Everything You Need to Know About In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has been increasing in popularity and success since the 1970s. If you're thinking of using IVF as a fertility treatment, you may have some questions. Is it right for you? What are the chances of it working? 

Here are some important things you should know about IVF before deciding to begin treatment. 

1. IVF can be time-consuming 

When you think about the process, this makes sense. IVF occurs when eggs are removed from a woman's ovaries, fertilized outside of the body, and then replaced inside the womb. Before the actual procedure even takes place, clients go through weeks of medications and checkups. In total, IVF can take around 4-5 weeks. 

2. IVF can be expensive 

The cost for the entire treatment - which includes scans, egg collection, embryology, and embryo transfer - can be pricey. The exact cost depends on your specific treatment circumstances. Make sure you ask a clinic for a full breakdown of costs before you decide to start.

3. IVF can be stressful 

The shots can cause some uncomfortable side effects, the influx of hormones can make you feel moody, and the strain of wanting the treatment to work can take a toll on you, mentally and physically. Just remember: there are many steps in the IVF process, and in order to ensure the best chances of it working, you need to take care of yourself during every one of them. Take time for yourself - that's just as important as the other steps! 

4. IVF is the most effective way for infertile couples to achieve pregnancy 

It typically takes more than one cycle of treatment for most women to become pregnant. Experts say typically, there is a 20-30 percent chance of having a baby after one cycle, but a 45-63 percent chance after three. The odds increase the more cycles you go through. IVF has the highest success rate for many patients, so undergoing treatment cycles that are tailored to your specific needs may be your best bet to finally get pregnant. 

5. IVF may cause a multiple pregnancy 

Having quadruplets or a higher number of multiples are rarely the result of IVF. However, the chance of having twins or triplets increases from 3 percent in natural conception to 33 percent with IVF treatment. This is because more than one embryo can be placed in the womb to better the chances of pregnancy.Have more questions about IVF? Be sure to talk with a specialist!

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