What is an IVF pregnancy?
An IVF pregnancy is a pregnancy induced using in vitro fertilization. I know, that doesn’t really answer the question. What is in vitro fertilization then? Even though it sounds complicated, IVF is nothing more than recreating the natural pregnancy process in a laboratory setting. Before you go into exactly how the procedure works, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, this is a great option for those who are having trouble with natural conception. Why?
Because an IVF pregnancy is almost no different front a natural pregnancy. It is the exact same procure as natural conception, but the steps are done in a lab instead of in the uterus (though it can be done in the uterus). However, this causes some issues that you need to keep in mind.
The first of these is that choosing to go with IVF pregnancy CAN cause discomfort. Please understand that it doesn’t always, just that it can. How? A hollow needle is used to remove the eggs from the woman, and the needle CAN cause discomfort for a week or two. Additionally, reinserting the fertilized eggs into the uterus can also cause discomfort that lasts for much longer, but it is rare.
Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a much higher chance of conceiving multiples when you choose
this method. The main reason for this is that the doctor inserts multiple fertilized eggs to increase the chance of one of them attaching to the uterine wall. Obviously, this can mean that more than one egg attaches, thus resulting in more embryos.
For anyone that has had trouble conceiving or can’t conceive traditionally though, the benefits of an IVF pregnancy far outweigh the risks. First of all, it can give a chance to those whom otherwise couldn’t conceive (due to low sperm count for example) by forcing ideal conditions in a laboratory setting. Second, much more medical attention will be paid throughout the pregnancy simply because it is an IVF pregnancy and is considered higher risk (not that there is a higher risk of problems, it is classified that way to ensure more attention).
It also offers a much less stressful method of getting pregnant than all of the chaos of continuing to try naturally: timing egg cycles, times of day, positions, and virtually any other myth or suggestion that might produce a child. Using science allows the process to be much more accurate and much less guesswork, which of course reduces stress (though you’ll still be anxious waiting to see if the eggs attached).
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if IVF pregnancy is right for you or not. While it can be financially expensive, for anyone that really wants to have a child and has struggled trying to conceive naturally; it can quite literally be a blessing. If you still aren’t sure, just talk to a specialist about it to get even more information and see if it could be right for you.