What is IVF? Is IVF painful? How long does an IVF cycle take? How successful is IVF? Here are the answers to questions you may have about IVF.
Infertility becomes a major concern whenever a couple is unable to get pregnant or is trying to conceive, despite the indulgence in unprotected intercourse, having tried for at least one year, and additionally so when the woman is aged less than 35. But with the continued advances made in reproductive medicine, treatments for infertility have become highly successful, including the IVF. Here is a list of questions about IVF, and answers to them you probably are seeking.
What is IVF?
IVF stands for in-vitro fertilization. It is a treatment for infertility, whereby in a laboratory dish, a woman’s eggs are fertilized with a man’s sperm. The fertilized eggs (or embryos) are further transferred into a woman’s uterus, in the hope that they will implant, and mature into a pregnancy. Essentially, it is a reproductive technique that is assisted medically, initially outside the woman’s body.
When or Why is IVF considered?
It is when other forms of infertility treatment are already considered and evaluated, but somehow did not work out, that one thinks about IVF or in-vitro fertilization. IVF is mostly considered when either the woman who has an advanced reproductive age, blocked fallopian tubes, PCOS, or when the man exhibits the male factor infertility. Among other reasons, it is also opted for to prevent the transmission of genetic diseases to future generations.
How successful is IVF in India?
One of the questions about IVF that probably does come to your mind is ‘How successful IVf really is in India?’ Doctors at Apollo Hospital confirm that IVF procedures are carried out throughout the year in India, successfully. Some difficulties might come in your way while conceiving, and hence IVF becomes a solution. It is understandable, however, that there might be a few concerns in terms of whether or not the process would be fruitful, given the time and money invested. A lot many couples or people have been able to start their family because of IVF.
There are several factors that determine the success of IVF including (but not limited to) the body’s capability to sustain a pregnancy in terms of age and previous or prevailing health issues, embryo status, lifestyle factors, choosing to conceive through surrogacy, or general attitude towards the process - sometimes IVF may not show results the first time, and it need not necessarily mean that it would not work out at all. IVF is a very personal decision, but must be taken only after carefully evaluating the factors that are at stake. Technology has come a far way and has managed to grow, of which IVF is one such result. With the right kind of guidance, IVF sure can help you gain from its benefits.
What are the things to be kept in mind before choosing IVF?
Everything about IVF must be known to you before considering IVF, including the benefits, the risks, or even the alternatives. A detailed discussion with the physician should nudge you in the right direction to make an informed decision and start a family of your own.
Choose the right IVF clinic :
The success of an IVF depends significantly on many factors related to the patients themselves, but they also quite do on the approaches the clinic takes.
Ask for details :
The cost and other expenses combined with each step of the procedure should be known well in advance. Ask about the number of embryos that will be transferred, implanted, and all other questions you might have.
Is IVF painful?
Every woman displays a different, individualistic response to the procedure in IVF. While some aspects might cause pain or discomfort to some women, others might not feel the same way. However, in case of severe pain, you must visit your doctor as it could be an indication of a complication (most likely to be easily dealt with) whilst the IVF process is going on. Women might experience discomfort while ovarian stimulation which is the first part of the process, or during ovulation induction, egg retrieval, and embryo transfer. There is no harm in talking to your doctor to be double sure.
How long does an IVF cycle take?
A cycle of IVF can take somewhere between four to six weeks, typically. Treatment can begin only after the initial fertility testing is done. The testing procedure will include assessment of the egg quality, uterus, semen analysis, etc.
How many times can IVF be tried?
IVF is almost like a miracle for women and men suffering from infertility. If you are not successful in the first attempt, how many more cycles should you try? Keeping the financial limitations or the monetary aspect aside, individuals can get the in vitro procedure done until they are successful. There is no guarantee however, whether or not it will be a success after the first or the second cycle. Ideally, there is no limit on the number of cycles of IVF one can get done, but if it has worked out even after the second or the third try, there might be a possibility of other factors getting in your way, that you might not be aware of. A fertility specialist in such a case, you should get in touch with.
When should you run the pregnancy test after IVF?
Ideally, women are advised to wait for about two weeks after the IVF procedure to run a pregnancy test. It takes that much amount of time for the fertilised egg to get implanted in the womb, and further produce the hCG hormone - that shall be detected in the test.
We sincerely hope that these answer some of your questions about IVF.