In earlier ages, before the present-day advancements in the field of medicine, childlessness was considered to be the ultimate destiny of many couples. When a couple starts planning to conceive, the pregnancy depends on several big and small reasons. Therefore, it is suggested that if they are seeking out for medical help, they must have a history of trying to conceive for at least one year.
IVF or In Vitro Fertilization is a complex medical process, wherein the egg of a woman is taken out and fertilized with her partner or a donor’s sperm. Based on its high success rates, couples seeking to get pregnant are drawn to this fertilization method. There are thousands of hospitals and clinics that provide this treatment package but many women prefer to travel to India for the same, considering the huge difference in expense and expertise and skills of Indian doctors. IVF treatment in India, thus is gaining momentum rapidly. But there are many things you should know if you are considering this fertilization process for yourself or a loved one.
Is IVF procedure painful?
During an IVF cycle, there can be many stages of pain. The first stage features injecting medications, which helps in developing the woman’s eggs. The next stage brings the pain and discomfort of bloating and enlarging ovaries after development of eggs. This is also important as the more the eggs, the higher is the success rate of conceiving. The third stage underlines the pain on egg retrieval, wherein a fine needle is used to collect the eggs, with the help of ultrasound, under light sedation. But due to modern day anaesthesia, the pain is minimal. But some clinics perform the process of egg retrieval without fully sedating the woman to save the cost, which can definitely be painful. After the retrieval, the patients are injected with progesterone. These oil-based injections are different from the stimulation ones; the needle is larger and thus, causes pain. For patients who find the pain of these injections intolerable have the option of using vaginal creme or vaginal suppositories containing progesterone. After some days when the embryos are transferred back into the woman’s uterus, there can be some discomfort and pain, but it is reported to be tolerable.
How much does it cost?
Although the costs of IVF treatment in India varies from clinic to clinic and doctor to doctor, they range to up to INR 1.5 to 2 lakh, including the cost of egg freezing. As this cost can be highly unaffordable for some couples, most of the clinics offer the benefit of monthly instalments with nil or minimal interest.
Is it safe?
Many couples are worried if this treatment is safe and that if their samples can be shuffled with another couple’s. But it is a cent percent safe treatment and the renowned clinics have professional staff and doctors, who will never adopt any carelessness in the procedure.
Will I conceive in one go?
Compared to the normal pregnancy rate, every cycle of IVF has a fifty to sixty percent probability of getting the aspirant pregnant. It is evident that every woman would want to conceive in one go but that is not certain. Usually, every woman has to take multiple cycles of IVF to finally get pregnant. Whereas some women get pregnant in the very first cycle, some take five to six, and some others never fall pregnant at all.
Is freezing the eggs important?
Freezing the eggs is really important for a successful IVF procedure. It is well-known that many women do not conceive with the first IVF cycle. In cases where the woman doesn’t conceive in one go, the frozen eggs can be used for more cycles, which substantially minimizes the entire effort and cost of taking the samples and fertilizing the egg again and again.