Infertility had been a mystery subject for a long time. However, technology and science have busted many of the myths and misconceptions about infertility and IVF treatment.
Here are some of the facts and myths relevant to infertility to end the hysteria around the problems associated with the inability to conceive.
MYTH: Infertility is only associated with women and cannot be treated.
FACT: It has been a prolonged notion that infertility occurs only in females. However, now it’s a proven fact that both males and females can be infertile. There are numerous treatments that can help handle this issue such as IUI, IVF treatment.
MYTH: Age has nothing to do with fertility.
FACT: Fertility is affected by age to a much greater extent than that we can comprehend. Around the age of 35 years, the woman’s ovarian reserve begins to decrease, and once she reaches 40, poor quality eggs frequently outnumber healthy eggs. So, her probability of getting pregnant is significantly reduced, and fertility also decreases.
MYTH: Infertility is psychological. Relaxing is sufficient for people to be able to get pregnant.
FACT: Infertility is a medical issue that cannot be resolved merely by relaxing. It needs medical attention and treatments like IVF. Pressure, stress and other emotions may affect fertility but are not a cause of infertility.
MYTH: A woman can be impregnated only once during her cycle.
FACT: The fact is that an egg is viable for 12 to 24 hours after its release. A woman can conceive from engaging in an intercourse five days before and two days post ovulation.
MYTH: If the first pregnancy was smooth and successful the second time will be uncomplicated and quick as well.
FACT: People often feel that there won’t be any complication in getting pregnant for the second time. However, the body undergoes several changes after the first pregnancy. Therefore, the second one can be troublesome, and some couples may even face secondary fertility problems.
MYTH: Adoption may help a couple in getting pregnant.
FACT: There is no scientific evidence to support this myth. The only thing is that for some fortunate couples miracles happen, and stories of such wonders spread across the world quickly and people start believing that adoption will increase their chances to conceive.
MYTH: The frequency of intercourse affects the couple’s fertility.
FACT: Some couples believe that frequent sex will improve their likelihood of conceiving or on the contrary, that the concentration of sperms will be fewer if the man ejaculates frequently. However, it is false and a misleading belief in both the cases.
MYTH: Fertility treatments are too complex.
FACT: Fertility treatments are very safe and efficient procedures, these are not that complex. Even high-complexity treatments such as IVF are done easily to help couples facing issues (damaged Fallopian tubes, low sperm count, etc.) that prevent them from having babies.
MYTH: All IVF treatment clinics have the same success rate and do not make any difference in treatment.
FACT: Even though they might implement similar procedures like IVF, ICSI, etc. but, not all fertility clinics offer the same prospect of success. Factors such as the protocols, the technology used, follow-ups, quality controls, costs, and financing can entirely differ from one to another. Therefore, the outcome is also different.
When choosing a fertility clinic, you must consider the following about the clinic:
- It should provide precise information about your diagnosis and treatment suggested total cost of the treatment.
- The experience, behaviour and level of expertise of the faculty.
- Their past IVF success rates.