IVF has helped millions of families across the globe, but while it’s a huge benefit that’s brought many couples and single dependents together it can come with a number of myths. We take a look at a few of the common myths about IVF and what the actual truth is to help future families prosper.
Myth: You can undergo IVF at any age
A woman’s reproductive system begins to age when they reach their mid-30s, with their 40s becoming the least likely decade, so far, for a woman to conceive. IVF treatment can be offered for most women under the age of 43 according to the NHS.
There can still be upset for women who have IVF much later in their life where they may need to undergo multiple cycles of treatment. Your doctor will be able to gauge your chances of success and work with you to help improve your fertility. Another option is to freeze your eggs preferably before reaching the age of 35-40.
Myth: IVF is the only solution if you’re infertile
This isn’t necessarily true, as there could be many reasons why you’re unable to conceive. Speaking to your doctor and having a thorough fertility examination will pinpoint exactly what treatment will be best for you.
Myth: Women are more likely to be infertile
In actual fact, both women and men are just as likely to suffer from infertility issues in their lives. It’s also not just an issue that affects heterosexual couples, as same sex couples may struggle with similar issues.
It’s also possible that there could be underlying issues not entirely related to the fertility of the person, such as not ovulating, endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. These may need to be addressed before looking to conceive, which your fertility doctor, or maybe your GP, can discuss with you in detail.
Myth: Infertility means it’s impossible to be pregnant
Far to the contrary! The term infertility is used if a couple has been trying to conceive for over 12 months or are over 36, according to the NHS. While a person may be deemed as infertile, this doesn’t mean that they can’t have a baby at any point.
Couples may be successful after receiving several treatments such as hormonal treatment to help them along, with others opting for IVF, Artificial Insemination, or other fertility support with varying success rates. You should continue to seek support from your GP and weigh up your options when looking to conceive and are having any concerns. If it’s taking too long, see a fertility specialist sooner rather than later.
It can seem overwhelming when you’re trying to conceive, but there is a lot of misinformation that can throw couples and single women off. The best advice is to speak to a qualified professional throughout your fertility journey who will be happy to alleviate any concerns you may have.