When you’ve been trying to conceive for months and not succeeding, it’s time to look for infertility treatment. We know that it can be distressing to realize that you are suffering from infertility but the earlier you realize it, the sooner you can treat it. If it’s any consolation, you should know that almost every one out of six couples faces some degree of infertility. So, you see, it’s not that uncommon. Of course, different people may have different reasons for infertility. 

Now, whenever one thinks of infertility treatment, the first thing that inevitably comes to their mind is IVF. If you too are thinking about going for it but are intimidated by the seemingly complex process, we’re here to help you. Before you even book a consultancy with a fertility doctor, here are some crucial facts about IVF that will help you decide whether it’s for you or not.

  1. It requires a lot of time, patience, and effort

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) involves ovarian stimulation (via medications and/or self-administered hormone injections), egg retrieval, fertilization of eggs and sperm cells outside the body, embryo transfer, and a pregnancy test. All these steps together take about 5 weeks which is a considerably long time frame. So, make sure that you have enough time to fully focus on IVF before getting into it. During this entire period, you might feel anxious and restless but remember, patience is the key.

Additionally, you have to put in a lot of effort to establish and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle prior to beginning the treatment. Pregnancy can be negatively affected by excessive body weight, alcohol, and cigarettes. Exercise is also very important to maintain good health. Note that it equally applies to both partners.

  1. Do not fall into the trap of success rates

Tempting as it is to choose a clinic that shows a very high success rate, we suggest you take a pause and examine first. Though some clinics are honest, others might pull a trick on you. What if a clinic had just 1 or 2 IVF cases a month? Would their 100% success rate count? Also, while some clinics will take no. of live births to calculate the rate, others might use the positive pregnancy tests. This will again be misleading. So, it is better to go by testimonials of known people or to meet a doctor and personally ask what might work for you. At Grace Fertility, we provide a thorough consultation session before a couple is booked for IVF treatment so that they know what all to expect.

  1. Ask in advance how much the entire IVF treatment (including any special procedure needed) will cost you

When it comes to IVF, money can be a crucial factor in deciding whether to undergo the process or not. And though most clinics do provide the cost of one IVF cycle, you should still ask the additional prices of several blood (and other) tests, medications, etc., to make sure you’re not deceived later. Also, ask them if their clinic provides a zero-interest IVF loan as many clinics now do. Some private firms also extend IVF loans which can make the financial concerns easier for you. However, we urge you to not settle for the cheapest without judging their quality.

  1. Age is an important factor

We hate to admit it but age matters in IVF treatment. Women below the age of 35 have the best chances (success rate- 40 to 50%) of getting pregnant. Whereas women above the age of 40 struggle the most (success rate drops to just 2 to 4%). Therefore, the earlier you get IVF done, the better it is.

  1. You may face some discomfort and pain during the treatment

IVF is a largely safe and painless technique but rarely, it can cause certain side effects. The hormone medications and injections can lead to tender breasts, cramping, and boating. It might also cause a medical condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome that is painful. But it happens very rarely and gets cured soon. Lastly, the injection needles and egg retrieval process might cause slight pain and discomfort to you. 

  1. Multiple pregnancies due to IVF is not the norm but an anomaly

You must have heard that IVF causes multiple pregnancies, resulting in twins or triplets. While there have been such cases, it is mostly because of careless embryo transfer on the doctor’s part. Thus, it becomes all the more important to choose the best IVF center in Delhi. Why Delhi? Because the Delhi-Gurgaon region is known for its excellent track record in IVF treatment.

  1. IVF does not guarantee a pregnancy

Disheartening as this fact is, you must know that undergoing IVF is not bound to make you conceive. Some couples get success in their first or second cycle while some others succeed after 4 or 5 cycles, and some don’t succeed even after 6-7 cycles. The average number of cycles needed is 3 though. But don’t despair, some people are known to naturally conceive after failed IVF treatment!

In the end, it’s a journey where you may or may not reach the desired  end. What matters is that you give your 100% and opt for the best IVF center in Gurgaon to ensure the best service. Lastly, there are many other infertility treatment options that you can ask your doctor about to see if they might suit you better. We hope this helped!