Debunking Common Myths About IVF

two individuals’ hands hold a pregnancy ultrasound

two individuals’ hands hold a pregnancy ultrasound

In recent years, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has become a lifeline for couples struggling with infertility. While it has helped millions of people achieve their dream of parenthood, IVF is still shrouded in myths and misconceptions that can create unnecessary anxiety and fear. By debunking these common misconceptions about IVF, we hope to provide you with accurate information and a clearer understanding of this reproductive technology.

One of the most common misconceptions about IVF is that it’s the go-to solution for all fertility issues. In reality, IVF is typically considered after other, less invasive fertility treatments have been explored and failed. We often recommend lifestyle changes, medications, and other interventions before turning to IVF. The decision to pursue IVF is made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the specific needs and circumstances of the individuals or couples involved, and their cause of infertility.

IVF has certainly improved the odds of conception for many people, but it is not a guaranteed solution. Success rates can vary widely depending on factors like age, underlying causes of infertility, and the quality of the embryos. According to the American Pregnancy Association, the average success rate for IVF in the United States is around 40% for women under 35. It’s essential to manage expectations and be prepared for the possibility of multiple IVF cycles or exploring alternative options.

While it’s true that IVF can sometimes lead to multiple pregnancies, such as twins or triplets, modern techniques have become more precise in controlling this outcome. Most fertility clinics now aim for a single, healthy pregnancy to minimize the potential risks associated with multiple births. Doctors carefully monitor and adjust the number of embryos transferred to reduce the chances of multiples, making IVF safer for both the mother and the babies.

IVF is not exclusively for older women. While advanced maternal age can be a factor in infertility, it’s by no means the only reason to consider IVF. Many younger couples and individuals also benefit from IVF when facing issues like male infertility, tubal blockages, endometriosis, or unexplained fertility problems. It’s essential to consult a fertility specialist who can determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on individual circumstances.

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a fertility treatment option that has helped many couples struggling with infertility issues to successfully conceive. However, it is often mistakenly believed that only people with fertility problems can benefit from this technology. While it is true that it’s primarily used by those struggling to get pregnant naturally, there are other groups of individuals who may benefit from IVF as well.

In Vitro Fertilization is a remarkable advancement in the field of reproductive medicine, offering hope and opportunities for many couples and individuals struggling with infertility. However, as with any medical procedure, it is essential to distinguish between myths and facts when considering IVF. By debunking these common misconceptions, we hope to empower individuals and couples to make informed decisions, manage their expectations, and embark on the IVF journey with greater clarity and confidence.

To explore your options and create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your unique needs and circumstances, schedule an appointment with Boca Fertility by phone or request an appointment online today.


A Comprehensive Overview of the IVF Process

doctor stands at an ultrasound machine with the ultrasound wand in their hand

doctor stands at an ultrasound machine with the ultrasound wand in their hand

For couples facing infertility, the journey to parenthood can be filled with challenges and uncertainties. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has emerged as a groundbreaking solution, offering hope to those struggling to conceive. In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the IVF process step by step, demystifying the procedure and helping you gain a thorough understanding of what to expect on your path to parenthood.

The IVF process typically begins with an initial consultation with one of our fertility specialists.

During this meeting, you’ll discuss your medical history, previous fertility treatments, and any underlying conditions that might affect the success of IVF. Your doctor will outline the treatment plan, including any required testing, as well as address any questions or concerns. Some required procedures or tests in preparation for IVF may include a high complexity semen analysis or an ovarian reserve assessment

After the initial consultation, the first step in the IVF process is the ovarian stimulation phase. Your fertility specialist will determine which stimulation protocol is best for you, taking into consideration your age, weight, and ovarian reserve assessment indicators. Your fertility specialist will then monitor your progress through blood tests and ultrasounds to ensure the eggs are maturing as expected. An ovulation trigger will be administered after 10 days of ovarian stimulation when the leading follicles containing eggs reach a diameter of 20mm.

Once the eggs have reached the optimal size, a minor surgical procedure called egg retrieval is scheduled. This is a minor procedure using transvaginal ultrasound guidance, performed in our in-office operating room suite. This takes about 15 minutes to complete and is done using intravenous sedation administered by our board-certified anesthesiologist.

After the egg retrieval, you will be given medications to suppress your ovary. Expect to begin your menses in 10-14 days. Meanwhile, all of your embryos making it to day 5-7 in the laboratory will be frozen and transferred one at a time starting with your next menstrual cycle.

We do not transfer fresh embryos, so all embryos are frozen at the blastocyst stage. The frozen embryos will be thawed and transferred in the subsequent cycle.

Now that your eggs have been removed from your ovaries, the next step is for the embryologist to prepare your eggs and the male sperm for fertilization. This can be done through traditional insemination or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. After fertilization, the embryos are monitored for development. 

The dishes containing the eggs and sperm are placed in embryo incubators. A computer controlled system precisely regulates temperature, oxygen and CO2 levels within the incubators conducive for embryonic growth.

The eggs will be checked 24 hours later to see how many of them were fertilized. You will receive a daily briefing from the IVF nurse coordinator, informing you of the embryos development.

The resulting embryos are cultured in a controlled environment for several days, typically five or six. During this time, the embryologist assesses their quality and selects the healthiest embryos for transfer. Any additional embryos may be frozen for future use.

The doctor will discuss with you the number of embryos to be transferred. In general, only one embryo is transferred. The embryo transfer is not painful and takes only a moment to accomplish.

Your pregnancy test will be performed 9 days after the embryo transfer.

If the blood test confirms pregnancy, you’ll continue to work with your fertility specialist to monitor the pregnancy’s progress. If successful, you’ll transition to regular prenatal care with an obstetrician.

The IVF process can be challenging, both emotionally and physically, but it has provided hope and joy to countless families worldwide. Understanding the steps involved can alleviate some of the uncertainty and anxiety that often accompanies infertility. It’s important to remember that IVF outcomes can vary, and multiple cycles may be necessary to achieve success. Schedule an appointment with a qualified fertility specialist at Boca Fertility who can tailor the treatment plan to your specific needs.