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5 Common Myths and Misconceptions about In Vitro Fertilization

IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatment involves fertilizing an egg with sperm outside of the body to form embryos which are then transferred back to the uterus. 

Though IVF has contributed many to becoming a parent, it also has been a topic with many myths and misconceptions. These misconceptions may be the result of misinformation, blind cultural beliefs, and fear. And, they can certainly create needless stress, anxiety, and confusion. Today, we will discuss five of the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding IVF to help you make the best decision on the journey of parenthood. Let’s begin without further ado.  

Myth 1: IVF increases health risk for your baby

Many “parent to be” individuals or couples fear that the baby born with IVF will have increased health risks such as birth defects, developmental delays, and lower weight in the baby.  Well, you do not have to worry about it at all as there is no evidence to support this myth. During the IVF treatment procedure, genetic counseling is done to make sure that embryos are healthy before they get transferred to the uterus. So, this ensures that there is the lowest risk for genetic defects in the baby. 

 Myth 2: Ovarian Stimulation Causes Cancer

One of the other most common misconceptions regarding IVF is that ovarian stimulation increases the risk of cancer. However, many studies and research have shown that there is no evidence to claim that ovarian stimulation will increase your risk of cancer. They suggest that you have similar risks for cancer after using ovarian stimulation as with other general people. 

 The stimulation drugs that are used during IVF treatment are monitored carefully and administered in controlled doses. This ensures to eliminate or minimize any potential risks associated with the drugs.  

Myth 3: IVF Causes You to Have Multiple Births

It is a fact that, in the past, IVF labs used to transfer multiple healthy embryos aiming to increase the possibility of conceiving. This may also be one of the reasons for developing the concept that IVF causes you to have multiple births. However, the technologies have advanced in the last few decades. Using advanced technologies, fertility experts carefully monitor the number of embryos that are to be transferred to the uterus for minimizing the risk of multiple births. Plus, today, most IVF service providers encourage the transfer of only a single healthy embryo to reduce the risk of multiple pregnancies.  

Myth 4: IVF is only for couples struggling with infertility

It is true that IVF was initially developed to help couples struggling with infertility. However, it has evolved ever since and today it is an ideal option for different people who are on the path of conceiving. For instance, the treatment is regarded as a blessing for those individuals or couples with genetic disorders as it may be harmful to their baby when they naturally conceive the baby. Additionally, IVF has also been ideal for single women and same-sex couples.  

Myth 5: It is ok to do IVF at any age

No doubt, IVF has helped women of different ages to conceive. However, there is an age limit for IVF treatment too. As a woman ages, she may not produce high-quality eggs which reduces the chances of pregnancy as well. This is why the IVF success rate reduces as you get older, especially after the age of 35. If you have any further concerns, feel free to consult with our fertility experts at Sishu Fertility Clinic. Contact us at +977 9828839269.

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