For couples struggling to conceive, IVF treatment can be a real lifeline. However, it doesn’t always work and there are many risks involved which you do need to understand before committing to anything. It’s important to remember that it might not work all the time, and it could cause emotional struggle for you.
Firstly, it is important to realise that there is not a 100 percent chance of becoming pregnant. In fact, the success rates are often very low, and in the UK, only 20 to 25 percent of treatments will actually result in a birth. Once women turn 40, the rate of success goes down drastically, which means that younger women have a much better chance of success with IVF(in vitro fertilization).
Secondly, as already mentioned, there can be great emotional difficulty when going through this process. Your hopes may be built up only to find out that it is not going to work. This is particularly difficult for couples who are desperate to conceive and are willing to try anything. If it doesn’t work out for you, you may find that you suffer from depression, anxiety and many other mental and emotional issues afterwards. Even if you don’t think you’ll suffer, it’s a good idea to make sure you have lots of people, such as family and close friends, around you to support you during this time. Experts often recommend some form of counseling for couples, especially if things are likely to be difficult to cope with.
Finally, there are physical risks which you should be aware of before committing to any forms of treatment. This is obviously a particular problem for women, since the eggs are removed from the female body. The eggs are removed by using a fine needle which goes into the ovaries in order to get the eggs. While there is a risk of infection being introduced to the body when this happens, it is not often very likely, since hygiene is of a great standard during the process and there is appropriate medication if anything does occur.
However, the important thing to bear in mind is that you do have options! Just because you haven’t been able to get pregnant naturally that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to with a little help. The best thing you can do is seek medical advice and get their help with what to do next. There are also plenty of websites, blogs and books that can help talk you through all of your options. This is good news because it means that when you need to do a little extra research on the topic you will be able to without too much hassle and problems. Just remember that as much as research on websites and in books is good you should always seek medical advice and listen to the advice your doctor or any other medical professional gives you.