Common Myths About IVF

1. IVF is the only option available for couples trying to conceive. 

There are many assisted reproductive procedures available including timed intercourse, IUI (intra-uterine insemination), ovulation induction and others.  IVF is only one of the treatments available.  Talk to your fertility doctor to determine which is right for you.

2. IVF is for young people

It is true that age does play a role in fertility, however, IVF can be successful for women in a wide range of ages.  For women who are in the older age range, IVF with donor eggs is an option.

3. IVF leads to a multiple pregnancy

While there are cases of multiple pregnancies through IVF, the risk is contained by transferring the least amount of embryos, ideally one.  The decision on how many embryos to transfer is one that you and your partner will be making, along with your fertility doctor.  Ultimately, the doctor will only transfer what is safe and ethical.

4. Special Diets can improve IVF success

We like all of our patients to follow a well-balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, but also to be aware that there is no one diet or special food that will increase the chance of an IVF cycle being successful.  There is, however, a connection between a woman’s BMI and fertility.  A BMI of 30 or over, in addition to being unhealthy, can significantly impact the success of an IVF cycle.

5. IVF will diminish your egg pool, and cause you to enter menopause at an earlier age.

Each month the body chooses 10-20 follicles, one of which grows while the rest die and get reabsorbed into the body. The purpose of the ovarian stimulation medications used during IVF is to allow the 10-20 eggs that would otherwise die, to grow and be used to achieve pregnancy. This does not impact the other eggs a woman may have.

6. It is better to lose weight and be healthy before starting an IVF cycle.

This may or may not be true.  If the egg count is low it is very important to start treatment sooner rather than later.  Waiting to improve your weight may not improve your chances of success, because egg quality, and therefore success rates, can decline rapidly.