The truth about IVF: Top myths busted

As a treatment option for infertility, IVF on in-vitro fertilisation is shrouded in myths. While some believe that it is quite unaffordable, others believe that IVF makes you have twins and triplets only. IVF is very different from the myths that surround it. Read on to know more about the myths and truths about IVF. 

Myth 1: IVF is very expensive

A lot of people believe that IVF is only good for the super rich because it is very costly. Sure, IVF can be expensive, but the cost of IVF is nowhere near the figures people imagine. The average cost of IVF can range from Rs. 1,50,000 to Rs. 4,50,000. But then again, this number varies from city to city and clinic to clinic. Often, a clinic charging a higher amount isn’t necessarily the best IVF center. Don’t let cost be the only deciding factor when you choose an IVF center. 

Myth 2: IVF is the only solution to infertility problems

It is a wonderful solution to infertility, yes, but it isn’t the only solution. There are other ways of getting pregnant - Ovulation Induction with medicines and Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)

Myth 3: IVF has a 100% success rate

Not really. Whether or not you will get pregnant depends on a lot of other factors and IVF can be perhaps about 40% successful in getting you pregnant. 

Myth 4: IVF will make you pregnant with twins

The chances of IVF giving you twins can be significantly reduced by introducing fewer embryos during the process of transfer. 

Myth 5: You have to be on bedrest after IVF

There is no reason to put your life on hold after IVF. In fact, doctors say that bed rest after IVF prevents normal fluctuations in heart rate and blood flow, and this may affect the chances of pregnancy. 

Myth 6: IVF requires hospitalisation

While the egg collection process may require being in a hospital for a few hours, the actual process of transferring the embryo doesn’t take very long and you don’t need to be hospitalised at all. 

Myth 7: Only older women can get pregnant through IVF

Younger women having trouble conceiving can also opt for IVF assistance to get pregnant. There are higher numbers of older women who opt for IVF, but it works on younger women just as much. 

Myth 8: IVF babies can have congenital defects

The chances of IVF babies having congenital malformations is only marginally higher than spontaneously conceived babies. But there is no absolute risk of congenital malformations in IVF babies. 

Myth 9: IVF costs will be covered by medical insurance

No, medical insurance companies in India have not agreed to cover IVF in spite of the growing popularity of IVF and the relatively higher outlay in it. But the Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) has tied up with New India Assurance to provide its customers schemes relating to IVF and maternity. 

Myth 10: IVF is dangerous

Provided that you get your IVF from a reputed place, and by an experienced doctor, IVF is not dangerous. Only 1% women may have symptoms of uterine hyperstimulation, but the overwhelming percentage of IVFs are completely safe. 

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