Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Will IVF give me twins?

One of the concerns which lots of people have is that the risk of a twin or triplet pregnancy is increased after IVF.
This can be a cause for worry because lots of people are anxious about their ability to be able to bring up two babies at a time.
It's not just the financial expense that bringing up two babies causes - it's also the social burden, as well as the increased risk of medical problems with twins .
In the past, it is true that this risk was increased, because lots of doctors would transfer more than one embryo . Sadly, many doctors continue to do this in order to inflate their pregnancy rates, and this is what causes twins or triplets after IVF .
This is an iatrogenic complication , because these doctors aren't confident about their skills.
Good IVF clinics will only transfer one embryo at a time, and this should be a top quality blastocyst.
This means their patients will have only a singleton pregnancy, and their chances of having a twin or a triplet pregnancy is not increased.
If you want to remain in control , please tell your doctor that you do not want a twin pregnancy, and want him to transfer only a single embryo.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

What is the cost of an IVF cycle?

This is a common question which patients ask, but it's actually a poorly framed question, because what they should be asking is, "What is the cost of getting an IVF baby?" 
After all, the only reason you do IVF is because you want to get a baby, so this is the only outcome which is meaningful !
Now, both these questions are hard to answer. 
It's much easier to answer how much money you're going to spend on an IVF cycle, because you know what the doctor charges, and how much the medications will cost you. 
However, you don't know which attempt will result in a baby, which means it can be very hard to calculate how much you will end up spending in your quest for a baby !
This is why it's equally important to understand what the success rates of the IVF clinic are, and more importantly, how those figures apply to you as an individual.
Therefore, you need to think in terms of the cost per baby, rather than the cost per individual cycle, because that's the only number which is useful for you !
Thus , if one clinic charges Rs 2 lakhs, you might think that's a bargain as compared to a clinic which charges Rs 3 lakhs. However, if the pregnancy rate of the more expensive clinic is double that of the cheaper one, this means they actually provide far better value for money !

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Sunday, June 09, 2019

Will IVF be painful?


This is one of the commonest concerns patients have about IVF .
They've heard so many horror stories about all the injections which IVF patients need to take, and injections are naturally associated with pain.
However, the modern hormonal injections which we use for IVF aren't painful at all , because we usually give them subcutaneously , and patients can easily learn to administer these themselves.
So why do IVF injections have such a bad reputation. This is because some doctors continue to give oily, painful progesterone injections after the transfer to provide luteal phase support. This used to be routine in the past, but most modern IVF clinic give the progesterone today in the form of suppositories.
This means there should be no pain at all in an IVF cycle, which is why it's easy to repeat this . If your doctor is causing you pain , he's obviously doing something wrong !
Yes, the pain can be emotional when the IVF cycle fails, but when the cycle works, it's worth bearing all the discomfort which it can cause.

And the pain can be financial as well, because the treatment is so expensive - but a baby can be priceless !

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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Does IVF cause cancer?

This is one of the common concerns which IVF patients have, because they know that hormones are responsible for increasing the risk for cancers such as breast cancer and ovarian cancer. 

Since the IVF doctor is pumping your body full of all these reproductive hormones to help you to grow lots of eggs, won't IVF patients be at increased risk for these cancers later on ?

Is it worth taking this risk just in order to have a baby?

This is a very valid concern, but you need to remember that the hormones we use in IVF are natural hormones. They all get excreted promptly after the cycle is over , so they don't hang around in your body to cause any mischief.

Now it is true that some women who do IVF will get breast cancer later on in their life,  simply because breast cancer is so common - about 15% of all women will get breast cancer.

However, it's not that they got breast cancer because they did IVF -  they would have got breast cancer whether they'd done the IVF or not !

However, when someone gets get breast cancer after doing IVF , they always blame the IVF cycle for the cancer !

This is a misconception, and if it were in fact true, you would start seeing an epidemic of cancer, because so many IVF cycles are being done.

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Friday, June 07, 2019

Will IVF make me put on weight ?

One of the common myths which clouds IVF is that patients will put on weight after doing an IVF cycle.
This seems quite intuitive.
After all, aren't we pumping the body full of all hormones when doing IVF ? And don't hormones make women fat?
And everyone knows women  who've done IVF , and then put on weight , who blame the IVF cycle for their weight gain.
The truth is that you only put on weight when caloric intake is more than caloric expenditure , and IVF does not affect either of these two sides of the equation.
The fact is that when patients do IVF, they often put themselves on bed rest, and this reduces their caloric burn. Also, if the cycle fails, they're often depressed, as result of which, they eat more , because food provides comfort.
It's this imbalance between caloric intake and caloric expenditure which causes them to put on weight !
They're quite happy to blame the hormones, but the reality is these are natural hormones which are excreted promptly after the IVF cycle is over. They will not cause you to put on weight, so you can get rid of this misconception straight away !
Yes, it's true that the high levels of estrogen during the IVF cycle may cause fluid retention, but please remember that this is temporary !

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Will IVF affect my future reproductive cycles?

