Since the outcome is uncertain, infertile couples are not too comfortable with taking this financial risk. However, couples need to keep in mind that there are times when they cannot afford NOT to do IVF. This particular treatment maximizes an infertile couple’s chances of getting pregnant. Regardless of whether they become pregnant or not, when they attempt an IVF cycle, it gives them peace of mind that they are taking a step in the right direction and that they have given their best shot at trying to have a baby.
The Indelible Scar
If they do not make this attempt, they are sure to rue the decision in the future. It’s true that we rarely regret the things we do, but we tend to regret a number of things we didn’t. There is no refuting the fact that IVF has a financial and emotional risk attached to it, but the latter is something you will eventually be able to get over.
However, when you give IVF a miss, it leaves an indelible scar on your mind. Any money that you end up spending on IVF can be earned at a later point. But choosing not to do IVF when you are young is an irreplaceable opportunity. This is because the chances of getting pregnant via IVF diminish with advancing age, on account of a number of factors.
An Emotional Drain
The truth is that no matter whether you do IVF or not, there is a price to be paid and this cost has an emotional as well as a financial facet attached to it. The financial burden is easy to measure, but the emotional drain becomes very difficult to quantify. Over time, the regret and guilt that you feel for not trying IVF can play havoc with your peace of mind and emotional well being. As John Greenleaf Whittier eloquently put it — 'Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'
A Golden Opportunity
When you reach middle age, the last thing you want to be doing is admonish yourself for having missed a golden opportunity. This regret can be very hard to live with and the burden only gets heavier with the passage of time. The best way to avoid all this mental agony and pain is to opt for IVF when you and your partner are still young and the quality of your eggs and sperm is better.
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