With modern scientific advancements in infertility treatment, doctors now have powerful tools, such as In Vitro Fertilisation, to make pregnancy possible for many women who would otherwise not be able to conceive at all. With the help of IVF, over five million stories of new life have brought hope to couples desperate for their own children thanks to doctors like our gynaecologist in Chatsworth.
Even though this is a highly emotional topic, one must be aware that IVF is not a magic wand either. It is not an easy journey, being an intense medical process, and it requires commitment and clear understanding of the potential obstacles.
Understanding What IVF Is
IVF, or In Vitro Fertilization, is a process whereby the egg and sperm are taken from the bodies of the parents and are joined in the laboratory, where the fertilized egg is then monitored for about six days, and transferred as an embryo back into the mother’s uterus. After approximately a week, a test will be done to confirm whether the embryo has successfully implanted into the uterus.
The first IVF birth was just over 40 years ago, and the process has made rapid and significant advancements since then, say our gynaecologists.
When coming for treatment with Dr. Augustine and Dr. Parikh in Chatsworth, a full course of IVF treatment can take between four weeks and two months, starting with different hormone treatments and then retrieving the eggs under sedation. It’s important to note that the process involves various medications and procedures, over and above which you will be constantly monitored, with multiple doctor’s appointments, blood tests and ultrasounds scans.
When To Consider IVF As An Option
There is a relatively small window for undergoing IVF. There are important success factors to consider, such as the age of the mother – because the quantity and quality of the eggs decline with age. Another factor would be the time that a couple has spent trying to conceive. The gynaecologists recommend that women in their prime reproductive ages, up to 35, are evaluated for infertility after one year of trying to fall pregnant. Women over 35 may consider evaluation after six months of trying to conceive.
IVF is the most effective fertility treatment. With all things taken into consideration, it does have the highest success rate in helping patients to conceive. Depending on the reasons for infertility, other treatment options could be considered before resorting to IVF.
It’s important to thoroughly research the doctors and facilities where you will have the procedure done. The practice or clinic should be transparent with their policies and methods and you also want to receive individualised care, such as what you will receive with our gynaecologist in Chatsworth, so that your success rate is optimised.
Finally, when dealing with infertility issues, self-care must be a priority. IVF can be a highly emotional and stressful process and just as with any other meticulous step of the IVF process, loving and nurturing yourself must be a daily practice.
For more information on the IVF process and to discuss your options, book an appointment with either Dr. Parikh or Dr. Augustine by phoning our gynaecologist reception or submitting your details online.