Myth & Facts

Myth: IVF is a costly treatment and for rich people
Fact: False. Though it is expensive, the cost of IVF has not increased much over the years. It is less than some other major procedures like heart surgery or joint replacement.

Myth: IVF is successful in all cases
Fact: False, IVF is successful in up to 40% of cases. Success depends on a number of other factors like age of the female, cause of infertility, centre of expertise, biological and hormonal reasons, etc.

Myth: IVF requires admission in the hospital
Fact: False, it does not require overnight admission. It is, by and large, an out-patient treatment. Only the egg-collection procedure requires day-care admission.

Myth: IVF always result in multiple pregnancies like twins or triplets
Fact: Not true, the chances of twin pregnancies are there.But multiple embryo transfers are avoided to reduce risk ofhigh order pregnancies.

Myth: IVFand ICSI babies have a high risk of birth defects and malformations
Fact: Not true. Absolute risk of congenital malformations in babies of Assisted reproductive technique are very low. Generally in India IVF is decided at later age of women,so age related risk of congenital malformations are there but it is nowhere related to IVF.

MYTH: IVF results are superior in winter than summer.
Fact: Not true. IVF results depend on lab conditions,age of women,quality of embryos and endometrium.Nowadays the superior air purification system in lab make it unaffected by outside temperature conditions and thus results are not affected.

Myth: If you adopt a baby you’ll get pregnant!!
Fact: This is one of the most painful myths for couples to hear. First it suggests that adoption is only a means to an end, not an happy and successful end in itself. Second, it is simply not true. Studies reveal that the rate for achieving pregnancy after adopting is the same as for those who do not adopt.

Myth: I shouldn’t take a month off from infertility treatment for any reason… I just know that this next month will be THE one.
Fact: It is important periodically to reassess your treatment and your parenting goal. Continuity in treatment is important, but sometimes a break can provide needed rest and renewal for the next steps.

Myth: I’ll be labeled a ‘trouble maker’ if I ask too many questions
Fact: The physician/patient team is important. You need to be informed about what treatments are available. What is right for one couple may not be right for another, either physically, financially, or emotionally. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your doctor. A second opinion can be helpful. If needed, discuss this option with your physician.

Myth: If I have taken oral contraceptive pills before, I will find it difficult to get pregnant later
Fact: The use of oral contraceptive pills in the past to avoid pregnancy does not reduce the chance of getting pregnant in the future when the couple desires, as is commonly believed.

Myth: Is IVF is my last option, if I don’t get pregnant in this cycle I will never get pregnant
Fact: Is IVF the last option? is one of the effective ways of getting pregnant, however it is not the last option. Many couples get pregnant after an IVF attempt even spontaneously. Is IVF

Myth: Undergoing a Laproscopy surgery will further worsen my infertility problems
Fact: Laproscopy in infertility is a skilled procedure. It is very useful to diagnose and treat female infertility problems. There is spontaneous pregnancy rates upto 60 % in some cases.

Myth: I must confine myself to a certain fixed diet plan to get pregnant and stay pregnant.
Fact: There is too much emphasis given to dietary do’s and dont’s. People from all over the world, right from Africa, Mongolia, Europe and Asia are getting pregnant! They all have varied dietary patterns. It is important to have a balanced nutritious diet.

Myth: Bed rest is essential to get pregnant after IVF
Fact: A woman should not undergo excessive physical or mental stress after the procedure. Strict bed rest is not associated with increased pregnancy rates.