In vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF is a highly advanced procedure that aims at helping couples who are not able to conceive even after years of trying. The idea is very simple, the process of fertilization of the male and female gametes, which in normal cases happens inside the mother’s body naturally, is performed outside the mother’s body in a laboratory by manual assistance. This requires a very high degree of specialization. The procedure has helped a lot of couples, struggling with pregnancy, to have a child of their own.
Although the procedure is gaining a lot of popularity, there are a lot of myths and stigmas that hold back the people from taking it into consideration. Some of the most common myths related to IVF treatment have been mentioned below along with their factual truths:
The procedure is only meant for the elderlies: False
A lot of people believe that IVF treatment is only for old people and especially women who have attained menopause. IVF treatment does help such couples but this does not mean that the treatment is restricted to them only. It is not the age but rather the problem that is to be kept in consideration. People as young as 25 years of age can also avail for the procedure if they are not able to conceive normally. No matter what your age is, as long as your doctor has not recommended otherwise, you can opt for IVF.
The procedure is very painful: False
Since you will be asked to take certain fertility drugs that are to be injected daily for 10 to 12 days prior to the collection of the gametes, a lot of people think that it is going to be really painful. The reality is that the procedure is accompanied by minimal pain, equivalent to the prick of a small, tiny needle that is used by diabetic patients to inject insulin into their bodies. Most of the patients experience no pain and side effects at all.
Only rich people can opt for the procedure: False
People think that the procedure is very expensive and would cost them a fortune. No doubt IVF is an expensive procedure but we cannot deny the fact that the perks of the procedure are worth the money you spend. It is a one-time investment with a very high success rate and is definitely cheaper than 6 to 7 rounds of IUI, laparoscopic surgery and continuous use of medication. The cost is not as much as perceived by us.
The child thus born is not your own: False
The only difference between normal pregnancy and IVF induced pregnancy is that the former occurs naturally whereas the latter requires manually assisted fertilization. The eggs and sperms used in the procedure are taken from the parents. The child is your own flesh and blood. It is true that in some cases where healthy eggs or sperms are not available there might be a need of donor gametes but this is done only after taking your consent.
The procedure will impact the quality of your life: False
The precautions that are to be taken after the IVF procedure are the same as those taken in case of a normal pregnancy. You might be asked to abstain from participating in rigorous activities or lifting heavy objects for the first few days but you can easily return back to your normal lifestyle.so you do not have to compromise with your lifestyle.
The baby has certain abnormalities: False
The chances of abnormality are same as in case of normal delivery i.e. 1 to 1.5 per cent. This is just a perceived notion which is not true. The use of cutting edge technology has further alleviated the risks of abnormalities thereby ensuring a healthy baby.
IVF pregnancies result in caesarean delivery: False
This is not true as IVF is concerned with only the process of fertilization and once the baby is placed inside the mother’s womb, it grows naturally and the rest of the pregnancy is completely normal. So this does not impact the type of procedure (caesarean or normal delivery)
The procedure if once opted, needs to be repeated in case of future pregnancies as well: False
Though this holds true in some of the cases in which there is complete exhaustion of gametes but there are many cases where the couple can conceive naturally in the consequent pregnancies.