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Infertility has become a major issue among the couples today. Many assistive reproductive technologies have come to the fore to help couples realize their dream of parenthood. In Vitro Fertilization has been leading the pack both in reliability and rate of adoption, lately. However, IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) is surrounded by a lot of myths and half-truths that are far from reality.
If you are one of the couples contemplating the IVF procedure , then here are some common myths and respective facts behind them, you must know about:
Myth 1: IVF is only for younger couples.
Fact: That is not true. IVF can also be as effective for an older couple as it is for the younger ones. The main problem with aging is the decline of the quality and quantity of eggs in women. All IVF needs is a healthy egg and sperm, which can be obtained using other assisted reproductive procedures like egg freezing or sperm freezing. Even without the assistance of these procedures, an older couple can use donor eggs from young women and IVF can help them cherish the dream of parenthood.
Myth 2: IVF babies are prone to birth defects and developmental issues.
Fact: These risks are absolutely low and are comparable to that of natural pregnancies. There is a 3 to 5% risk of birth defects even for the babies conceived through natural pregnancies, which is extremely low. This risk slightly increases among couples with fertility issues who generally resort to ART procedures like IVF. So the slight increase in risk is always present but is not amplified by IVF.
Myth 3: IVF guarantees 100% success
Fact: As much as everyone in the world wants it to be true, this is not true either. Even the Best IVF Clinic in the world could only offer a realistic chance of 70% at the maximum. The success percentage of IVF varies on factors like age, fertility status, and hormonal conditions. So a solid estimate cannot be given. But given that it is last resort to many couples with fertility issues, the success rate of IVF is very high and makes it a good proposition.
Myth 4: IVF is not required for the second child if the firstborn in naturally conceived.
Fact: This is a half-truth at the best. Your body goes through a lot of changes after the birth of your first child and a secondary fertility problem can set-in irrespective of the natural birth. There are studies which claim that IVF treatments improve the fertility the couple in the future but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of fertility problems. We request you to consult a qualified fertility specialist before arriving at an assumption.
Myth 5: IVF is expensive and is only for the rich.
Fact: IVF is not super-expensive and is not too economical either. But the cost does depend on your residential country. A quality IVF service is definitely cheaper in India as compared to the fertility services abroad, which is why IVF is being widely adopted in India in recent years. With an increase in the reliability of the procedure among the couples, wider adoption and raise in technologically advanced fertility centers, IVF is on its way to becoming an affordable fertility procedure, which is a good news.
Being an advanced procedure, IVF requires a technically adept fertility clinic led by qualified Fertility specialists with a good track record. Sridevi Fertility Clinic led by Dr. Swetha Thumula and her team of IVF specialists has been ranked as the Best IVF Clinic in Hyderabad by Times Health Survey for three times in a row.
So, if you are in or around Hyderabad, our IVF specialists are only miles away for your consultation.
You can schedule the appointment here: https://www.sridevifertility.com/