There are lots of myths about IVF. Some of them along with the actual facts are:
Myth 1: IVF is Painful
- Initially, you need to take some injections under the skin, just like insulin. These will cause little discomfort but are not painful.
- The egg collection, called Ovum Pick up, is done, by passing a fine needle through the vagina inside the ovaries, under anesthesia. So, there is no question of pain. In the final step, the embryo transfer is done usually without anesthesia. It may cause a little discomfort but is not painful.
- So, there is nothing painful in the process of IVF
Myth 2: IVF is NOT safe
- Overall IVF is a very safe procedure for most of the women
- The hormonal injections sometimes can cause temporary symptoms like vomiting, bloating and mild cramps
- In very few cases, these hormones can cause excessive stimulation of the ovaries (OHSS- Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome) that, in severe cases can affect lungs, heart, kidney, liver, etc.
- However, in almost all cases, proper monitoring can detect OHSS by the earliest time
- The egg collection (Ovum Pick up) can rarely cause bleeding, infection, organ injury and anesthesia related complications
- There are no long term adverse effects of IVF
Myth 3: IVF Pregnancy means complete bed rest and lots of restrictions
- Scientifically bed rest will not increase the chance of pregnancy or reduce the risk of miscarriage.
- Bed rest will only make you feel psychologically better and you will think you are doing something.
- Many women are taking rest after IVF, simply because of fear for the uncertainties.
- So, bed rest is not necessary.
Myth 4: The babies will not be normal after IVF
- In every pregnancy, there is a small risk of abnormalities of the baby
- The reasons are-genetic problems, some medicines, environmental pollution or infections
- The risk is similar in IVF-Pregnancy
- IVF will NOT increase the risk of abnormalities of the baby
- So, after IVF, the chance of abnormalities DOES NOT increase
Myth 5: IVF cannot be successful after the first attempt
- In any medical procedures, nobody can ensure that the success will be 100% and there will be no complications
- If you take medicines for relieving pain, there is no guarantee that that medicine will act
- The same applies to IVF
- The success depends on the cause of infertility, the age and the duration of infertility
- The internationally accepted statement is that the success rate of IVF is 40-50%
- That means out of 100 women undergoing IVF, 40-50 will conceive after one cycle of IVF