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Myths And Facts About IVF

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Gynaecologist, Mumbai
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I am Dr. Garima Sharma, Gynaecologist. Today I will talk about the myths and facts of IVF. I will cover certain topics. What exactly is the IVF? Who requires IVF? Are there any side-effects associated with it? What are the success rates? Is there any difference between IUI and IVF? We make an embryo outside the womb by mixing egg and sperm inside the laboratory. Once the embryo is formed, the same will be transferred into the womb. There is a certain indication where IVF is the choice. So, in the first subset where you require IVF, where any female with a blocked fallopian tube or her tubes were removed because of any cause like ectopic pregnancy, damaged tube or there is any genetic issue with the couple or premature ovarian failure or the female achieve her menopause before the age of 40. There are other things also where IVF is considered as an option would be uterine issues, fibroids, unexplained infertility, miscarriage. Now the success rate of the IVF depends upon the multiple factors. So, the success rate depends upon the cause of fertility. What is the female age? How is sperm quality? What is the quality of the embryo? How is the uterus lining, is it good enough? And the most important is the laboratory condition where you IVF takes place.

What are the side-effects of IVF? Thanks to the advancement and sciences of the technology and the protocols that we have. Side-effects of IVF are very much limited. The issue which is concerned is multiple pregnancies. It all depends upon the better freezing technologies and laboratory conditions. Is there any difference between IVF and IUI? In IUI, the processed semen from the male partner is inserted directly to the womb and in IVF, we take out the sperm and the eggs, fertilize the same in the laboratory. Now the last part of my talk is myths about IVF treatment. People think that IVF is the solution to all your fertility and it will give you 100% success rate. So, as I already told you that the success rate depends upon the multiple factors. The average success rate is between 30-65% across the globe. Now the next myth that the baby which are formed with IVF have some congenital issues or they are malformed babies. But malformed babies issue can also happen in normal pregnancy. In IVF, you have to take the bed rest, but it is a daycare procedure and it does not mean any kind of bed rest.

You can resume your normal activities once the procedure is done. Then people think that IVF is meant only for rich people. So, yes, IVF is costly if you compare with other modalities. So, it is the treatment of choice. Next people think IVF means C-Section. C-Section depends upon your antenatal course and it's being decided by your gynecologist. I hope I have cleared a few myths about IVF treatment. Thank You Hi, I am Dr. Garima Sharma, Gynaecologist, Evacare Complete Woman Healthcare & Fertility Unit, Mumbai. Today I will talk about the myths and facts of IVF. I will cover certain topics. What exactly is the IVF? Who requires IVF? Are there any side-effects associated with it? What are the success rates? Is there any difference between IUI and IVF? We make an embryo outside the womb by mixing egg and sperm inside the laboratory. Once the embryo is formed, the same will be transferred into the womb.

There is a certain indication where IVF is the choice. So, in the first subset where you require IVF, where any female with a blocked fallopian tube or her tubes were removed because of any cause like ectopic pregnancy, damaged tube or there is any genetic issue with the couple or premature ovarian failure or the female achieve her menopause before the age of 40. There are other things also where IVF is considered as an option would be uterine issues, fibroids, unexplained infertility, miscarriage. Now the success rate of the IVF depends upon the multiple factors. So, the success rate depends upon the cause of fertility. What is the female age? How is sperm quality? What is the quality of the embryo? How is the uterus lining, is it good enough? And the most important is the laboratory condition where you IVF takes place. What are the side-effects of IVF? Thanks to the advancement and sciences of the technology and the protocols that we have. Side-effects of IVF are very much limited. The issue which is concerned is multiple pregnancies. It all depends upon the better freezing technologies and laboratory conditions.

Is there any difference between IVF and IUI? In IUI, the processed semen from the male partner is inserted directly to the womb and in IVF, we take out the sperm and the eggs, fertilize the same in the laboratory. Now the last part of my talk is myths about IVF treatment. People think that IVF is the solution to all your fertility and it will give you 100% success rate. So, as I already told you that the success rate depends upon the multiple factors. The average success rate is between 30-65% across the globe. Now the next myth that the baby which are formed with IVF have some congenital issues or they are malformed babies. But malformed babies issue can also happen in normal pregnancy. In IVF, you have to take the bed rest, but it is a daycare procedure and it does not mean any kind of bed rest. You can resume your normal activities once the procedure is done. Then people think that IVF is meant only for rich people. So, yes, IVF is costly if you compare with other modalities. So, it is the treatment of choice. Next people think IVF means C-Section. C-Section depends upon your antenatal course and it's being decided by your gynecologist. I hope I have cleared a few myths about IVF treatment.

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