In vitro fertilization is a generic term comprising several medical methods that are used to overcome some types of sterility. This is a technique by which an egg and a spermatozoid can be found on a culture plate of a laboratory, says Maricruz Gómez de la Torre Vargas in his book «In vitro fertilization and filiation.»
This method is attractive for many couples because of their high success rates, as well as allowing pregnancy in couples with severe fertility problems.
If you want to undergo this process you can consult with our specialists, at Med&ART Consulting we will be more than willing to guide you on your path to fertility.
If it is your first approach to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, we recommend taking into account the following aspects of treatment and pregnancy along the way:
Beware of age
As we have described in previous publications, age is a key factor in carrying out a pregnancy. We speak not only of the physical strength to sustain a ‘panzita’ for 9 months, the capacity of the female reproductive tract as well as the quality of spermatozoa in man undergo modifications with age. In addition, it should not be forgotten that being a parent at an advanced age can be exhausting.
It is not cheap
Its price is higher than other reproductive techniques such as artificial insemination. In the United States, couples spend between $ 18 and $ 20,000 per treatment, so many prefer to leave it in a simple possibility. However, there are other ways.
In Mexico, for example, the treatment oscillates between $ 3,500 and $ 5,000, so the various companies are dedicated to the so-called reproductive tourism, which consists of undergoing treatment in another country with very economic costs while enjoying beautiful Holidays on some paradisiacal beach or in the beautiful center of a city.
This is a long process
The detection process in infertility is 12 months, then deciding for IVF, the process could last up to 12 months or can be extended to 15 depending on the acceptance of the recipient woman. This is an issue that must be taken into account, often leading to labor disputes due to length of absence.
There are several methods available
Processes can vary and adapt depending on the needs of the couple. Previous studies to which they are subjected are important in choosing the best treatment for the couple. Some variants are:
IVF with couple eggs: In vitro fertilization with women’s eggs is a technique where the eggs are extracted from a woman with the spermatozoa of their partner or those of a donor.
IVF with donor eggs: It consists of fertilizing the eggs of a donor with the spermatozoa of the couple, then is introduced into the uterus to continue its development.
IVF with sperm from the partner: This process involves fertilizing the woman’s (or a donor’s) egg and the sperm from her partner to get pregnant.
The process can become stressful
Certainly a pregnancy can cause stress in the couple. Women require specific care and great attention from men.
IVF can be more tiring than a traditional pregnancy. From the regular attempt of pregnancy, through the search for other alternatives, to attend and follow up on multiple clinical studies, altering routines and working hours.
This is another factor where specialized clinics offer vacation packages, to find a quiet area where the family can develop without stress.
There are side effects
A woman taking fertility drugs may have bloating, abdominal pain, mood swings, headaches, and other side effects. Many IVF medications need to be given by injection, often several times a day.
The risks of egg retrieval include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, and damage to the structures surrounding the ovary, including the bowel and bladder.
You can decide the gender of the baby
The process of in vitro fertilization allows couples to choose the sex of the baby, a fact that usually makes the family a difficult decision, because they have to think about what they want.
You have to give up toxic habits
Between 50 and 80% of the children of alcoholic mothers present alterations such as intrauterine retardation, microcephaly, short nose and back, narrow palpebral opening, hypoplastic mandible and fine upper lip. In addition, it is related to anomalies in the extremities and in the spine as well as congenital cardiopathies.
And for those who can not quit smoking, smoking during pregnancy doubles the risk of the baby being born underweight or may cause premature rupture of the sac, the sac that contains the baby, resulting in a premature baby.
Keep a healthy diet
The basis of a healthy life is food and more when you take a baby inside. Feeding during pregnancy must contain a broad repertoire of whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy, and so on.
Include minerals like iron, calcium and iodine, as well as omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins such as folic acid. Do not forget to hydrate properly and not exceed the consumption of water, in addition to consuming a varied amount of fruit.
Food times and amounts are important as consuming small volumes of food 5 to 6 times a day encourages digestion and avoids the heaviness, acidity and typical swelling of pregnancy. Avoid copious meals and rather consume more fractionally in our diet.
Consider renovating the home to fit the needs of the mother and baby
Adjustments are imperative, life as a couple does not require much space, however, the arrival of a new member can drive new changes that do not have to become difficult. Consider adapting and cleaning a room over the house, decorate it with colors that are attractive and full of life to receive the child.
This part can serve as an option to lighten the burden of stress between partners, making the affair as fun.
If you found a lot of information, we recommend taking the time to analyze and understand it. The process of In Vitro Fertilization may seem from another world and generate fear in couples, however, in the hands of specialized doctors and with the correct information everything can result in complete success. If to that situation we add an excellent vacation in places of great tourist attraction, we can find that the process can be very comforting.
In Med&ART Consulting, we made the compromise of helping people get pregnant and when treating patients will be as if you were speaking with a friend, but a friend that is highly specialized in the ART field.If you want to know more about us, you can send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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