IVF is a very popular assisted reproductive technique(ART) and is more successful than intrauterine insemination or IUI.
In this reproductive process, any kind of infertility problem can be solved for both male and female factors.
In vitro fertilization is the process of stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple eggs at once, receiving them from the mother, fertilizing them in-vitro (in the laboratory) with the father’s sperm, and implanting the resulting embryo into the mother’s or surrogate’s womb.
Unlike IUI, which mainly relies on the natural process of ovulation and conception, IVF can deal with a number of issues including genetic screening of sperm and embryos.
Why and When Should You Consider IVF?
In Vitro Fertilization can solve all the following issues:-
- mother’s advanced age
- blocked fallopian tubes
- uterine fibroids
- unexplained infertility
- pelvic inflammatory disease
- poor sperm quality
- ovulation disorder
When Should You Consider IVF?
Is it too early or late? What is the right age and stage to go for IVF?
- Well when you have tried less invasive therapies and treatments and they have been unsuccessful, then IVF is the best choice for you.
- When you are being treated for a serious illness and want to preserve your fertility.
- When you don’t want to waste your valuable time trying treatments that might not work
When Should You Consider IVF?
You should consider a test tube baby because it involves fertility treatments that treat problems in both the woman’s egg, uterus, and the man’s sperm.
If IVF can be performed once, it can assist to make future pregnancies less invasive and conception becomes much easier and fast.
This is because you can protect extra embryos from in vitro fertilization and use them for planning your next baby.
Advantages and Disadvantages of IVF
The success rate of IVF is very high as compared to IUI(intrauterine insemination) or other fertility treatments.
This treatment offers solutions to a wide range of issues related to infertility and also provides the option of genetic testing of the fetus.
The IVF procedure can avoid multiple births with the transfer of a single embryo.
Also, in the long run, this is a very quick way to get pregnant as it involves no waiting period.
Moreover, there is a benefit to planning for multiple pregnancies. For Couples who want more babies after the first test-tube baby, IVF has the benefit of freezing unused embryos.
Frozen embryos can be stored and preserved for future pregnancies and have more children.
You may find it a disadvantage as it requires commitment from both parents.
Whereas IUI requires only minimal ovarian stimulation, a small amount of monitoring, and an in-office procedure of conception.
On the other hand, IVF requires very strong stimulation to the ovaries through fertility drugs, daily monitoring, egg procurement process using mild anesthesia, fertilization of the egg in the embryology laboratory, and transfer to the uterus.
There is also a synchronous process of handling extra embryos.
However, all the procedures of the treatment provided are taken care of by the doctor and their team members.
Infertility Treatment expert Dr. Shivani Bhutani likes to ensure that there is no burden or stress on parents for any of the techniques involved. She personally manages and monitors the whole process.
What Decisions Do You Need to Make?
After consulting with your infertility specialist, as a couple, you will decide if you want to try IVF or not.
Factors you need to consider are age, fertility assessment, and family history.
If the problems are not in your favor, you may want to consider using a donor egg or sperm.
Surrogacy is also an option for which you can go. Infertility hospitals like EVA help you achieve all of this, including arranging a surrogate if you don’t have one.
The doctor will help you decide if you should take:
- Types of treatment cycles
- Pre-treatment genetic testing of mother and father
- Number of embryos to be implanted – multiple births
- Should you freeze any embryos
When Should You Opt for IVF Straight Away?
Couples can go directly for IVF when the chances of pregnancy are low with IUI but relatively high with IVF.
Furthermore, for women who have passed a high reproductive age, or have decreased ovarian reserve, needing genetic testing or a surrogate, it is a good idea to go straight to IVF.
Every patient should decide on IVF in consultation with their infertility specialist. An experienced doctor and an established clinic can arrange all kinds of treatment.