Mon, 02 March 2020
IVF Specialist, Dr Ripal Manish Madnani from the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at Bahrain Specialist Hospital, helps to bust some myths about In Vitro Fertilisation.
A couple is said to have “subfertility or infertility” if they have been trying for a baby with unprotected intimacy for a year, and are still unable to conceive. While subfertility is a longer than average delay in conceiving naturally, infertility is the inability to conceive naturally at all, unless with medical intervention. Let’s clear some prevalent myths about subfertility and its treatment.
Myth: Success is sure with IVF.
The success of an IVF treatment can be observed at various stages of the process. But in reality, women under 35 are only 35 to 40 per cent successful in taking a full-term baby home, due to the complicated nature of the treatment.
Myth: Ovarian reserve: The female egg (ovum) can be retrieved at any age / you need not worry about your age; IVF is always a solution.
As you grow older, the ovarian reserve for ovum /ova decreases. So do the chances of getting pregnant, even with IVF.
Myth: Subfertility affects women more than men.
In instances of subfertility, 40 per cent of the cases are due to the issues arising from female factors alone, and this also holds statistically true for men. Around 20 per cent of the time subfertility arises on account of both the man and the woman. This means, both men and woman are at an equal amount of risk when it comes to fertility. Despite normal sexual activity and normal volume of semen production in men, subfertility may arise, due to the quality and transport of sperm.
Myth: Adoption may increase your chances of getting pregnant.
The chances of this happening are exceptionally rare. The logic behind this is that the couple feel they have an increased chance of getting pregnant, as they may be more relaxed after an adoption. This is not always true.
Myth: Most people need an IVF treatment.
Assisted reproduction therapy (ART) encompasses many treatments such as ovulation induction, intra uterine insemination and in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Depending on your factors, an infertility specialist will advise you on the treatment most suited to you.
Myth: Young men and women can’t be infertile.
There are more women struggling with fertility after the age of 35. But almost one in 10 face infertility even before they reach the age of 30.
Myth: IVF frequently leads to multiple pregnancies.
This is partially true, but with the advent of the elective single embryo transfer, chances of this are less.
Myth: Fertility lubricants can help you conceive without fertility treatment.
This seems like an obvious answer to a complex problem, but it is not true.
Myth: If you already have a child, you don’t need to worry about fertility.
The term “secondary infertility” means facing a difficulty in conceiving even though you have already had a baby. Life is dynamic, so is the biology of your body. New medical conditions can give rise to secondary infertility.
Myth: You can simply change your diet and lifestyle to cure infertility.
This helps to some level. Having a healthy diet, nutritious food, a relaxed mind, ideal body weight and avoiding toxic substances, like alcohol and smoking, is always advisable. But it simply won’t translate into success. Even herbal remedies may cause more harm than good.
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