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What is IVF?
In Vitro Fertilization is an extensive procedure used to assist in the conception of a child or prevent genetic problems. This process involves retrieving eggs and manually fertilizing it with sperms in a laboratory. Then the embryo (fertilized egg) is transferred to the uterus. IVF is considered one of the most effective forms of assisted reproductive technology (ART). IVF includes many steps and it takes weeks to complete the entire process. The chances of a woman having a healthy baby through IVF depends on many factors, including her age and the cause of infertility.
When to consider going for an IVF?
IVF is usually administered in cases of infertility for a long period of time. It is advised by the doctors to try out other infertility treatments (artificial insemination, fertility drugs or surgery) first, before going for an IVF.
In vitro fertilization is a considerable option if you or your partner has:
Damage or blockage in the fallopian tube
Uterine fibroids (benign tumors in the wall of uterus)
Ovulation disorders and low sperm count
Sterilization or tubal removal
A risk of passing on a genetic disorder
In Vitro Fertilization Vs. Surrogacy
In vitro fertilization is a process where the egg and the sperm are combined outside the body and the embryo(s) is planted inside the uterus afterwards. Whereas, surrogacy is the process where a woman, also known as the surrogate, carries an embryo in her womb for another couple.
In vitro fertilization is a very long process and has a lot of risks associated with it. Both the procedures require a serious commitment from the part of the couple. Surrogacy involves financial and emotional investment of both the parties (the surrogate and the couple) and therefore they should be sufficiently educated about the details beforehand.
What are the risks associated with IVF?
Multiple births: If more than one embryos are planted in the uterus, it can result in multiple births. Pregnancy with multiple fetuses poses a risk for early labor and low birth weight.
Miscarriage: The risk of miscarriage through IVF is the same as the risk through natural conception, i.e., upto 25%.
Procedural complications: There are many risks associated with the steps throughout the procedure of IVF. The egg retrieval, if done with an aspirating needle, can cause bleeding, infection or damage to the bladder and bowel.
Research suggests that IVF slightly increases the risk of premature delivery and lower than normal birth weight.
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome: It is a condition in which the ovaries become swollen and painful. It is usually caused by the administration of fertility boosting drugs, such as human chorionic gonadotropin.
Your doctor will discuss all the associated risks with IVF, according to your age or any other pre-existing condition and help you make a decision.
Where can I find the best IVF specialist in Mumbai?
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