IVF is a potential solution for those struggling with infertility – but it won’t magically make everything “easy.” To conceive through IVF, some people require multiple treatment cycles and may need to use in vitro fertilization in their mid-30s or even early 40s. Below are some of the things you should be aware of.
1. IVF success will not be immediate
Assuming you already have a determined infertility diagnosis, you should not expect to go through the treatment and instantly conceive. IVF treatments do not work right away; some people undergoing treatment may need to try multiple cycles (or “cycles”) of stimulation, egg retrieval, and embryo transfer to be successful.
2. You will more than likely use more than one embryo
When you have IVF, multiple sources may be transferred into your uterus simultaneously; typically, doctors and patients prefer to share two sources simultaneously for your best chance of success.
3. There are options for freezing and adopting embryos
In addition to freezing embryos for potential later use in a pregnancy, you may be able to donate them to another couple who has been struggling with infertility.
4. IVF may not be that expensive
Most insurance providers cover some or all of the cost of IVF, especially if it is being done to treat infertility due to a general medical condition. However, this coverage does not guarantee success the first time you try. You may need several treatment cycles before you are successful.
5. The decision to have a child or not is not to be taken lightly
Before using it, you should be fully aware of the treatment and its risks. Discussing your options with someone well-versed in IVF procedures would be best.
6. Your chances of success vary by patient and cycle
Like other medical treatments, IVF success rates may vary from one patient to the next and from one cycle to the next.
7. There are many options for different types of treatments
There are many types of IVF treatments, and you can feel free to choose which one you would like to do. If a woman is undergoing IVF to become pregnant with only one embryo, she can have her embryo frozen and stored in case she decides later that she would like another child.
8. You should set yourself up for success
If you are undergoing IVF treatments, try to avoid any unnecessary stress in your life. You should eat healthy and exercise regularly, as both can help increase the chances of becoming pregnant.
9. You may want to consider adoption if IVF is not an option
If IVF is not an option for you, it may be worth researching adoption to prepare you financially and emotionally. [More than just the right here – here is more info] For those who are struggling with infertility, IVF is a potential solution.
If you have gone through several treatments and been unsuccessful, it does not mean you have failed. It may benefit you to see a fertility specialist for a second opinion. Even if you are unsuccessful in your IVF current attempt, there is always a possibility that you will conceive in the future.