There are some misconceptions about fertility treatments. These myths stem from a variety of things, including lack of information, sci-fi movies and theories, and strange sounding terms like “test-tube babies.”
In actuality, the medical science behind helping a woman and man overcome problems of infertility is very sound and respected. Furthermore, it is effective.
Here are some of the common myths that you may run into when thinking about fertility treatment like in vitro fertilization or other common treatments:
- One day I’ll be able to choose my child’s traits.
Science is not at the point where we can just choose which genes we want. In fact we’re not even close. What fertility specialists can do is choose from a group of embryos which has the best chance of being healthy, using a variety of techniques. Gender can also be selected in some cases, as an embryo’s gender can be determined.
- IVF takes me out of commission.
After the embryo is transferred to a woman, she doesn’t need to stop being active. In fact, in most cases, women can return to their normal routine. Some research suggests the too much bed rest may actually have a negative effect on IVF.
- I don’t control the success of an IVF cycle.
While it is true that not all IVF treatments are successful, even when all the right steps are taken, there are things patients and doctors can do to increase the odds in their favor. Heath habits, supplements and medications can affect treatment. The doctor needs to make sure the uterus is ready, that there isn’t fluid in the fallopian tubes, and that the husband’s sperm has a high enough quality.
- IVF diminishes your reserve of eggs.
The body naturally selects a group of eggs each month to be stimulated. IVF uses all of those eggs and stimulates them, so there is a greater chance that one matures. Normally, only one in the group matures and the rest die.
- I could easily have twins or triplets.
With some fertility treatments that increase fertility, it is true there is no control in this regard. With IVF, however, the couple chooses how many embryos to implant.