Throughout the series of blog chatter A2Z campaign, I have been focussing on various treatments that are usually adopted for treating infertile couples. Mainly focussing on IVF and IUI.
IVF is a wonder of science and technology that renders a ray of hope to an infertile couple desperate to experience the bliss of parethood.
Fortunately, Universe was kind enough, to brainwash us by a Godsend doctor and lead us to the renowned IVF specialist of the city. Dr.Sudip Basu, a warm-hearted and successful doctor who gifted us the joy of being parents of twins. All this happened only when we broke the false shackles around us and opted this line of treatment.
But still many are gripped with social stigma and myths that are unscientific as well as illogical. As a couple, we too were gripped with few myths. For which unnecessarily delayed our parenthood journey by giving up our chase after failed IUI attempts.
Myth1 – IVF KIDS ARE WEAK AND CANCER PRONE
Most of the couples are clinched with this myth that the babies born out of IVF process are weak and cancer prone. The reason behind this thought process is the hormonal dosage that is given to a women during the treatment. The dosage is more by 3 to 4 folds considering any other treatment. Moreover, hormones introduced to the body are synthetic and not natural.
Before drawing any conclusion or having a belief one must understand what is IVF? IVF is a process in which extracted or donated eggs are fused with good quality of sperm in a dish in a sophisticated laboratory. The fusion leads to the formation of embryo that is either transferred to the womb or uterus of the female or are frozen.
Once the embryo introduced into the womb gets implanted its like any other normal pregnancy. In layman’s language the embryo is the seed and the lining of the uterus is the soil that nurtures the embryo to grow into an infant within 9 months.
Eating right, sound sleep, keeping oneself stress-free, prenatal checkups during pregnancy determines the health and overall well being of the fetus. IVF has got nothing to do with the health of the kids born out of it. So don’t waste your time delaying things. If your doctor feels you should go for an IVF.Then opt for it.
My both the kids had good birth weight and till date have better immunity than their peers. So free yourself from any mental block and embrace the golden opportunity that the science is offering you. For better results read Do’s and Don’ts of IVF.
Myth 2 It is only for the rich
The hormonal injection that stimulates ovaries to produce more eggs both quality, as well as quantity wise, comes pretty expensive but there are clinics I know personally were couples from the humble background are given concession. It’s still cheaper than several other surgeries.
Myth 3 – It is only for younger couples
Actually it’s other way around. Age is definitely a deciding factor for fertility. This procedure is effective for ladies in the menopausal group but the eggs are donated by the younger females. However, the pregnancy rate in older women is less as compared to younger ones.
Myth 4 – IVF pregnancies result in cesarean births
IVF pregnancy is just like any other natural conceived pregnancy. It has got nothing to do with the method of birthing. This misconception is built up because IVF is usually opted by older couples where normal or vaginal delivery is less encouraged because of other issues. Couples who have tried to conceive for many years or those with higher chances of multiple pregnancies can opt for elective cesarean delivery. A very normal vaginal delivery is possible following IVF.
Myth 5 – IVF has a 100% success rate
The success rate of IVF is about 40% in couples below the age of 35. Also, the success rate of IVF depends on factors such as age, cause of infertility, and biological and hormonal conditions.
Myth 6 IVF is not safe
It is a safe procedure with only about 2% of patients standing the risk of becoming unwell from ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
Myth 7 IVF is not successful in the first attempt.
This is absolutely a misconception as I am the living example of it. I conceived at the age of 36 years and delivered two healthy babies through IVF.
Even today in society Infertility issues are not openly discussed. With social stigma associated we are losing this golden opportunity that the technology is offering.
According to statistics, only 10% to 20% of IVF patients are completely open with their families about wanting to conceive a baby through assisted reproductive techniques. There is still a misconception that babies born through these procedures are unnatural and the society is not very forthcoming towards such couples.
It’s important to encourage couples to come out and talk about their fear and apprehensions, which will help them to remove misconceptions.
Don’t wait until it’s far too late.
This post is a part of the series #trystwithinfertility of blogchatter A2Z campaign.