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Your Guide to IVF: Is it Right For You?

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is the process of removing eggs from a woman’s uterus, taking sperm from a male partner or donor, fertilizing the eggs, and then implant the fertilized egg back into the uterus.

April 23, 2020
Sara Nuss

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is the process of removing eggs from a woman’s uterus, taking sperm from a male partner or donor, fertilizing the eggs, and then implant the fertilized egg back into the uterus. While many people believe that this is the only step to improve a woman’s chances at getting pregnant, there are many other steps, and even precautions you should take if you wish you go down the IVF path. Here is the guide to helping you choose if IVF is right for you.

This article covers:

  • What is IVF?
  • What are the concerns over mis-sold IVF treatments?
  • What should you consider before choosing IVF?

What is IVF?

IVF is an expensive fertility treatment that consists of removing eggs from a woman’s uterus and injecting them with sperm to fertilize the egg, to then be implanted back into the uterus. Pregnancy happens if the embryos are able to implant in the lining of a woman’s uterus. Even though this sounds like an easy one-step procedure, there are many other steps to take in the IVF process.

IVF is an expensive fertility treatment, but it is the most effective treatment with high pregnancy success rates.

One of the first steps in the IVF process is taking many different medications for several months to help your ovaries produce mature eggs that will be ready to be removed for sperm to fertilize. Doctors then remove your eggs, and three to five days later, an embryo transfer is done to put the embryos in your uterus to hopefully attach to the lining of the uterus, helping a woman to become pregnant. IVF treatments can be done at your doctor’s office, or an IVF clinic.

What Are the Concerns Over Mis-Sold IVF Treatments?

There have been rising concerns from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over women being mis-sold or misled with IVF treatments in clinics. From this issue, the CMA has found that many IVF clinics have been misleading their patients with extra “add-on” treatments, which can cost upwards of $2,700 and have shown misrepresentations in pregnancy success rates.

The CMA is working on new guidance to ensure that all IVF clinics are giving their patients all of the correct information to IVF to ensure that the woman is making a well educated decision when it comes to their choice about the treatment. The new guidance will include the correct prices of IVF, showing the accurate success rates of IVF treatments, and including the terms and conditions of the process.

What You Should Consider Before Choosing IVF?

When deciding if IVF is right for you, there are many factors to consider. For example, IVF is very time consuming and can take up to one to two months depending on how your body adjusts to the medications you have to take throughout the process. The other important factor to know is that it can take more than one cycle of IVF to become pregnant. Even though it is the most effective fertility treatment, it can fail and you may have to go through the cycle all over again.

IVF can be time consuming and take a toll on your body and relationship, so it is important to make a decision based on what is right for you.

Other factors to consider is that IVF can make you very moody with an influx of hormones with the different medications and shots that you have to take. IVF shots can make you feel like you’re having normal PMS symptoms, such as breast tenderness and abdominal bloating. IVF treatments can also be very stressful and even take a toll on your relationship because of the impact of fertility on couples. Overall, there are many different things to consider when it comes to IVF. Discuss with your partner and your doctor if IVF is right for you.

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