IVF: The Art of Making A Baby in A Lab
The term IVF is a familiar one to most of us. To those who may not know, it stands for “in vitro fertilization” and it also commonly known as assisted reproductive technology (ART). It is the process by which a child is conceived outside the body of the mother.
This technology is one the best remedies to infertility and has been in use for over two decades.
However, only recently has it started garnering interest in India. Naturally, there are a lot of questions surrounding IVF. We hope that this post will be able to clear most — if not all — of your doubts about this topic.
- IVF is used to treat infertility among the following:
- Women with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
- Male infertility including decreased sperm count or sperm motility
- Women with ovulation disorders
- Women who have had their fallopian tubes removed
- Individuals with a genetic disorder that inhibits pregnancy/fertility
- Any other unexplained infertility
How is IVF performed?
- There are five basic steps in the IVF and embryo transfer process:
- Monitor and stimulate the development of healthy egg(s) in the ovaries.
- Collect the eggs.
- Secure the sperm.
- Combine the eggs and sperm together in the laboratory and provide the appropriate environment for fertilization and early embryo growth.
- Transfer embryos into the uterus.
Major myths surrounding IVF:
It is not the same as natural pregnancy: IVF only differs from natural pregnancy in the “fertilization” part. The eggs from the mother are fertilized in a lab. The resultant embryos are then transferred to the uterus to initiate a pregnancy. Once that happens, there’s nothing to distinguish between embryos fertilized in the body or in a laboratory.
IVF babies are not as healthy as normal babies: This is one of the biggest misconceptions out there. The health of a baby at birth depends greatly on the type of diet and care the mother receives during her pregnancy. Besides, once the embryo is transferred to the uterus, the pregnancy follows a natural process. There’s no reason to think that the baby’s health will be negatively impacted by IVF.
There are fewer chances of a successful pregnancy with IVF: Yet another false claim. In my experience, I have seen that there’s a higher chance of pregnancy with IVF! In fact, we’ve delivered several twins and triplets as well over the years.
What are the side effects of IVF?
Some side effects after IVF may include:
- Passing a small amount of fluid after the procedure
- Mild cramping
- Mild bloating
- Breast tenderness
- Although women are advised to take it easy after the procedure, they can resume normal activity within a few days.
Why choose Delhi–IVF?
- Our warm, cordial staff are dedicated to providing you personalized and quality healthcare every time you visit us.
- D-IVF is a comprehensive fertility centre. We will provide you with the latest and the most authentic options available so that you can make an informed decision.
- We cater to all your needs, personal and professional. Our beautiful clinic provides comfort, privacy, and discretion as well as state of the art infertility treatment options.
- Since our inception, D-IVF has been a pioneer and a leading fertility clinic in Delhi. We boast of a wide set of very happy clients.
- IVF is a very safe, non-intrusive and effective technology. We hope that this post has been able to throw some light onto the broader aspects of this procedure. If you have any other queries, you can always drop into our clinic! Don’t hesitate to call upon us!