IVF: a ray of hope for infertile couples

Bearing a child is what completes families as also helps in strengthening your relationship with your spouse. However, many couples may not be able to realize this dream with as much ease as others. Such couples who suffer from infertility often feel depressed as they are not able to enjoy this feeling of parenthood which many others can enjoy without much effort.

The present scenario contradicts the social taboo that deems a woman to be solely responsible for infertility. The fact is that all the fertility centres on a day to day basis come across couples who are in search of sperm donors. Women require donated sperm when their partner produces very little or no sperm. This condition is called azoospermia. Also, in many cases, the male partner is found to have some genetic disease and because the couple doesn’t want their offspring to inherit the same, they opt for donated sperm. It’s also the only option towards attaining parenthood for men who’ve had an irreversible vasectomy and for same-sex couples. For couples facing any of the circumstances mentioned above, sperm donation is a boon and thankfully some generous men can empathise with the ones who can’t have the joy of parenthood naturally and hence as the help they offer their sperms. However, using donated sperms is a crucial decision, not just on the emotional part but on the medical part as well. However, taking help from a renowned and credible sperm bank is a safe option.

The changing lifestyle has brought a great pace and newness to everyone’s lives, it on the other hand has brought many changes that were uncalled for. The changes in the sleeping pattern, eating habits, has made significant changes in healths of the individual. Diabetes, Blood pressure problems, vulnerability to other terminal diseases has also increased due to the ill habits which are becoming common to individuals. There is also a significant increase in infertile couples.

Infertility is the incapability of reproducing through the natural way of having intercourse. Although infertility is not a newfound syndrome, it has become more common these days. Many couples are suffering through infertility feeling helpless and accepting childlessness as their fate. Well, like many other diseases, infertility also has its remedies. There are several treatments for infertility that help in ending all the complexities and help in conceiving through a natural process. For incurable causes for infertility, there are methods like IVF treatment, which can be adopted.

IVF has come like a silver lining in the darkness due to sterility. Many couples are resorting to IVF treatment to get pregnant and to give birth to a healthy child. Here are a few things you need to know about IVF:

What is IVF?

In-Vitro Fertility treatment is an alternative method of conceiving. When after several attempts of sexual intercourse, the couple cannot conceive, it points to sexual incompatibility or sterility in either the male of the female.

When the couple undergoes IVF, both the reasons, ie.e the incompatibility, as well as sterility, can be treated. In this process, the eggs and the sperms from the woman and the man are extracted and artificially combined in a laboratory to form an embryo. This embryo is then inseminated in the woman’s uterus where it develops and the woman gets pregnant. 

What if the male sperms are the reason for infertility?

Infertility in men is an increasing issue. Smoking and alcoholism which are common habits nowadays have a great effect on the sperm count and sperm motility. The quality of sperm when hampered results in infertility. For the couples in which the man has a very poor quality of sperm, can look for a sperm donor either from their acquaintances or ask for sperms from the sperm bank.

What if the woman has infertility issues?

Women can have infertility in two ways either they would not be able to conceive due to low egg count or they have a weak uterus which is incapable of holding the pregnancy. IVF treats both issues.

For low-quality eggs, the woman can be treated by giving dietary supplements and medications which will increase the quality of eggs.

If holding the child development from the embryo due to the weak uterus lining or endometriosis or some other issue, the eggs can be extracted and combined with the sperms and the embryo so formed can be inseminated in the uterus of a surrogate mother. A surrogate is the one who carries the baby until delivery. When the eggs are extracted from the intended mother, she remains the biological mother. If the eggs used also belong to the surrogate mother, the surrogate mother is the biological mother.

Is the baby born of IVF treatment normal?

IVF is an alternate treatment of conception; the rest of the process of pregnancy and childbirth is just normal. The child born of IVF is very normal and as healthy as the normal child. The embryo when formed in the laboratory can be checked for any genetic defect and any disorder. Only the embryo that is completely normal and fit is inseminated in the uterus of the woman.

How is the mother’s health affected when she undergoes IVF process?

IVF process has different ways of treating infertility. Some treatments under the IVF are corrective treatments that involve medications to restore the health of the woman by supplementing the deficient nutrients and bringing hormonal balance. When the baby is conceived through IVF, the pregnant woman is constantly under observation. Any abnormality is seen is addressed right away. This eliminates any risk involved in making pregnancy very safe.

IVF treats a couple with all kinds of problems that lead to infertility. Thus, it is helpful for couples going through different problems. It is a very safe, affordable and reliable process. There are many success stories of couples in the age group of 50!

IVF is for everyone, for older couples, for same-gender couples, for couples with sexual incompatibility. It is an end to the couples who have had several attempts for several years but got only disappointment. Thus, it can be easily agreed to that IVF is a ray of hope for couples dealing with infertility.

Modernization has made our lives faster and smoother. We all have hectic schedules daily. We meet lots of known and unknown people every day and then we realize that some couples are struggling with infertility issues. They are unable to conceive naturally due to varied reasons. Despite several visits to doctors and numerous investigations, satisfactory results are not obtained.  Modernization has made our lives faster and smoother. We all have hectic schedules daily. We meet lots of known and unknown people every day and then we realize that some couples are struggling with infertility issues. They are unable to conceive naturally due to varied reasons. Despite several visits to doctors and numerous investigations, satisfactory results are not obtained.

Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic on Couples Undergoing IVF Treatment

We are all very well aware of the COVID-19 Pandemic that has engulfed the whole world. The infection that originated in the city of Wuhan had far-reaching effects that touched all the sectors across the globe, including healthcare. Well, we surely don’t want to go towards the technicality of it and this blog has been written just to help all those couples who had been undergoing IVF treatment before the lockdown and are continuing it as well as those who are planning to undergo the procedure anytime soon. The benefits of IVF are known to all. The procedure has helped to complete hundreds and thousands of families over the years and is a shining ray of hope for many more.

COVID-19 and IVF treatment, you must be wondering what is the connection between the two? You will be surprised to know that the former has imposed a lot of challenges in the way of the latter. IVF is a time-sensitive treatment and every ticking second on the clock counts. Be it the regular follow-ups and catching up with your fertility specialist or undergoing the whole cycle of treatment, every passing day is crucial for determining the success of the procedure. In simple words, you cannot miss any of your appointments. The question that arises here is ‘Would it be possible to do so amidst a lockdown?’


Wrapping Up

So, if you are wondering if you should move forward with the treatment or not, or how the whole scenario is going to affect your journey towards parenthood, connect with your doctors online via teleconsultation and discuss your options. Don’t be stressful and be gentle with yourself. Even if your treatment has been delayed or postponed, stay positive. Couples who are planning to go for IVF anytime soon should also consider postponing the embryo transfer till the situation is resolved.

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