Female fertility declines with age and it is always advisable to take precautions for couples who are planning to become pregnant. Some of the major precautions that should be taken are as follows:
Women who are planning for pregnancy should avoid liquor
Get into shape and achieve desired body mass index
Take healthy diet (low carbohydrates, high proteins and minerals)
Drink plenty of water (up to 2-3 litres)
Before attempting pregnancy it is advisable to ensure that you have:
Antibodies against Rubella
Blood sugar and thyroid levels are under control
Checks done to ensure that you are not a carrier of Thallasemia
You don’t have any untreated medical illness like heart diseases or hypertension.
Q. If I conceive, will my baby be normal?
A. Studies have shown that there is no increased risk of abnormality in IVF conceived babies compared to those conceived naturally.
Q. What are the precautions I should take after the IVF procedure?
A. The procedure demands no special precautions, but avoid strenous activity. We advise the patients to be mentally & physically relaxed as much as possible. You can return to work if you wish, but fist prefer to have a few days rest.
Q. What if IVF fails the first time? How many times will I have to undergo the same procedure?
A. You can go through IVF as many times as you wish, but we advise up to five cycles at the most.
Q. Is IVF the last option?
A. IVF is the option, which has highest success rate and is also the most expensive. But, it is not “end of the road”. Many women have conceived naturally or with intrauterine insemination, even after IVF. However, for those with blocked tubes & very poor sperm counts, it is only option.
Q. Is IVF very expensive?
A. IVF is not as expensive as percieved in general. Generally, the cost of IVF cycle depends upon the dose of drugs that would be needed for ovarian stimulation. It is only as expensive as perhaps gall stone removal or removal of uterus surgery.
Q. Do we need to get admitted in the IVF process?
A. A patient undergoing IVF does not require admission. However, one should visit the center 3-5 times during monitoring cycle. On the day of egg collection, the patient would need to fast for 6 hours & come to clinic (the procedure takes about half an hour). Patients can go home after the effect of anaesthesia weans off which takes about 2-3 hours. The next scheduled visit is after 2-3 days for the embryo transfer, which again takes about half an hour and patients are free to go home after resting for one hour.