The idea of IVF has been going around and around in your mind. According to the WebMD, IVF has been carried out in the United States since the year 1981. Between IVF and other techniques that are similar, over 200,000 babies have been born in the US. Unfortunately, it is said that only approximately 5% of couples suffering from infertility ever go for it. If you have chosen to be among those that do go for it, here are 5 things to consider before giving it the nod:
- You want to make sure that you have looked into every other option before going into IVF. It is important to first look into solutions, such as fertility medication, surgical procedures that may include the correction of epididymis or fallopian tubes or intrauterine insemination (IUI). Even though IVF is not seen to be very high risk, this procedure is quite invasive, has a variety of stages and many hurdles to be jumped.
- Likelihood of success. There are several things to be taken into consideration in order to determine your success rate. These include the age of the patient and the fertility issue they are dealing with. Once you have an understanding of this, you will know what to expect.
- The financial aspect of things. IVF is costly and it is important for you to understand the costs before you actually sign up to begin the various procedures necessary. Many times the charges are split into the cost of consultation, screening, diagnostic tests, blood tests, genetic tests, drugs and also the cost of the procedure. The best thing is to ask for a breakdown of the costs so that you know what you will be paying for at what stage of the process. If the clinic you select is far from where you live, factor in the cost of accommodation, travel and food as well.
- Consider what you will do if you find yourself with spare embryos. You may choose to freeze your embryos for use at a later stage. However, for some women this may raise an ethical dilemma. Keep this at the back of your mind as you go through the process so that should you face that situation, you will have an idea of what to do.
- Be prepared both physically and emotionally because this can be a very stressful time in your life. Begin by eating healthy, exercising and restricting your alcohol intake. You should also be open to IVF counseling as you progress since the process can cause both emotional and physical exhaustion. Sometimes you will go through emotional highs and lows as the hormones and the drugs kick in. Additionally, you will have to wait for 2 weeks and that time can be torture as well. Finally, it is possible to find that the cycle yielded a negative result meaning that you aren’t pregnant. This may lead to grief and lots of disappointment. However, should you find yourself pregnant, the ecstasy is incomparable.