6 Myths and Realities of IVF

Already 5 million babies have been born through the technique of in vitro fertilization or IVF. This technique and many others that are part of the medical technology industry and used in fertility clinics. We will explain some myths and facts about this method of assisted fertilization that has helped many families to have a child.

Anxiety and depression increase infertility

This is a myth. Since several studies have said that stress makes a woman less likely to conceive. The latest research was published in June 2012 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, led by clinical psychologist of the center for human reproduction of San Francisco, University of California, Lauri A. Pasch. She and her colleagues found no difference in the probability of conception among women who had symptoms of depression and anxiety compared to those who were not stressed.

Another UK study examined whether mental health of 339 women who wanted to conceive naturally had something to do with your ability to get pregnant. The result? They found no relationship.

Unable to conceive can cause depression

This is a reality. The psychologist Pasch found in their research that 60 percent of women who failed to conceive after an IVF cycle showed signs of anxiety and 44 percent had clinical depression (compared with 26 percent before treatment). If you take more than a year trying to conceive a baby and notice that you are very sad, discouraged or anxious, please consult your doctor, as there is treatment and need to know you can beat the moment you are living.

IVF is only used for women with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes

This is a myth. In vitro fertilization was used initially for those women whose fallopian tubes were blocked, damaged or missing, but currently its application extends to infertility caused by endometriosis, male factor, causes immunological and unexplained infertility.

Artificial insemination is the same as IVF

This is not true . The artificial insemination is the introduction of semen into the uterus through a special cannula to improve the chances of pregnancy. The FIV , in contrast, is a method of assisted reproduction in which sperm and oocytes are attached outside the body in a laboratory dish. If fertilization occurs, the resulting embryo is transferred into the uterus where it will be implanted alone.

There is a relationship between more birth defects and IVF

Although researchers are not sure why, recent research from Nanjing Medical University Chinese university does indicate a higher incidence of birth defects among babies born through assisted reproduction, either by IVF or ICSI. After evaluating to 124,000 births found that babies conceived through in vitro method were 37% more likely to suffer some kind of birth defect. Experts say that even should investigate further.


If you utilize IVF means you have twins, triplets or more

This is a myth. vitro fertilization is not synonymous with multiple pregnancies. Fact, many doctors are reluctant to transfer more than one embryo for women under 35 years. In many countries even prohibit transfer more than one or two embryos per cycle. There is a greater incidence of multiple pregnancies among those undergoing treatments to stimulate ovulation in combination with artificial insemination between those undergoing IVF.

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