Having a baby truly is a blessing for every couple, but not all are blessed with this feeling of joy. After getting married there comes a point in your life when you decide to expand your family. Unfortunately, there are a few couples who are unable to enjoy this bliss due to certain factors. In the past, for these infertile couples who yearned for a child, there was no solution. But due to today’s medical advancements, they can fulfill their desire to have a child.
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most popular methods that has been described as a boon for infertility. IVF was a mystery when it was first introduced and babies produced by the means of IVF were known as “test-tube babies”. In the year 1978, the world’s first test tube baby was born in England and was named Louis Brown.
What is IVF?
In-vitro means “in glass” referring to insemination takes place in a petri-dish and not in a test-tube. In-vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology in which your eggs are combined with sperm outside your body.
IVF is a remarkable procedure in which a couple struggling to have a child will be able to start a family in a petri-dish. The embryo is then implanted in the to-be-mother.
What are the reasons some couples choose to have an IVF baby?
If a regular pregnancy is not possible or advisable to you, you can opt for in-vitro fertilization. You can choose to go for an IVF treatment if you are suffering from the following reasons:
Fertility problems in men
If your partner is having certain fertility related problems like low sperm count or decreased sperm motility.
Fertility problems in women
Few health conditions that make it tough for you to conceive the regular way are blocked or dysfunctional fallopian tubes, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS), etc. You can choose IVF to experience the joy of motherhood.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure used in your IVF treatment to identify any genetic disease or chromosomal disorder present in the embryo. You could be aware of some genetic disorder that you have inherited and do not want to pass on to your child. IVF eliminates this to a large degree as the healthy embryo is chosen for implantation.
If you are not able to have a baby the regular way because you have reached the age of menopause, IVF baby is a great option.
IVF process at a glance
You might be kept on fertility drugs that can stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Your obstetrician will examine you with the help of ultrasounds and blood tests to see if ovarian stimulation is taking place.
Egg and sperm collection:
Your obstetrician will collect your eggs under the guidance of an ultrasound and sperm sample will be collected from your partner on the day your eggs are collected.
Mixing of sperm and your egg is referred to as insemination. If everything goes fine, the eggs are fertilized and the embryo starts developing.
Embryo transfer will take place when the embryo has grown enough to get implanted. Your obstetrician will then place the embryo into your uterus.
If there are additional embryos left, they can be frozen and stored with your approval for future use.
After 2 weeks of getting your embryo transferred, a pregnancy test will be done to confirm if the treatment has worked.
In some cases, if your partner has a low sperm count then IVF combined with ICSI is the only way to become a biological father for him. Other options could be adoption or donor sperm. IVF even increases your chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby if you decide to opt for Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
After you have completed your IVF treatment you must ensure that you stay away from certain activities that can hamper your body. You will be advised to avoid strenuous workouts involving weight lifting or aerobics. At this stage, your body requires plenty of rest so make sure you get enough sleep at night. Eat a healthy and balanced diet during and after your IVF treatment.
In vitro fertilization can make it possible for you to have a baby if you’ve had a hard time conceiving. Only your fertility doctor will be able to determine the best treatment for you, but in vitro fertilization has brought successful pregnancies to many couples facing infertility issues. Your fertility doctor will help you to plan the ideal treatment plan for you, taking into consideration your comfort and convenience.
“There is a rainbow of hope at the end of every storm”