No one ever said that getting pregnant would be easy. For some couples, conceiving a child naturally can be a challenge, leaving them wondering what they can do.
Medical science has come a long way offering several different options including
in vitro fertilization (IVF).
IVF is a method of assisted reproduction that helps couples conceive by fertilizing eggs outside the body and then implanting the embryos into the womb.
While IVF offers many couples the chance to have a child, there are also some pros and cons to consider before making a decision.
What Does IVF Do For You?
IVF is a perfect example of how far we have come in the fight against infertility.
It allows people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have children like the elderly or those with certain conditions such as blocked fallopian tubes, low sperm counts etc., so they can still experience joys like motherhood!
But with anything, there are always some Pros and Cons.
The Pros of In Vitro Fertilization:
1. It has a higher success rate than other fertility treatments: According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the success rate for IVF is about 40% for women under 35.
2. You can choose the gender of your baby: One of the unique aspects of IVF is that you can actually choose the sex of your baby before implantation. This is done by testing the embryos for sex before implantation and only implanting those that are the desired sex.
3.You can have multiple births but there is no guarantee: Because IVF involves implanting multiple embryos, there’s a greater chance of having twins or triplets (or more!) than with other fertility treatments.
4. A lower risk of birth defects: One study found that babies conceived through IVF had a slightly lower risk of certain birth defects than those conceived naturally.
The Cons of In Vitro Fertilization
Along with the potential benefits, there are also some potential risks and drawbacks associated with IVF including:
- It’s expensive: One cycle of IVF can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000—and sometimes even more if there are complications or additional procedures required.
2. It’s time-consuming: The entire IVF process—from initial consultation to implantation—can take several weeks or even months to complete.
3. There’s no guarantee it will work: While IVF does have a high success rate, there’s no guarantee that it will work for every couple who tries it. In fact, about 30% of couples who undergo IVF do not get pregnant as a result—which can be devastating after spending so much time and money on treatment.
4. It comes with potential side effects: The medication used during IVF can cause some unwelcome side effects like bloating, fatigue, mood swings, and headaches. And in rare cases, it can also lead to more serious complications like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which can be life-threatening if left untreated.
The decision to undergo IVF is a deeply personal one, and there are many factors to consider when making that choice.
For some couples, the pros of IVF outweigh the cons, while others may find that other methods of conception are a better fit for their needs.
Ultimately, only you and your partner can decide whether or not IVF is right for you.
Have questions? Feel free to reach out to us for a consultation. We specialize in supporting families through IVF and would love to answer any questions you may have.