Frequently Asked Questions – In Vitro Fertilization
If you are having difficulties conceiving, you are probably considering IVF or In Vitro Fertilization. This assisted reproductive technology is a fertilization process wherein eggs are extracted and manually combined with a retrieved sperm sample in a laboratory dish. The embryo is then transferred to the uterus.
You probably want to know everything you can about this procedure, so we have rounded up some of the most frequently asked questions about IVF for you:
*Are there restrictions on physical activities or lifestyle habits during an IVF cycle?
Yes, there are. Smoking should be stopped at least three months prior to your IVF cycle. Alcohol should also be avoided from the moment your fertility medications are initiated until the pregnancy test. If you are taking any medications, you have to inform us. There are certain medications that may interfere with your fertility meds or even with the ovulation and pregnancy implantation. Strenuous exercises like weight lifting and aerobics are also prohibited while you are having ovarian stimulation and until the pregnancy test.
*What if I don’t produce healthy eggs? What if my husband is sterile?
You can choose to use eggs, sperms, or embryos from a donor. You should speak to an expert from First Steps Fertility to discuss your concerns and inquiries about donors. You have to be informed of all the legal issues associated with gamete donation, like the legal rights of the donor.
*Are there any side effects of In Vitro Fertilization?
Like with any other procedure, there may be some side effects. With IVF, these may include mild cramping and bloating, passing of small amounts of fluid after the procedure, breast tenderness, and constipation. However, if you experience pelvic pain, blood in your urine, or heavy vaginal bleeding, or if you run a fever that is higher than 100.5 °F you should immediately contact your doctor.
*What risks are associated with IVF?
There are potential risks like with most medical procedures. These include nausea, vomiting, breath shortness, faintness, abnormal weight gain in three to five days, and severe bloating and stomach aches are some of the most common.
*How successful is IVF?
There are various factors like reproductive history, causes of infertility, and maternal age that affect the success rate of IVF. You should also understand that pregnancy rates are entirely different from live birth rates.
*How do I choose an infertility clinic?
There are some questions you need to ask regarding the details of fertility programs, including their cost. Of course, you want to do your research to find out the reliability of the center and its reputation.
If you are trying to conceive and looking for some options like IVF, we invite you to check out First Steps Fertility Clinic and the services we offer. We’ll help you from the very first step you’ll take in growing your family!