Starting a family isn’t easy for everyone. There are individuals who are very fertile and get pregnant right away while others can take years or never successfully carry a pregnancy to term. There are a number of reasons for this including medical histories, age, physical health, emotional health, and lifestyle choices. Fortunately, there are solutions like IVF treatments for women or couples who want to conceive but are unable to do so naturally.
What is IVF?
In vitro fertilization or IVF is a medical process in which the egg is fertilized by the sperm in a lab and placed back into the uterus for increased chances of pregnancy. After meeting with a fertility specialist the female patient is prescribed medication designed to help her produce more eggs during ovulation.
During another scheduled visit once the eggs have matured the doctor will extract the eggs from the ovaries using a sonogram and a specialized needle. The eggs are then combined with collected sperm to accelerate the fertilization process. If embryos are created one of two of them are placed back in the uterus to promote implantation and, hopefully, a successful pregnancy.
How Much Does it Cost?
The IVF process is a complex and multi-step procedure which means it can get pretty costly. There are some insurance providers that will cover a portion of the costs to you. Depending on where you choose to have the treatments done, IVF costs could set you back anywhere from $10,000 – $15,000. This does not include additional attempts, medications, and other medical services you may wish to try.
Who is Most Eligible for IVF?
IVF is an alternative solution for couples with fertility issues that want to get pregnant. Be that as it may, with the many factors that contribute to one’s ability to conceive naturally, there is a chance that IVF won’t work. A fertility specialist is best equipped to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for IVF.
Those who might benefit most are women who have medical conditions like endometriosis have blocked or removed fallopian tubes, or those who struggle with an irregular ovulation cycle. IVF is also ideal for men who want to have children later in life but have a low sperm count as there are options which would only require him to have one healthy sperm to fertilize an egg.
If you are a woman who has a hormonal imbalance, an abnormal uterus, fibroids or is unable to produce healthy eggs, then IVF treatment may not be ideal for you (unless you’re willing to consider an egg donor).
What Are the Risks?
Thanks to modern technology, the IVF process is fairly safe. Keep in mind that it is a medical procedure and therefore, some risks are always present. Some of the more common but less harmful risks include cramping, bleeding, or clotting as a result of the embryo transfer. In some cases, during the procedure, a woman could develop an infection as is the case with any surgery where you’re exposed. It can be treated with antibiotics. While taking fertility medication women may also experience headaches, mood swings, tenderness in the breast, bruising from the shots, and bloating.
There are millions of men and women around the world who desperately want to start a family of their own, but for a number of reasons, have had no success. If you’ve been trying to conceive naturally with no such luck, it would be advisable to seek further advice from a fertility clinic. They can examine you and provide you with several options such as IVF to help boost your chances of having a child.