Disadvantages of In Vitro Fertilization
Any medical procedure carries a certain degree of risk. In vitro fertilization is no exception. Because hormonal levels are being manipulated in the woman, there is a slight risk of a condition known as "Ovarian Hyper stimulation Syndrome," or an over-stimulation of the ovaries. A woman may feel nauseated or experience a lack of appetite. In more severe cases, the gastrointestinal symptoms may be more pronounced. The symptoms however, soon resolve themselves.
During the procedure, more than one embryo is typically implanted to increase the success rate. However, there is a risk more than one embryo will implant, leading to multiple births.This can be a major disadvantage if you and your partner are unprepared for this situation. Statistics show that nearly two-thirds of births were of a single baby.
Another thing to consider is the cost. In vitro fertilization is not often the first choice for many couples because of this factor. The cost of in vitro fertilization may range upwards of $12,000 or more. Before moving forward, you may want to consult with your insurance company to see what expenses may be covered. Unfortunately, financial barriers may make this procedure inappropriate for some couples.
Other issues surround personal feelings. If viable sperm or eggs cannot be retrieved, you may be forced to consider a donor. Some couples may be uncomfortable with this prospect. It also adds a legal aspect which may further affect your thoughts.
In vitro fertilization may not be the ideal method for all couples and causes of infertility. It does offer another choice for couples wishing to conceive. A frank discussion with your doctor can help you and your partner decide if in vitro fertilization is right for you.
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