World IVF Day: Important facts to know if you are opting for the process

World IVF Day: Important facts to know if you are opting for the process

IVF stands for In vitro fertilization and it is known to be one of the most prominent medical techniques for couples with infertility issues. In vitro fertilization is a process of fertilization where the egg is combined with sperm in a laboratory. The process includes constant monitoring of women’s ovulatory processes and retrieving the egg from the ovary, so that fertility specialists can help the sperm meet the egg and fertilize in a culture medium in a laboratory.

When the egg is fertilized and cultured in the laboratory, which takes around 3-6 days, it is transferred back into the uterus, with the hope of establishing a successful pregnancy. Making the decision to go for IVF treatment can be exciting and nerve wracking as there can be a number of apprehensions in your mind. You could be new to the process and lack knowledge of it. You can discuss the IVF treatment in your preferred fertility clinics and if you have made up your mind to go for an IVF treatment, then you should learn enough about the treatment first.

There are a few things that you need to keep in mind if you are opting for the process:

Age: If you are young, then the chances of success of IVF are higher. Young women have a good chance of pregnancy with IVF. Women with age less than 35 have a better chance of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby. But this does not imply that women above 35 cannot opt for the process but the chances are higher if the maternal age is less. The same is applicable to men as well. The ovarian and sperm health is better when the couple is young.

Time sensitive process: IVF is a time sensitive process. Your success rates are better if you initiate the process quickly and when you are younger. When you notice any signs of infertility, it is better to get yourself assessed as soon as possible as this will help in initiating the required treatment.

Lifestyle: You can’t avoid the lifestyle factors when it comes to fertility and pregnancy. A healthy body and mind is essential for success of the procedure. Your diet, exercise routines, stress levels, habits like smoking and drinking all have an impact on the success rates. After assessing you, the doctor will advise on the lifestyle changes you need to make in order for a successful pregnancy through IVF

Expenses: The prices for an IVF procedure include many elements. Before choosing a fertility clinic, ensure you get enough information about the expenditure it entails.

Mental Health is important: Infertility can cause emotional turbulence in the life of a couple. Unfortunately, the issue is plagued by stigma and misconceptions. When you are about to opt for IVF procedure, ensure that the clinic has psychological counselling facilities as well. Trust is very important, as the couple will be confiding information that is very sensitive to them. Having a therapist/ psychological counsellor can make your journey smoother.

Enquire about risks and complications: Every couple is different. The success or failure of IVF depends on multiple factors. The clinic you opt for should be ethical and transparent about their treatments offered and procedures. Make sure your enquire about any risks and complications that may occur, if you decide to opt for the process

Manage expectations: Managing expectations is highly important before going for IVF. Though there are couples who have gotten pregnant in their very first try of IVF, some would require more than one try. The couple should mutually discuss what their goals are and keep a positive mindset. Do not lose heart if you don’t conceive on your first try.

Keeping this information in mind, you should consult a doctor to discuss the possibilities. With the advancement of medical technology processes like IVF are helping hundreds and thousands of couples to fight infertility. The journey to parenthood through assisted reproductive technologies can be overwhelming, but the reward is equally sweet when it helps you conceive your little bundle of joy.

Dr. Apurva Satish Amarnath

Consultant - Reproductive Medicine, Nova IVF Fertility, Kammanahalli, Bengaluru

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