Saturday, October 09, 2010

Fear of IVF

Many infertile couples are afraid of doing IVF. For some of them, the fear is so overwhelming, that they refuse to even consider this option, thus depriving themselves of their best chance of having a baby !

There are many reasons for this fear - it can be a long list !

fear of injections
fear of pain
fear of side effects
fear of multiple pregnancies
fear of anesthesia ( once I sleep, will I wake up again ?)
fear of failure
fear of expense

I think it's important for patients to face up to their fears - and the best way of doing this is to reframe your perspective ! Many of these fears are untrue and irrational.

Its true that IVF is expensive; and that the outcome is always uncertain; but the only risk is emotional and financial. There is no medical risk and no pain ; and it's important to explode these myths and misconceptions using information therapy , so you can make a well-informed decision.

I always tell patients - it's possible that the IVF cycle can fail - but in any case, doing IVF will not leave you any worse off than you are now ! And no matter what the outcome, doing IVF in good clinic will give you peace of mind you did your best !
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