According to a report, Call for Action: Expanding IVF Treatment in India, published in July 2015,
infertility, or the inability to conceive by natural means, has quite a high prevalence in India. It affects nearly 10%-15% of married couples in the country. The report went on to state that out of all the infertile couples, only 20%-25% registered at an infertility center undergo IVF. What’s surprising is that this represents only 1% of the total infertile couples seeking infertility treatment, even in metro cities like Hyderabad.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a safe procedure and can have a high success rate. However, just like any other medical procedure, there are some misconceptions that are restricting people from taking advantage of this treatment options. Here are 5 most common misconceptions and the truth behind them.

IVF is Expensive

This is the most common myth that is keeping couples away from the benefits IVF has to offer. They believe that the cost of treatment is unaffordable for them and that IVF is something that only the rich can afford. However, this is not at all true. No doubt, the overall cost of IVF can be high, it has been steady for a long time. IVF is an outpatient procedure, which makes it easier for people to bear the cost.

IVF Requires Overnight Hospital Admission

As mentioned above, IVF is an out-patient treatment. So, there is no question of being admitted overnight in the hospital. A patient can take day admission in the facility for the egg collection procedure. They can leave as soon the process is complete.

IVF has 100% Success Rate

Now, busting this myth might come be disheartening for many. However, no treatment can guarantee success. There are many factors that affect the success rate and a good clinic will tell you about them all and help you maximize the chances of success.

IVF Babies are at a Higher Risk of Birth Defects and Deformities

Yes, there were many studies that children born via IVF are at an increased risk of birth defects. However, in several recent studies, IVF babies may only be at a slightly increased risk for birth defects (congenital abnormalities), a vast majority of these babies are born completely healthy.

IVF Pregnancy Will Require Cesarean Birth

Cesarean section (C-section) surgery is done to deliver a baby through the mother’s abdomen when vaginal birth is deemed unsafe for either the mother or the child. Women get afraid of this surgery because they fear that there could be some risk of complications, such as infection, heavy blood loss, etc. What is untrue is that IVF pregnancy will require such surgery. While couples can choose elective cesarean section delivery, normal vaginal delivery is also possible.

IVF can be a big decision for many couples, but it could be the best choice for infertile couples trying to get pregnant. But when you choose the best clinic for infertility treatment in Hyderabad, you can be sure of being in good hands.

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I am a stay at home mom, having worked in the software technology services space for over 10 years. In my professional life I used to enforce quality standards like CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented.In my current stint I am using similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To start any new stint it helps if you read and train and so I got myself a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai.

11 Comments

  1. My MIL is a gynec – some patients come in thinking IVF is very expensive and some come in thinking that it will work out in just one go. Education in this area is really missing.

  2. IVF is a science and thanks for creating this awareness. It is usually considered as an expensive technique and is thought of as 100% effective. Good to raise the curtain.

  3. Deepa Shri Rajan on

    Vow this is an amazing article. You know what you have done a brilliant job by writing up this article. This is gonna be helpful for a lot of people who are trying fertility.

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