For many couples that are struggling in their journey to expand or start their families, the idea of In Vitro Fertilization better known as IVF will come up. There are a lot of misconceptions about it floating around on blogs and in the media, however. Today, we’ll break down some of those misconceptions, and hopefully answer many of the questions you may have about IVF.
A generation or two ago, a visit to a fertility specialist meant a long wait, plenty of uncertainty, and no guarantees. Today’s infertility solutions are better than ever. While in vitro fertilization (IVF) revolutionized fertility medicine, it’s far from the only option. In fact, many couples and individuals are surprised to learn that, even with serious or unexplained fertility issues, IVF is far from the only option. In a consultation with a fertility expert who understands your needs and values, you can choose from many options. IVF is not the only solution, and you may be surprised to learn how affordable infertility treatment is.
Everyone knows they should make a doctors appointment after discovering they are pregnant, but did you know it is also recommended to go to an obstetrician before you even try to achieve pregnancy? This has not always been standard practice, but as more women find themselves having trouble conceiving or become pregnant to only experiences issues, it makes sense that they should check in with the state of their fertility in advance.
A miscarriage can feel profoundly isolating. You spent days, weeks, or even months getting excited to tell everyone about your pregnancy. Instead, all you’re dealing with is dashed hopes. And if you’re like many people who experience a miscarriage, you might opt to keep it private. That means you’ll have little support, and may even have to continue dealing with intrusive questions about when you intend to have a baby.
Speaking with your partner about infertility is, no doubt, a sensitive topic. A really difficult part of it is that infertility could exist within either one of you, or even both of you.
Once you have decided to start a family it’s crushing when it becomes difficult. This is your time, and we get that. You are ready to have a child and you want to do everything you can to make it happen. It is not abnormal to have difficulty conceiving. According to The Mayo Clinic, 10-15% of couples in the US are infertile. There are many reasons a woman could be struggling. If you are wondering whether or not you are one of these women, consider if the following conditions might have some relation to you.
You tried and tried, and finally achieved what you’ve been working towards and hoping for. A positive pregnancy test. You go to the doctor overjoyed, but cautious. You want to be sure this is really happening. Just one little problem. You’re not actually pregnant. What really happened was you had a false positive pregnancy test.
Many people do not expect that they are infertile until they want to get pregnant. Once this discovery is made, a whole new world of learning and decision making is revealed. Most couples are tentative about infertility treatment because of the money factor and they have a hard time believing they cannot accomplish pregnancy themselves.
Whether it’s your first intrauterine insemination (IUI) or your fifth, the prospect of a successful pregnancy can be exciting -- and a little terrifying, too. Success rates vary from person to person, but overall, a few IUI cycles can offer a very high chance of pregnancy -- particularly for couples with unexplained infertility. So what can you expect after IUI? Here’s what you need to know.
Our modern society has become progressive in so many ways, but one area in which we could still use more work is the way in which we discuss infertility. For so many, “infertility” remains a dirty word, something that shall never be uttered let alone addressed head-on.