Two-thirds of patients undergo IVF or other advanced fertility treatments will eventually fail. This statement may disturb you and yet this is the reality.
Successful or celebrity stories attract the media attention. You, therefore, see only one side of the story. You will not know the other side of the story. The reason is understandable. Patients who failed remain silent enduring psychological trauma they have undergone during the treatment.
Pay close attention here…
There is a saying “a half-truth is often a great lie”. It means telling only half truth is like lying. So anyone taking decisions based on half truth will end up with failure.
Here is what you have to realize…
Before you go for IVF treatment, several factors need to be considered. In this article, I made an attempt to give you a comprehensive awareness of IVF treatment.
And above all…
My intention is not to take sides; rather give you the correct perspective so that you can go for well-informed choice.
So here are sixteen Things You Should Know about IVF Treatment
Here is my take on IVF treatment…
Did you know?
Current trends show that women are delaying childbearing, avoiding marriage and freezing their eggs using of IVF technology.
So! Women are increasingly using IVF. There is no surprise you are motivated by the success stories. Unfortunately, majority people do not fully aware of the dark side of IVF.
The Truth is…
Everyone using IVF is risking their physical and emotional well-being. In this article, you will realize how the IVF treatment affects you emotionally socially and physically.
As I want to discuss all the aspects of IVF treatment, first let me start with what is IVF….
What Is IVF?
As you already aware IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization. IVF involves retrieving eggs from a woman ovaries and fertilizing them with sperm outside the woman womb.
The fertilized egg is called an embryo and this embryo can then be frozen for storage or transferred to a woman uterus or a surrogate. Surrogate is a woman who carries your pregnancy.
IVF can be done with:
- Your eggs and your spouse sperm.
- Your eggs and donor sperm.
- Donor eggs and your spouse sperm.
- Donated embryos.
IVF is used for:
Most common fertility technique is IVF with ICSI. This treatment accounts for around two-thirds of all treatments worldwide. ICSI is an acronym for intracytoplasmic sperm injection. It is a fancy name for directly injecting sperm into an egg in a laboratory. This treatment is used to deal with male infertility.
Conventional IVF vs. ICSI:
What is surrogacy?
In laymen terms, surrogacy means taking another woman’s womb for rent.
Surrogacy is followed by the couple when it is not possible to have a child on their own due to medical reasons.
There are two types of surrogacy:
- Traditional surrogacy: In this process, sperm is placed in a surrogate woman’s vagina when she is ovulating. What it means is that surrogate mother is the genetical mother of the child. Put it simply, surrogate not only renting the womb but also giving or selling the egg.
- Gestational surrogacy: In gestational surrogacy, an embryo is created using IVF procedure and then transferred to a surrogate. In otherwords, surrogate only carries the pregnancy without any genetical relation with the child. Put it simply surrogate only renting the womb.
IVF is 5 steps Procedure
There are five steps involved in IVF:
- Stimulation fertility drugs
- Egg retrieval
- Embryo culture
IVF Success Rate
Pregnancies per embryo transfer 29%
Live birth per started cycle 17% (Under age 35)
Live birth per started cycle 6% – 10% (Above age 35)
Note1: Statistics only indicative but not accurate because Clinics don’t consider Drop-outs.
Note2: Statistics varies from clinic to clinic also.
Number of IVF Cycles
One IVF cycle involves 3 stages. IVF cycle begins with stimulating the ovary when the woman menstruates. Then It is followed by fertilization of egg and sperm in a laboratory and finally, the embryo is transferred to the woman’s womb. This is what we call as one cycle.
Please take note of the following important facts:
- Some women are successful on the 1st cycle.
- Others may need 4 or 5 Cycles.
- Some endured even 11 cycles to have their child.
- So on average, it takes 3 IVF cycles to give birth to a baby.
Here are the extracts of real people to feel a sense of the reality of IVF treatment:
“I have just failed my 4th IVF attempt which was my first Frozen Natural Cycle. 4 IVF attempts then get pregnant? I am SOOO losing hope of having my own child. If anyone can give me any insight I’d appreciate it.” – Source: www.fertilethoughts.com
“I’m frustrated a bit, I did 10 FAILED ivf attempts. I want to believe but can’t forget so many fails I had already. Maybe it is really worth to try?” – Source: www.fertilethoughts.com
“I am feeling very sad, mad, confused. This will be our last attempt. I am physically, emotionally, and financially drained. I feel like I am the only person who can do 6 IVF/FET/Donor cycles in a row and fail.” – Source: www.fertilethoughts.com
The cost of IVF treatment plays a crucial role in IVF treatment because IVF treatment may drain all your life savings.
No one can give you a precise cost of IVF treatment as it varies depending upon no. of IVF cycles you undergo, the cost of medications, additional treatments like ICSI, PGD so on so forth…
Here is the average cost of IVF treatment for your guidance…
- The cost for a single IVF cycle: $12,000-$17,000.
- Per each additional IVF cycle: $6,955
In general, fertility clinics don’t reveal the full facts at once. First, they tell the cost of IVF leaving the drugs, diagnostic costs… so you need to be cautious about the cost of the IVF treatment.
IVF Insurance & Finance
Most health insurance plans do not cover In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Get Finance: Some IVF providers offer to finance.
