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By GDIFR Posted in Pregnancy Thursday, 16 January 2020

12 IVF Truths No One Tells You About

  1. It’s no guarantee - The chances of pregnancy will depend on the age of a woman’s eggs and many other factors particular to a couple, but on average, only 37 percent of assisted reproduction cycles for women under 35, result in live births. The chances of success decrease with age.
  2. It takes a long time - A woman’s cycle is normally about 28 days long, but an IVF cycle can take much longer than that. “Basically it takes about six weeks from the start of the menstrual cycle to know how many genetically normal embryos a patient has,” Ghadir tells HealthyWay. “The following month, it takes approximately four to six weeks to prepare the lining of the uterus before the embryo can be put into the uterus and 10 days later we know if the patient is pregnant or not.” For eager parents, that’s a very long time.
  3. IVF can take a toll on your mental health - Dealing with infertility and undergoing IVF are hugely stressful events, so it’s no wonder that depression and anxiety are commonly reported among parents—particularly mothers—who are undergoing IVF.
  4. You might need it after conceiving naturally - Many people think if they’ve conceived without assistance once that it will happen again. But that isn’t always the case. Secondary infertility is when a woman who has already delivered one or more children isn’t able to get pregnant again naturally. Secondary infertility can be caused by age and health changes, or it can be unexplained. For people facing secondary infertility, the decision whether to pursue IVF can be a tough one.
  5. You might end up with too much of a good thing - The goal for anyone undergoing IVF is to have plenty of healthy embryos to choose from. More healthy embryos means more chances to implant those embryos and a greater likelihood of becoming pregnant and giving birth. Embryos can be donated to other families who are unable to conceive using their own embryos via a process called embryo adoption.
  6. You’ll be left feeling like a teenager - All the hormone shots involved with IVF mean that you’ll have lots more hormones than normal coursing through your body. That might leave you irritable, bloated, or even turned on.
  7. You might want to think about IVF before you’re ready to have kids - The quality of women’s eggs decreases with time, which can make it harder to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. “It’s not a bad idea for women in their mid twenties to already be thinking about their fertility even though it may be the last thing on their mind, simple tests can help women know if they may have trouble conceiving later in life.
  8. It’s more common than you think - About one in eight couples have trouble getting pregnant. “More people are probably getting IVF than you realize.”
  9. Sometimes you just have to laugh at everything - IVF experience was full of nerve-wracking moments, but despite that laughter was essential to getting through the process.
  10. IVF affects the dads too - Although it’s true that women have to deal with most of the medical procedures associated with IVF, the whole process can be draining for hopeful dads as well.
  11. You won’t relax when you get the positive pregnancy test - Having a positive pregnancy test is without a doubt a joyous moment for couples who have gone through IVF. However, that test won’t be the end of worry. “The only relief is when the baby cries after delivery. Until that moment, every day is a fear of the unknown.”
  12. It’s all worth it in the end - Okay, this one people probably will tell you. Although the process of IVF is scary, expensive, and emotionally draining, it is all worth it to have the family you’ve been waiting for.

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