Myth: IVF is the solution for all infertility problems
Fact: False, IVF is one of the treatment options for infertility. There are other options like ovulation induction (OI) with medications, Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI).
Myth: IVF is only the last option
Fact: False, it can sometimes be the first treatment option as in women with bilateral blockage of tubes, severe male infertility and advanced age.
Myth: IVF is only for affluent people
Fact: False. Though it is expensive, the cost of IVF has not increased massively over the years. It is less than some other major procedures like heart surgery or joint replacement.
Myth: IVF is limited to a younger population only
Fact: False, IVF technology can be used even in older (post-menopausal group) ladies using donor eggs from younger females.
Myth: IVF is successful in all cases
Fact: False, IVF is successful in up to 40% of cases. Success depends on a number of other factors like age of the female, cause of infertility, centre of expertise, biological and hormonal reasons, etc.
Myth: IVF requires admission in the hospital
Fact: False, it does not require overnight admission. It is, by and large, an out-patient treatment. Only the egg-collection procedure requires day-care admission.
Myth: IVF always result in multiple pregnancies like twins or triplets
Fact: Not true, the chances of multiple pregnancies can be reduced by reducing the number of embryos transferred, especially in young women.
Myth: IVF babies have a significantly high risk of birth defects and malformations
Fact: Not true. There is a slight increase in major malformation (1.3 times), as compared to spontaneously conceived pregnancies. This is expressed as 1 in 12 pregnancies following assisted reproduction as compared to 1 in 15 in spontaneously conceived. But the absolute risk of having a child with congenital malformation remains low.
Myth: IVF is covered by insurance
Fact: False, it is usually not covered by major insurance companies. Though, it is advisable to check with the insurance company before starting an IVF treatment.
Myth: IVF is dangerous
Fact: No, it is not dangerous, infact it is a safe treatment. Only 1-2% of patients may become unwell because of severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Also, this can be minimized with close monitoring.