Take an IVF vacation: Go abroad for medical treatment where it is cheap
India is a main destination for surrogacy. Indian surrogates have been increasingly popular with intended parents in industrialized nations because of the relatively low cost. Indian clinics are at the same time becoming more competitive, not just in the pricing, but in the hiring and retention of Indian females as surrogates. Clinics charge patients between $10,000 and $28,000 for the complete package, including fertilization, the surrogate’s fee, and delivery of the baby at a hospital. Including the costs of flight tickets, medical procedures and hotels, it comes to roughly a third of the price compared with going through the procedure in the UK. – Source: en.wikipedia.org
IVF Side Effects
It is a fact that all the prescription drugs come with unwanted side effects. There is no exception to IVF drugs also. Here are the likely side effects you may suffer….
- Breast tenderness
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Blood in the urine
IVF process involves a host of activities including over-stimulation of the ovaries and freezing the embryos using drugs. All these procedures intervene your natural system and affect them. Here are some of the risks associated with IVF treatment…
- Anxiety or depression
- Increased risk of cancer
- Drugs can give you a heart attack
- Increased Multiple pregnancies with risk of premature birth
- Ectopic pregnancy (when the eggs implant outside the uterus)
- (OHSS): excess of fluid in the abdomen and chest
- Bleeding, infection, or damage to the bowels or bladder
- IVF Children are likely to develop serious diseases.
IVF Emotional Issues:
IVF treatment sucks your vital energies as you go through all the injections and long hours of waiting. You are always scared with haunting question of whether it works or not…
The problems deepen from each failed cycle. You are going through the rollercoaster ride of hope and disappointment.
More importantly, 3rd party donations and surrogacy are bound to have an impact on your relationship with your spouse.
IVF Social, Ethical and Legal Issues
In vitro fertilization turns children into commodities. IVF is a process of unnatural procreation not involving the sexual union. This obviously results in social, religious and legal issues.
These issues can’t be overlooked as legal issues are involved in surrogacy.
Genetic origins of a child can’t be kept secret for a long period of time. It will have a serious impact on the children born out through these procedures…
The Dark Side of IVF:
Here are the excerpts from real people to help you realize the implications of IVF treatment…
Zoe, Bristol: I honestly believe that undergoing fertility treatment was the worst decision I have ever made.
Karen, Cambridge: My husband and I went through five unsuccessful IVF treatments, and I have to say this was the worst period of my life. The drugs make you feel awful, it costs a fortune and the grief is overwhelming.
Beth, Sussex: Having been through IVF four times, I can honestly say that all these clinics are after is your money. I’ve never received a phone call or letter after a failed cycle.
I hated the invasive nature of IVF, and although I am glad we tried, I would never turn back the clock. We are financially secure now and would have had no savings for a rainy day if we had continued down the route of IVF. – Source: www.bbc.com
IVF in nutshell:
You just learned all the implications of IVF treatment. And that means you can now take an informed decision as to whether or not IVF treatment is right for you.
Now I wrap up this post with the following concluding words …
The IVF journey involves a lot of agony, cost and risk. So it is wise to enhance fertility naturally without risking your life.
Are you scared that you’re never going to be a mom?
I know how much you desperately want your child. And that is why you are taking Clomid cycles, checking charts and embarrassing internal exams…But the result is often BFNs or miscarriages.
Pay Close ATTENTION here…
If you are trying to conceive for more than two years and worried about whether you can get pregnant…… It is the time for C.H.A.N.G.E… So you won’t MISS the chance of becoming a MOM.
To Prevent further damage of your fertility…
So first and foremost you need to find out why you got this problem in first place.
In other words…
I want you to discover what is causing your fertility problem. Without knowing the cause of your problem you cannot fix it. ( But unfortunately, this is what the modern doctors are doing for you.)
I am sure, no one can tell you the real cause of your problem. But let us try to discover the cause of your problem based on SCIENTIFIC FACTS….
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I used to ridicule news like this…
“Women get pregnant while she’s on vacation.”
“Woman get pregnant after adoption.”
We hear such news now and then.
All such stories will tell you one thing.
If you are trying to conceive very hard, stress and anxiety will affect your fertility and you will not get pregnant. Once you forget this and start living the life normally you will get pregnant.
In the past, I think they are simply coincidences…
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Infertility is nothing but the imbalance in your body.You may think that it is very complicated, but if you comprehend it, you will realize that it is not so.
I try to explain this with an analogy.
Please think of this situation. You want to drink a glass of lime water. You have taken a glass of water and squeezed lime juice into it. You sip the juice and found it bitter. What will you do then? You pour some more water and see that its bitterness is reduced.
See what you have done here?
You have reduced the acidity of lime juice by adding more water. This sort of common sense is enough to tackle the problem of infertility. This may sound overly simplistic but this is the truth… Continue to read
I never believed in the alternative to western medicine. I am of the opinion that the so-called alternative therapies including Chinese medicine were a hoax.
This is my perception before I have started my fertility blog. You already know that I am fertility blogger for the last 3 years. I have done extensive research and heard umpteen number of success stories. Today I know that natural therapies work.
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Women trying to conceive for a long time often felt frustrated. As the age advances the chances of getting pregnancy becomes harder and harder. They suffer miscarriages and a host of hormonal disorders.
They are overly concerned due to the fact that the thought of inability to bear the child seriously affects their self-esteem.
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Being a woman, I know that every woman wants to experience motherhood. That is our innate nature and that is why you are doing everything that is humanly possible to get pregnant. You deserve highest care and certainty of treatments.
Like most women, you’re not getting vital information that you need to fight infertility, and get rid of all the infertility problems that you have.
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