Common Myths and Misconceptions about IVF

May 02, 2023
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In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a medical marvel that has helped millions of couples worldwide conceive and start families. However, despite its success rate, several myths and misconceptions surround this assisted reproductive technology. Some of these myths may deter couples from seeking IVF procedures or make them hesitant to undergo the process. This blog will debunk some of the most common IVF myths and help you better understand this life-changing treatment. So, let’s understand and separate fact from fiction regarding IVF.

The Truth About The Common Myths And Misconceptions About IVF

Here are some common myths and misconceptions about IVF and its truth:

Myth: IVF is only for married couples

IVF is a medical treatment plan that is not only for married couples but also for many other individuals that are wanting to become parents. This treatment plan can also be used for adults to become single parents or for parents who are opting for surrogacy.

In this process, the egg is fused outside the female’s body and thus can help create a baby without the involvement and need for intercourse. Thus, adult and married couples can also opt for the IVF procedure.

Myth: Babies produced by IVF are less competent

During the IVF procedure, male and female gametes fusion in a test tube, unlike natural pregnancy, where it happens within the female’s body. This is the main reason it is also known as the test tube treatment. However, no evidence supports the myth that these babies are any different from those convinced via the natural process.

Myth: IVF is done only because the female has a problem conceiving

The IVF procedure can be done due to several reasons. However, it is not true that it happens only because the female cannot conceive. There are several situations where the female is perfectly healthy and fertile. However, the issue lies with the male. It is highly important to get a male fertility test before beginning the IVF procedure to understand the exact issue if the couple has a complaint of infertility. The doctor needs to know the main cause of infertility before beginning the treatment.

Myth: IVF procedure is not possible for same-sex couples

The IVF treatment plan is also possible for same-sex couples with the help of a donor cell. For instance, if the couple is of females, then a male donor cell, the sperm, can be used, and the embryo can be imparted into the female. Since fertilisation occurs outside the female’s body, there is no need for any sexual activity between the male and female. For male same-sex couples, the IVF procedure is also possible in the same manner. However, there is a need for a surrogate mother, as the embryo needs a female body to grow into a baby.

Myth: There is no age restriction

For most males, healthy sperm production continues for their entire life. However, it may not be true for all males. Regarding the female, the IVF procedure can only be done until the female produces healthy and viable eggs. As the viability of eggs may decrease with age, many young females may also consider freezing their eggs at a healthier stage and opt for the test tube baby treatment at a later stage in their life. However, this, too, cannot be done after menopause. This is because, after menopause, the female’s body stops producing the endometrial lining, which is important for implantation and the embryo’s growth into a baby.

Myth: IVF procedure always causes multiple pregnancies

During the IVF procedure, the doctors transfer one or more healthy embryos inside the female’s body after fertilising and developing embryos. As there is no guarantee that the transferred embryo will get implanted and result in pregnancy, the doctor selects to transfer more than one healthy embryo. The chances of implantation into the female’s body increase with multiple embryos. However, it is also possible that more than one of these embryos gets implanted. This may cause multiple pregnancies, such as twins, triplets, or quadruplets.

Myth: IVF guarantees pregnancy

There is no guarantee for pregnancy in case of an IVF. Irrespective of the precautions taken and the quality of technology used, it is still possible for the female to miss the pregnancy or have a miscarriage. This depends on many factors, such as hormones, age, and aftercare.

However, you must check out the fertility clinic’s success rate and improve the chances of getting pregnant with this treatment.

Conclusion:

IVF procedure is a highly effective option for couples struggling with infertility. However, many myths and misconceptions surrounding the process can cause unnecessary fear and anxiety. Researching and talking to a reputable fertility specialist is important to get accurate information about IVF. Don’t let misconceptions hold you back from exploring this life-changing treatment. With advancements in technology and medical research, IVF has become a more accessible and successful option for couples hoping to start a family. Don’t hesitate to contact a trusted fertility clinic like Nandi IVF to learn more about your options. 

Sr. IVF Specialist & Medical Director at NANDI IVF
Dr. Payal Bajaj is an experienced Obstetrician & Gynecologist with over 20 years of experience in the discipline. She is a Reproductive Endocrinologist & Infertility Specialist. She has Done MBBS From the Renowned Lady Hardinge Medical College. DGO from the prestigious VMMC & Safdarjang Hospital, DMAS From World Laparoscopy Hospital.

She has Completed Her esteemed ASPIRE -ISAR Fellowship in the field of Reproductive Medicine from AFGC, Delhi And St' Mother's Hospital Japan.She has also been trained from the University of KEIL Germany. She has won various academic awards all through her academic career.
Dr. Payal Bajaj

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