After IVF, Persistence Needed For Successful Pregnancy

With most women undergoing a normal problem free pregnancy, some females have to deal with the news that they cannot conceive normally. This can happen owing to infertility issues with either of the partners. For such cases, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) has appeared as a boon. IVF involves manual fertilization of an egg by a sperm in a laboratory dish, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus. It might not be able to guarantee a successful pregnancy but the couple should not lose hope.

According to a study conducted by a team of researchers from the universities of Bristol and Glasgow, people undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment need persistence for a successful pregnancy. Published in The American Medical Association, the study researchers highlighted that the process is not a ‘single shot’ and an estimate of six attempts is needed by a couple who opt for in vitro fertilization. The study also revealed that the odds of having a successful pregnancy are increased with the increase in the number of attempts. This comes as good news for the couples who have been trying for a long time and have started looking towards the idea of giving up.

For the study, the researchers enrolled women who underwent in vitro fertilization treatment. The findings of the study revealed that the live birth rate found for the first cycle was 29.5% in all women. The rate remained above 20% up to and including the fourth cycle for women under 40. It was also found that among them, 65% of women achieved a live birth by the sixth cycle.

The repeated news of an unsuccessful procedure can cause a lot of mental stress to the couple. To relieve this stress, the couple need to stay strong for each other and they can also consult health care/mental health specialists or talk to other couples who might be going through something similar. According to Dr. Owen K. Davis, the president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, “The take-home message is your prognosis doesn’t fall off a cliff if it didn’t work after three or four cycles”.

There are several health care centres in India that provide IVF services. It should be kept in mind that Indian law does not allow the use of prenatal genetic diagnostic techniques to find out the sex of the fetus.

Source : Health Daily Digest (via Syndication)

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