Myths and facts about IVF: Separating truth from misinformation

Seven myths about IVF that you may have encountered 




IVF (in vitro fertilization) is a method of assisted reproduction that allows conception
outside the womb. Although IVF is a relatively common procedure, there are
still many myths and misinformation about it. In this article, we will look at
some of the most common ones and clarify the facts.

Myth #1: IVF is dangerous and has many side effects.

Fact: IVF is generally a safe procedure with
a low risk of serious side effects. The most common side effects are mild
abdominal pain, fatigue and irritation at the injection site after the
injection administered as part of the hormonal stimulation. The patient may
experience discomfort while taking hormonal medications. Like any medical
procedure, complications may occur, but the patient is always informed of these
in advance.

Myth 2: IVF is a guaranteed way to get pregnant.

Fact: The success rate of IVF varies
depending on the age of the patient, the quality of the eggs and sperm, and
many other factors. The average IVF success rate is around 30 – 40 % per IVF
cycle. The outcome can also vary if the treatment is performed with donated
cells both eggs and sperm.

Myth #3: IVF is only for older women.

Fact: IVF can be helpful for women of all
ages who are struggling with fertility issues. However, a woman’s age plays an
important role in affecting the outcome of IVF. If regular unprotected
intercourse fails to come to a different state after a year, do not hesitate to
contact specialists at a reproductive center, which is also true for young
couples. Our IVF specialists will perform a basic fertility test and together
you will discuss the reasons for possible treatment. The earlier you come, the
better your chances of success.

Myth 4: IVF is ethically problematic.

Fact: There are various ethical issues
surrounding IVF that are important to discuss. However, IVF can be the only
route to parenthood for many couples and can bring so much happiness into their
lives at a time when nature alone is no longer enough.

Myth 5: IVF is expensive and only available to the rich.

Fact: The cost of IVF varies depending on the
clinic and the country. In the Czech Republic, health insurance companies cover
part of the treatment and a limited number of attempts. It is therefore not
true that it is a method only for the wealthy. If you are insured by a public
insurance company, you are under 38 years old, you have a partner and you have
not yet exhausted all attempts, you can undergo IVF treatment.

Myth #6: IVF is stressful and mentally demanding.

Fact: IVF can be a mentally challenging
process, but there are many ways to deal with the stress. There are
psychological or psychotherapeutic counselling services and patient groups that
can help women/​couples through the process. It is always important to talk
about your feelings and voice any concerns out loud. We recommend relaxing in
nature, practicing yoga and going for walks. Try to find an activity that suits
you and will enrich you physically and mentally.

Myth 7: Babies born after IVF are less healthy.

Fact: Long-term studies clearly show that
babies born after IVF are just as healthy as babies conceived naturally.

We hope this article has helped you dispel
some myths about IVF and clarify the facts. If you have further questions about
IVF, please do not hesitate to contact our specialists at Prague Fertility
Centre with your questions. Trust between patient and doctor is essential for
success and we are ready to answer your questions.

[1] Děti po IVF se vyvíjejí stejně jako ostatní | MT (tri​bu​ne​.cz)