By Paul J.O'Brien B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Adv. Dip. OBB, Cert Clin. Med, Cert.CHM, M.AFPA, M.ETCMA, M.C.Th.A.
The Risks of IVF are numerous, and sadly poorly explained to new patients. In this article I will give you the facts as the risks of IVF are genuine and serious.
While a large part of my practice is supporting IVF procedures I spend a great deal of time focused on minimising the terrible side effects and long term damage the procedure can induce such as bleeding, infection, and damage to the bowel or other organs from the process. This is not to mention the emotional impact the process inflicts. In addition there are other concerns, for instance Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). This condition affects up to 10%-20% of women who undergo IVF.
The symptoms of OHSS can be mild to severe. In mild cases, a woman may suffer from bloating, mild pain or cramping, and weight gain. The severe cases cause significant weight gain (for instance, gaining 10+ pounds in a few days), shortness of breath, and severe pain or swelling in the abdomen and even death.
And why risk that in this case?
What success does IVF promise?
It's not a great result as you'll see in the next article...but for now let me briefly summarise the possible dangers of IVF...
The Risks and Side Effects of IVF begin with the medications provided in Steps 1 of the IVF process. You can learn more about the entire IVF Treatment process - here.
For a detailed explanation and guide to IVF drugs you can find a complete list in my book, "Before IVF", but for now I’m just going to give you the quickfire summary of the common IVF Drug Side Effects:
Menopausal Symptoms including:
The Risks of IVF also include:
And these are just the complications that can be cause by the medications...there's still the risks of IVF physical procedures...
Although you may need to take it easy after the procedure, most women can resume normal activities the following day. However the risks from the physical procedures can include the following:
Of course the most serious IVF Risk is found in Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) which I cover in detailed in "Before IVF". In the next article I'll examine the reason for these risks, the success rate of IVF...Click here to continue.
If you’re trying for a family or planning on going through IVF, ICSI IUI, or have been through failed rounds, from poor egg growth, fertilization failure, sperm quality issues, miscarriage etc, and want to give this round the best possible shot of success and dramatically improve your fertility and reproductive health, to have a happy healthy baby, then …