Written by Pradeep
Men and women both are equally prone to be diagnosed with infertility. The inability to achieve pregnancy within defined time spans considering the woman’s age is defined as Infertility. There are a few facts that one should be aware of before one goes in for fertility treatment. It is important to understand a few things fertility clinics won’t tell you.
These are specifications that should be discussed pro-actively at the time of the Doctor’s visit. Clinics may or may not discuss these relevant facts before commencing of the process artificial conception.
There is a sense of falling down a rabbit hole when beginning fertility treatment. Even if your doctor tells you everything you need to know, it’s still difficult to know exactly what to expect from the process and the results.
Medication is effective when it concerns the treatment of hormonal or structural issues. Problems like fibroids, polycystic ovarian disease, and diminished ovarian reserves are health issues that may be remedied under the guidance of an infertility specialist.
There are chances that a woman’s body undergoes with the passing years. Decline in fertility due to increasing age is an important discussion every Clinic should hold with its patients. In spite of the tremendous advancements in medical techniques, fertility doctors still do not possess the art to change a man or woman’s biology.
The fact stands that a woman’s fertility is at its peak when she is in her twenties. Fertility gradually starts diminishing once she hits her thirties and dips down drastically once she crosses forty. Chances of conceiving are not eliminated though.
All costs associated with treatment should be explained and discussed with the patients before the process starts. From Clinic charges, procedure costs, Doctor’s fees, and cost of medicines to other accompanying expenditures; all these should be discussed in advance. The couple should know beforehand the kind of hit the process would have on their pocket.
The Doctors may first want to try IUI and opt for IVF only if the former does not click. The plan that would be adopted along with timelines and cost details should be shared with the patients before the commencement of fertility treatment.
There are a host of risks associated with assisted reproduction. These are generally not discussed with the patients at length.
A few of these risks include:
The process of IVF is so designed that a female may conceive multiples. This exposes the prospective mother to a risk of increased complications.
There are chances of preterm birth, and low birth weight on one hand whereas the mother also has increased chances of developing postpartum hemorrhage, diabetes, or hypertension induced by pregnancy.
Another factor to be discussed is the health of the child born through assisted reproduction. Unknown factors associated with the risk of the child should also be discussed.
Doctors at the fertility clinic should also throw some light on whether the couple is taking the right course of action by opting for artificial reproduction procedures. Whether the thought of opting for assisted reproduction is coming in at the right time and all possible chances and medication for natural conception have been tried.
They should also counsel if the Doctors and medication resorted to before making it to the clinic have been correct and if there’s anything further that needs to be tried.
Unsuccessful attempts of IUI’s and IVF may be traumatic. The positive and negative outcomes should be discussed in detail at the very outset. Ways of handling the after-effects and accompanying emotional pain should also be a part of the discussion.
Getting much-needed emotional support from near and dear ones when a lady opts for artificial means of conceiving proves to be very useful. The woman would be going through a lot, physically, mentally, and emotionally and support from family and friends would expedite the process of recovery is generally not discussed.
The success rate of any clinic or associated doctors is generally used for advertising purposes and contains data presented in specialist clinical language. Not many women understand the inferences. Every woman expects and should be told her individual chances of conceiving. The number of cycles she would need and what are her own chances of successful conception. Such in-depth individualistic discussion is generally not a part of the doctor-patient interaction.
Couples generally keep trying different processes and medications for conceiving till the time they are not physically, financially, and emotionally drained out. The decision to stop trying is generally made by them. However, these should be suggestions coming in from the Clinic. Clinics are experts handling numerous patients on an everyday basis, hence they are very well aware of the best course to have resorted. The red flag should be raised by them.
Detailed discussion on these topics would enable a couple to proceed with assisted reproduction with complete knowledge and hence would ease out preparation.