IVF is in- vitro fertilization, which is a solution for couples that are having difficulty to conceive to step towards parenthood. If you are facing infertility, you might be wondering if IVF is right for you or if you should explore other infertility solutions.
Along with that there would be questions and concerns arising but you don’t need to worry about them. We have prepared a FAQ list which will help you answer some of the most common questions.
When do you need IVF?
If you are a woman whose fallopian tubes are blocked or missing or man with infertility issues, then you need this process for having a baby.
How to determine if I am a candidate for IVF?
The factors involved in determining if a patient is a candidate for IVF treatment are: low sperm count, endometriosis, issues with fallopian tubes or uterus, ovulation disorder, sperms that are not capable of surviving in cervical mucus or unexplained reproductive issues.
Are IVF injections painful?
In the majority of cases, they are not painful. There is a slight stinging sensation, but it is not something to be bothered about.
When will the egg retrieval be scheduled?
The exact date is known 2 days prior to the procedure. It is estimated to be 12 – 14 days from the start of the IVF cycle.
Is the egg retrieval procedure painful?
No, patients do not feel anything during the procedure because anesthesia is given to them.
What are the chances of pregnancy with frozen embryos?
The chances of success depend on three factors: the quality and survival of frozen embryos, the age of the woman who produced the egg and the status of the uterus to receive the embryos.
What is the age cut-off for doing IVF with your own eggs?
At the majority of places, the age cut-off for doing IVF is 45 years.
Can I exercise when I am undergoing IVF treatment?
Yes, you can exercise but make sure you avoid straining exercises. You should opt for walking, swimming, yoga or cycling. In the beginning of the IVF cycle, you can carry on your normal exercise but once you get closer to the egg retrieval you should decrease the exercise.
Will IVF increases my chances of having twins or triplets?
This is one of a very common question asked by couples. This depends on the number of embryos that are implanted in your uterus. If you transfer multiple embryos into the womb, you can have twins or triplets.
What are the side effects of IVF?
Fertility medications that are given can cause mood swings, hot flashes, headaches, abdominal pain and bloating. In rare cases there can be severe symptoms like nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, decrease in urinary frequency, dizziness, weight gain in 3-5 days, severe stomach pain and bloating.
Potential side effects after having IVF treatment are: passing of the tiny amount of clear or blood coloured fluid, mild bloating and cramps, tender breasts and feeling constipated.