVF increases in your case. This is such a procedure which is beneficial to people with nearly all kinds of infertility complications. If you have such an infertility condition where fertility medications also proved to be unsuccessful, then you may choose IVF in that situation.

Eggs are first taken out from the ovary of a would-be mother and then fertilized outside before replacing it inside her womb. The treatment procedure is a bit lengthy. Before the collection of the egg, the woman needs to take prescribed medications and visit the clinic for check- ups or scans for a couple of weeks. The procedure of egg collection takes nearly an hour and after that, the patient must return to the clinic for the transfer of embryo and also pregnancy blood test. In total, the treatment takes approximately four to five weeks. Various shorter treatment forms are also available as well as other essential things that you must know before opting for IVF.

Are there any risks?
Many patients seeking fertility treatment from IVF generally have a misconception that the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer increases if this procedure is tried. But, you need not worry at all as IVF has no link with the increased risk of such diseases.

In many cases, it is seen that a couple possesses extra healthy embryo other than one. In that case, if the couple feels like, then they can donate the extra embryo to others. In conditions of male infertility, donated sperms are also used. A woman whose age is more than 45 usually has very fewer chances of becoming pregnant with her own egg, she may take the help of donor eggs.

You need not feel ashamed of infertility as it is a common phenomenon. With a success rate of 40%, many couples seek this procedure to get conceived. Besides infertile people, single women and same-sex couples also opt for this procedure. It means one in fifty babies is seeing the light of the Earth using IVF.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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