When couples are told that they are infertile and may not be able to conceive naturally, it can be devastating news for them. They feel that their world is breaking apart. Infertility also causes couples to seperate as they are unable to deal with the stress. However, when nature fails them, in vitro fertilization is the gift of science to infertile couples. Today, science has advanced to a point where parenthood is no longer an impossible dream.
IVF is undoubtedly an effective assisted reproductive technologt. This technique can be used to treat a wide range of fertility problems.
Will I Have a Healthy Baby?
The baby born from IVF is as healthy as a baby born from a natural conception. However, not all women may be able to successfully conceive via an IVF treatment. Age and the cause of infertility are two key factors that affect the success potential of the treatment. As the age of the woman advances, the likelihood of success decreases. Women above the age of 40 have reduced chances of success. This is because the quality of eggs is a huge determinant in the success of the treatment.
Are There Any Risks?
The biggest risk in IVF treatments is that of over stimulating the ovaries, leading to OHSS or ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Transferring multiple embryos to increase the chances of success may also increase the risk of multiple pregnancies.
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When nature fails couples who have been declared infertile, they can resort to IVF which is science's answer to the distressing problem of infertility.