10 IVF myths
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) as an infertility treatment could not but be accompanied by its fair share of myths.The contribution of IVF and generally Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in the rapidly growing field of
medical technologies and healthcare services, available for disease treatment and life quality enhancement, is undoubtedly unique.
There are studies suggesting a higher implantation rate with frozen embryo transfer
However, many people think of IVF as the answer to all infertility problems. Others believe that IVF is a treatment of high cost, affordable only for a small number of people such as business people or movie stars.
Here is a list of most commonly believed IVF myths:
Myth #1: IVF always results in multiple pregnancies like twins or higher-order multiples
FALSE: The risk for a multiple pregnancy can be decreased by reducing the number of embryos transferred, especially in young women.
Myth #2: Patients undertaking an IVF cycle have no control over the outcome of the treatment
FALSE: The success rate of an IVF cycle is highly dependent on a thorough evaluation of the couple and a careful coordination of both a medical and a scientific approach for each couple. There are a number of things IVF specialists have to deal with in order to optimize the chances of a pregnancy such as ovarian stimulation monitoring and timing of oocyte retrieval.
Myth #3: IVF is the answer to all infertility problems
FALSE: Depending on the case of infertility for each patient there are more options for treatment like Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) and ovulation induction (OI) with medications.
Myth #4: IVF is only for wealthy people
FALSE: Though the cost of IVF is not low, it is not less affordable than some major procedures like heart surgery or joint replacement.
Myth #5: IVF increases women’s fertility
FALSE: Technically, IVF does the opposite. The hormones that are taken at the beginning of a cycle are made to stop a woman’s natural fertility process. Then the next round of hormones creates a synthetic cycle for optimizing the chances of pregnancy.
Myth #6: IVF babies have a significantly high risk of birth defects and malformations
FALSE: Even though some evidence seem to indicate that there may be some increased risk for birth defects in babies born through IVF, current studies suggest that the difference in the incidence of birth defects between naturally conceived and IVF babies is not high significant.
Myth #7: IVF requires admission in the hospital
FALSE: It does not require overnight admission. It is an out-patient treatment.
Myth #8: IVF is the last resort for infertile couples
FALSE: IVF is only one of the options available for infertility treatment, but in cases where IVF is not applicable there are other types of Assisted Reproductive Technology that work for patients like egg donor, sperm donor or surrogate.
Myth #9: Insurance covers IVF costs
FALSE: Usually there is no fertility insurance coverage but it is advisable to check with the insurance company before starting an IVF treatment.
Myth #10: IVF is successful in all cases
FALSE: Unfortunately this is not true; IVF is successful in up to 40% of cases. Multiple factors contribute to IVF success rates including the age of the woman.