One of the biggest concerns patients have with IVF is that when IVF doctors make them grow so many eggs during the IVF cycle, that this will affect the remaining eggs in their ovary .
They are worried that if they're left with fewer eggs, because the doctor has taken so many out, they will reach menopause more quickly , because their ovarian reserve has been reduced.
This is not true.
Remember that you start to produce about 40 follicles in every menstrual cycle. Of these , 39 will die naturally in the bedroom every month, whether or not you do anything. This is a natural process , called follicle atresia, and it's because of this that women become menopausal - they gradually run out of follicles during their lifetime.
 IVF does not affect this process, because the hormones used in IVF only allow us to save the follicles which were otherwise doomed to die anyway.
This is why IVF will not affect your future fertility or your ovarian reserve, so this is not something you need to worry about at all.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

How do I find an IVF clinic near me?

Many patients will do a Google search for " IVF clinic near me" , when they are looking for an IVF doctor.
Actually , this is a very poor quality search, and if you ask poor quality questions, you will get bad answers !
IVF is an expensive treatment , which requires a lot of expertise, which is why it's not a good idea to go to the clinic which is the nearest to you , or the one which is the cheapest , because so much depends on your choosing the right clinic !
You don't just want to save money by pinching a few pennies - you want a baby !
Many nearby clinics may not have the required expertise to do IVF properly. Other may cut corners to reduce costs, and this can be extremely harmful to you.
The important thing is to go to an IVF clinic which inspires confidence in you !
The best way of doing this is to find a clinic which is transparent; spends time educating you to make sure that you have realistic expectations; and does only blastocyst transfers. Good clinics provide photos of your embryos routinely to you when transferring them , so you have tangible proof that you're getting the best quality medical care !

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Why IVF embryos don't fall out after the transfer.

One of the biggest worries IVF patients have is that the embryos which are transferred into their uterus artificially after an embryo transfer will fall out , in case they cough , or sneeze or strain or lift weights.
This is a myth.
Remember that once an embryo is inside the uterus , it's safe ! It's like a pearl in an oyster , and the embryo really doesn't care how it got into the uterus - whether it spends five days in the IVF clinic's test tube, or five days in your fallopian tube.
Once it's in the uterus , it's in its natural environment, just like any other natural pregnancy.
Please remember that embryos cannot get dislodged by any physical activity or diet .
After all, fertile women don't do anything special after having baby making sex, and they have babies all the time !
The uterine cavity is a potential space, and once the embryo is safely inside the uterine cavity, you don't need to worry about it.
The process of embryo implantation is a biological variable which we can't control, and it's not influenced - either for the better or for the worse - by anything you do !
Your embryo is safe in nature's hands, and all you can do is hope, pray and wait !

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Monday, June 03, 2019

Are IVF pregnancies different?

This is a big worry for many infertile couples.
Many of them believe that IVF is an artificial process , because we are making babies in the laboratory.
However, the truth is that there is nothing artificial about IVF - it's assisted reproductive technology ! All we are doing in the lab is what is not normally happening in the bedroom for those couples who are unfortunate to be infertile.
We're using normal eggs and normal sperms, and the babies which are born are completely normal.
Yes, it's true that the pregnancy is much more ' precious " for these patients, but then every pregnancy is precious for every mother !
Sadly, the number of caesarean sections which are done for IVF pregnancies is unnecessarily high.
The biggest medical problems arise when doctors transfer too many embryos , and patients end up with a multiple pregnancy.

This needlessly increases the risk of prematurity , which is why the risk of birth complications increases. However, this is an iatrogenic complication, which can be avoided by transferring only one embryo !

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Sunday, June 02, 2019

Are IVF babies cleverer ?

People sometimes believe that IVF babies are smarter than normal babies. Since the doctor is choosing the best eggs and the best sperms , and transferring the best embryo in the uterus, it's logical to conclude these babies are going to be better !
This is not true. Ultimately, an embryo is an embryo , whether it's made in the bedroom , or in the lab.
However, it is true that IVF babies have a headstart at birth, and are advantaged as  compared to normal babies. This is simply because their parents are so much more involved and engaged in their care.
After all, when you spend so much time, money, and energy on getting pregnant, you're going to lavish a huge amount of love and care on the child , which is why these children perform much better than ' normal " children.

This is because of the extraordinary parental love and attention they get ,and not because of anything special which we do in the IVF laboratory - though we're always happy to take the credit for our special kids being outstanding ! 

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Saturday, June 01, 2019

How do I cope with IVF failure ?

While a patient can still manage her own heartache, the trouble is that she always feels she's let everyone else down  and all the money, time, and energy which was spent on the expensive treatment has gone down the drain.
This is why it's so important that patients have realistic expectations before starting IVF treatment.
The truth is that most IVF cycles are going to fail, and this is just the way human reproductive biology is designed.  Since most natural attempts at getting pregnant fail in the bedroom, why should IVF be any different?
The problem is that patients pin all their hopes and dreams on a single cycle, and when this doesn't work, they find it very hard to bounce back.
This is why you need to remember that IVF will often require more than one attempt and patients should think in terms of cumulative conception rates over three or four cycles, rather than just a single cycle.
Otherwise the danger is that they may give up too soon, just because one cycle has failed, and they will lose their best chance of being able to have a baby. This is actually what the real tragedy would be!

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