The Disadvantages Of IVF Or In Vitro Fertilization

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IVF or In Vitro Fertilization means fertilization in glass, which involves fertilization of a woman’s egg by a man’s sperm outside of the body and in a lab. In general, IVF offers the highest chance for conception. For many couples, a single attempt of IVF is more likely to be successful than many months of other treatments.

The Advantages of IVF are:
1. It helps infertile couple to have a baby of their own (with their own eggs and sperm)
2. Unless donor egg or donor sperm is used, the DNA will be that of intended parents only
The Disadvantages of IVF are:
1. IVF can result in undesired multiple births i.e delivery of more than 1 baby. This is more likely in ivf treatment than naturally because clinics and doctors tend to transfer more than 1 embryo in the womb so that the chances of successful delivery is higher
2. IVF can result in Overian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. In ivf, ovaries of intended mother (or egg donor) are stimulated to produce more than 1 high quality eggs. The hormones and drugs used to stimulate ovaries, can have side effects leading to condition called overian hyperstimulation syndrome
3. Ectopic pregnancy : IVF can lead to Ectopic pregnancy in which the pregnancy occurs outside the uterus
4. IVF success rates are much lower than 100%. IVF success rate depends on various factors like the age of female, quality of eggs, quality of sperms, quality of uterus etc. The success rate decrease with the age of female partner. The average success rate is 25 to 30%

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