Conception is a miracle. Unfortunately, not everyone can make this miracle a reality. Recent studies have shown an estimated one million babies have been born thanks to some lab-assisted technique. In many of these cases, in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, was used. Even though this treatment is becoming so common, most people do not fully understand the IVF process. If you are considering IVF, here are a few things you should know.
It Is a Process
One of the first things you should know is that in-vitro is a process, which is time-consuming. In addition, the IVF process can be physically and emotionally overwhelming.
To start the process, your fertility specialist will prescribe medications or hormones to stimulate the production of eggs. The more eggs you produce, the more changes you have of a successful conception.
The egg is retrieved during a procedure that involves going into the uterus and fallopian tubes through the vagina. As many eggs as possible are retrieved.
Fertilization of the eggs is the next step of the in-vitro process. The egg is fertilized using your partner's sperm or sperm from a donor.
After fertilization, the healthiest embryos are transferred and implanted into your uterus.
It is important to remain calm throughout the different steps. Be patient and follow all of your doctor's orders, ensuring you are stress-free and resting properly. This will improve your chances of the IVF's success.
Multiple Cycles May Be Necessary
There are many women who become pregnant after just one IVF cycle. However, some women will not become pregnant right away. There could be an issue with the development of eggs, which may require donor eggs. Or, embryos may not survive after implantation.
Again, remain calm and listen to your doctor's orders because you are not the only woman who will require an additional cycle for the IVF to be successful.
Financial Help Is Available
For many, the cost of IVF is a worthwhile investment. Unfortunately, the financial stress can become a burden for many people hoping to start or grow their families.
Today, many insurance policies do provide some coverage for fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization. Make sure you talk to your insurance policy in detail so you understand your financial responsibilities. If you have a health-savings account, or HSA, you can also use this money towards your IVF treatments.
Even with insurance, the IVF treatment cost can be difficult to pay, but you can look into scholarships and grants to help with some of the financial burden. While there are many qualifications you need to meet and different stipulations for approval, scholarships and grants can help you achieve your dream of having a child. Contact a service, like Baby Quest Foundation, for more help.