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Couples that have trouble conceiving will vouch for the fact that infertility treatments can be really nerve wracking. Finding out that you are infertile, and will not be able to conceive naturally can be earth shattering. When you add to it the emotional roller coaster of fertility treatments, it becomes an absolute mess. This is one of the reasons that couples going through fertility treatments experience a lot of stress and may even go into depression.

Pregnancy by IVF- An Achievable Dream

Most men and women who plan to start their family, would never even imagine having to go through all kinds of fertility tests and treatments. However, as things stand, infertility is more common than it was ever before, and IVF pregnancies have become increasingly common.

In fact, with the improved technology and treatments, when women are in their fertile years,  the success rates for IVF are as high as 50%. Often, the first cycle may not work for you. However, experts suggest undergoing at least three cycles to maximize your chances. Still, since the financial cost of a pregnancy by IVF is rather huge, a lot of couples may decide to end their treatment after the first cycle itself.

A lot of women, however, get pregnant after their second or third cycle. Again, since this is a decision that would affect you physically, emotionally and financially, it is better if you take your time and weigh all your options. During this time, you can also choose to take a second opinion.

Read- IVF Pregnancy vs Natural Pregnancy

IVF Success

Since the success of the IVF treatment cycle largely depends on the quality of eggs, the egg retrieval procedure is very important. For that to happen though, the woman has to take medications. These medicines boost the egg production in the woman, so that multiple eggs can be harvested in a single cycle. The more the mature eggs harvested, the greater is the likelihood of success.

Usually, a number of embryos are transferred to the woman's uterus to increase the likelihood of implantation of at least one. In turn, this may cause multiple pregnancies too.

The Right Choice

Once you get pregnant, an IVF pregnancy is biologically exactly the same as a bedroom pregnancy. However, it takes a lot more effort to get it started !

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A pregnancy by IVF can be really difficult to achieve, but when you do achieve it, it becomes all the more precious because of the effort that goes into achieving it.

Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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