When To Go For IVF Treatment?

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Lots of celebrities these days are making news for undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment. You may start to think that IVF is a simple solution for any couple who are trying to conceive. Do not be deceived. Having a test tube baby is a complicated and an expensive process. In some cases, IVF treatment may be your only hope.

However, some clinics these days push you towards IVF even if you have the options to get pregnant. So before you take the decision, you need to be assured that this is your only option. Here are the things you must consider.

When To Go For IVF Treatment?

1. How long have you been trying?

IVF is not advisable to anyone who is trying to conceive for less than 2 years. Unless you already know that your tubes are blocked or you have low sperm count, you should try naturally for 2 years. Do not take a decision because miracles do happen every now and then if not everyday.

2. How old are you?

If you are in your twenties, then you have lots of time to decide whether or not you want a test tube baby. Thirties is the time that fertility problems show up. But in your early thirties, you still have time. If you are in your late thirties then you will have to take a call quickly. The decision depends on how close you are to menopause.

3. Are your tubes blocked?

Most people end up going for IVF treatment because their fallopian tubes (the tubes that connect the ovary to the uterus) are blocked. But IVF is not the only solution; other fertility treatments are available these days. Surgery or even micro surgery can clear the blockages.

4. Are your eggs too old?

A woman has all the eggs in her ovary when she is born. The eggs mature one by one every month. So if you are 40, your eggs are 40 years old and could be infertile. You may also be the carrier of some repressed genetic disorder like haemophilia, in which case, you have go for IVF.

5. Have you considered Artificial Insemination?

This basically means artificial insemination. The process of artificial insemination or introducing the sperm into your uterus is much easier and less expensive than IVF. So unless your partner has low sperm count, this is a viable fertility treatment.

IVF treatment should be the last option for a couple who is trying to conceive. There are several other methods you can try. If you do not succeed then you can always go for IVF.

Read more about: infertility, conceiving, ivf
Story first published: Monday, June 11, 2012, 16:28 [IST]
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