IVF stands for In-Vitro Fertilization. Medicinenet.com defines IVF as a laboratory procedure in which sperm are placed with an unfertilized egg in a Petri dish to achieve fertilization. The embryo is then transferred into the uterus to begin pregnancy. After IVF, pregnancy may not be achieved 100% of the time.
Sometimes, for whatever reason, a couple cannot have a baby. One of the options a couple has is to use In-Vitro Fertilization. Sometimes pregnancy after IVF is just that easy.
The advantage of using IVF and pregnancy over adoption is the baby is biologically yours and not someone else’s. With adoption, you may not know the family history and you may not have the ability to contact the family regarding questions or concerns that arise. With pregnancy after IVF, you have the advantage of complete access to your own family medical history.
A downside to hoping to achieve pregnancy after IVF is the risk. With IVF, pregnancy is not always guaranteed. The procedure may not work and that means that not only did you waste the money, but you also wasted the eggs. If you are limited on the number of eggs, then this could be a problem.
Another downside to an IVF pregnancy is that, since you will have three or four eggs implanted, you may have more than one child. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. If you use IVF, more than likely you would have to do it again if you wanted another child. If you had twins or triplets, you probably wouldn’t have a need for another pregnancy after IVF.
The waiting time can be another factor you must consider. It could take three or four weeks before you know if the procedure was a success. Of course this is a wait that you would have to go through no matter what, so that shouldn’t stop you from considering this option.
IVF is something that couples should consider when they have tried to get pregnant for a year or longer. It could be the only option left for you to still have a baby that is just like you. Discuss this option with your doctor and learn about all the risks and advantages involved in IVF and pregnancy before you make the final decision.