If you are faced with infertility, you may be wondering if IVF is right for you. Below we have identified 10 common questions about IVF (that we often hear from patients) and their answer.
1.IVF cannot be done without drugs
MYTH. And of course there is the possibility of a woman undergoing IVF without the use of drugs to stimulate her ovaries. This is the so-called “IVF”, in which the development of the single follicle and endometrium is checked with regular ultrasounds and hormonal tests. Due to the high rate of premature and unpredictable ovulation resulting in non-egg retrieval, the procedure is often replaced by the “modified natural cycle” method. In the last few days, a competitor and a small dose of gonadotropins have been added to the modified natural cycle, in order to avoid the loss of the egg, due to premature ovulation. Among the advantages of IVF in the natural cycle, are in addition to the lack of pharmaceutical stimulation of the ovaries – when this is not recommended – its short duration, the lowest cost and probably the best susceptibility to endometrium. Its disadvantages are that the one and only egg that will be taken should be of good quality, chromosomally normal, with good dynamics, able to be implanted in the uterus and give pregnancy. If it is not of good quality the process should be repeated from the beginning. This is why her success rates are much lower than those of IVF-stimulated IVF. Out-of-body IVF is best indicated when there is a low response of the ovaries to stimulant drugs, multiple failed attempts, a desire to avoid drugs, and some extremely rare cases of contraindications to drug stimulation.
2.IVF never succeeds with the first attempt
MYTH. The success of IVF depends to a large extent on the proper and complete investigation of the couple’s infertility by the doctor to identify the causes that cause it, whether it is due to one or both partners. If the problems are treated, both the appropriate treatment and the appropriate extracorporeal method will be recommended. Indeed, a large percentage of couples – over 50% – will get pregnant on the first try. In any case, we at Medimall IVF Clinic can guarantee pregnancy by completing three (3) attempts, depending on the case and the conditions it meets.
3. The drugs of IVF can cause cancer
MYTH. For almost 40 years, IVF drugs have not been found in any scientific study, correlation with gynecological cancer (breast, uterine or ovarian). These drugs replace the hormones normally produced by the female body in a slightly higher dose and are given for a short period of 10-12 days. Also, the doctor suggests taking them after specific examinations and having the personal, family and hereditary medical history of the woman, in order to avoid the slightest risk to her health.
4.The IVF process is painful
MYTH. With the advancement of science and assisted reproduction, the IVF process is friendly and short. For about 2 weeks, it is part of a woman’s daily routine and does not require a work permit or abstinence.
5. Children born via IVF may face higher health risks
MYTH. With more than 7 million children born to date worldwide with the help of IVF, it has been confirmed that both the physical and mental and emotional health of these children is not inferior to that of children arrested with natural way. In fact, due to the necessary health checks on both parents in the context of the IVF procedure, diseases have been predicted that with the natural conception, may have gone unnoticed.
6. IVF increase your chances of having twins or multiple pregnancies
MYTH. In the early years doctors chose to implant more embryos to increase the chances of pregnancy. This inevitably resulted in twin and multiple pregnancies. With the development of genetic biology methods, better quality embryos are now being created in the laboratory and among them are selected and implanted the ones that have the highest chances of leading to a successful pregnancy. The number of these embryos can be 1 or 2, according to the legislation in force in recent years in our country.
7.IVF drugs can cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
MYTH. This can only happen if they are not used individually and without the required tests. At Medimall IVF Clinic we create personalized protocols, evaluating the personal, family and hereditary medicine of each woman, as well as the necessary results of the special examinations dictated by proper personalization.
8. A pregnancy after IVF has more complications than physical conception
MYTH. This does not apply to women who are only one fetus pregnant and are under 40 years of age. Since we have twin pregnancies either by IVF or by natural conception, then we are talking about a high-risk pregnancy anyway. The same, of course, applies to pregnancies in women over the age of 40, whether they are extracorporeal or not, and may present with gestational diabetes or hypertension. No matter how the arrest is made -with or without IVF-, any high-risk pregnancy needs close monitoring by the gynecologist and at the same time, proper and timely information on any discomfort or symptom.
9. There is a limit to the number of IVF
MYTH. Although scientifically and legally there is no limit to the number of IVFs a woman can do, if no pregnancy has been achieved after 2-3 attempts, the condition should be reassessed. This is because it may be due to factors that may have been ruled out but have now become active or even have a case of unexplained infertility. There, the doctor selects a different form of IVF (sperm donation, egg donation, etc.) or suggests IVF in a natural cycle so that the woman’s body is not burdened by multiple medications. After all, IVF in a natural cycle is a process that can be repeated without any effort.
10.The psychological factor is very important in the success of IVF
TRUTH. It is perfectly normal to have anxiety, worry and psychological stress when there is anxiety about the outcome, when expectations are created that may not be met. That is why it is very important to have trust between the doctor and the medical staff of the clinic who choose a couple or a woman to perform his / her IVF. At Medimall IVF Clinic we have deep knowledge and experience in assisted reproduction methods, which gives us a lead in the success rates of our cases and positive psychology in couples who come to us. We are absolutely honest in informing them of the chances they have of having children and suggest the best possible and personalized solutions to make their dream come true. Knowing the possibilities and opportunities offered to them, they have less stress and are optimistic that with our contribution they can do it.