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If you cannot make a baby in your bedroom, the IVF lab offers you your best option. You need to factor in variables like time, efficiency, expense, and hassle factorso that you can choose what works best for you.
All infertile couples know that IVF offers them the best chance at having a baby. However, many still find it hard to understand why the pregnancy rate with IVF is not 100% ! " Doctor, you are actually making the embryos in the lab and then putting them in my uterus. My uterus is perfectly fine , so why is the IVF success rate only 45% per cycle ? "
How does IVF help to improve reproductive efficiency?
Embryos aren't babies
However , while we are very good at making embryos in the IVF lab, the fact is that an embryo is not a baby! Once we transfer the embryos back into the uterus, you still have to overcome the biological enigma of implantation. This is a biological process which is inefficient, and we cannot regulate this !
While this is very frustrating ( for both patient and doctor), our inability to do so is not very surprising. After all, how do we follow the fate of a microscopic ball of cells once we transfer this into the uterus ? We do know that most embryos do not become babies, because even perfect looking embryos have genetic defects .
A defense mechanism
In fact, failed implantation is actually Nature's defense mechanism, to prevent the birth of an abnormal baby. While these defects are often random, they are commoner in older women. This is because the eggs of older women have more genetically abnormalities, because they have "aged".
Making babies is much more fun in the bedroom. However, if you find that it's no longer fun - and that sex has now become a baby-making chore, you might want to seek assistance and consider treatment !
As with everything in life, the clinic vs bedroom option does represent a dilemma - and you need to factor in the variables ( time; efficiency; expense; hassle factor) involved, so you can choose what works best for you !
Having realistic expectations
IVF is much more costly - but it's also much more efficient ! And while it's true that treatment is expensive, a baby is priceless !
The important thing is to continue to have realistic expectations, so that no matter what the outcome , you have control over the process, and thus achieve peace of mind you did your best ! What more can a human being ask for ?