Bursting Myths about IVF and Infertility Treatment
Dr. Monica Sachdeva
Swaroop nagar, Kanpur Jul 27, 2019
Four decades have passed since the birth of first IVF baby ,Louise Brown. She herself is now a mother. Still myths and rumors concerning In Vitro Fertilization continue to sprout and thrive among us.
Let’s discuss the true facts and nullify all the myths.
Dr. Monica Sachdeva answers,
Myth - IVF is not safe.
Fact: Not true. Only 2%of patients standing the risk of becoming unwell due to Ovarian Hyper stimulation Syndrome. It’s a safe procedure. Delivering an IVF baby with malformation is very low risk, similar to spontaneous pregnancy.
Myth - Infertility is a Female problem
Fact: Not true. Only 35 % of infertility cases are caused solely by female factors. Another 35% cases are due to problems in male reproductive system. About 20 percent are combined and 10 percent have unexplained etiology.
Myth-IVF has 100% success rate
Fact: Not true. Though it is the most successful infertility treatment method it cannot guarantee 100% success rate. Success rate depends upon the age of female counterpart. Under 35 years of age, the success rate is around 55-65% which is good number. Multiple factors determine success rate like age, cause of infertility, biological and hormonal conditions.
Myth-IVF is very painful
Females are scared of multiple IVF injections and their pain. But this is untrue. The injections are not painful and the needles used are very thin causing just a stinging sensation.
Myth-IVF requires prolonged bed rest
Fact: No strict bed rest is advised and prolonged immobilization is not required. Avoiding exerting activities is advised. The lady can resume her daily chores and in fact go to her workplace too.
Myth-IVF babies are not normal
Fact: This is another common misconception that IVF babies are 'not normal' as they are not the result of "natural process”. However in all aspects their physical and mental development is as much as a normal baby. In fact, IVF deliveries happen vaginally too. IVF babies are very much " naturally born babies".