17 Myths About IVF and Infertility

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Needle used for IVF in CyprusThere are many popular myths about infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and fertility treatments in general. These myths give couples a hard time to make proper research, make the right decision and seek professional help.

As a result, they may wait too long before they seek help from a fertility specialist. And many of these myths about IVF and infertility are started by individuals who are outside of the fertility community.

What is Infertility?

Infertility in Cyprus is defined as the inability to get pregnant after 12 months of regular sexual intercourse without birth control if you are under 35 or six months if you are over 35. Infertility is also when you are unable to carry a pregnancy to full term.

What is IVF in Cyprus?

IVF in Cyprus is a method of assisted reproduction that involves collecting eggs from your ovaries and fertilizing them with sperm in our lab. After fertilization happens, the eggs develop into embryos. Three to five days later, the embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus with the intent to establish a pregnancy.

Myths About IVF and Infertility

What are the most popular myths and misconceptions about infertility, IVF and ART (assisted reproduction technology) treatment?

Women are to be blamed for infertility

Infertility is a problem of both sexes — women and men equally. Infertility occurs in about one third of men and another third percent in women around the world. The remaining third is a mixture of both male and female factors or unknown causes (unexplained infertility).

As Long As The Man Is Able To Produce Sperm, He Is Fertile

The problem with male factor infertility is that sometimes it doesn’t generate obvious or visible signs. The ability to produce sperm alone is not accountable for a successful conception and pregnancy. In this case, it is recommendable for the male partner to do a semen analysis and additional testing to determine if there are any abnormalities present in the sperm shape, count and motility. Sperm issues are the primary cause of male infertility. Ejaculation dysfunction is another symptom of infertility. Ejaculation problems may be a result of a variety of physical and psychological problems.

Young Men And Women Can’t Be Infertile

While it’s true that the older you get, the more likely you are to face infertility, young men and women can also struggle with infertility. Age is only one factor that causes infertility.  Almost 1 in 10 women face infertility even before they reach age 30.

IVF Is Not Affected By Age

You may delay having children for a number of reasons. Age is an important factor to consider if you want to get pregnant with or without IVF. If your eggs are no longer viable for fertilization, you may be recommended Egg donation Cyprus or Embryo donation Cyprus. Both treatments use high quality donor eggs or embryos, which can help you improve your chances of conception with IVF.

IVF Leads to Multiples

Contrary to popular belief, IVF is the least likely to result in a high-order pregnancy (triplets or quadruplets). Depending on the quality of your embryos, our doctor will advise you on the number of embryos for transfer. The goal is to establish a successful pregnancy and minimize the risks associated with multiples. However,  there is still a chance of having twins. High-order pregnancies are much more common in IUI Cyprus treatment than in IVF cycles.

If You Already Have a Kid, You Will Most Probably Get Pregnant Again

You might have had no difficulty conceiving a first or even a second child, but you may not be able to get pregnant again. This is known as secondary infertility.  A previous pregnancy is more likely to lead to conception of another child, but it doesn’t guarantee fertility success. Age is a major factor for secondary infertility to happen, but sometimes a new medical condition develops or an existing one gets worse over time. In other cases a previous pregnancy may cause infertility due to surgical complications or infection after childbirth.

Diet and Lifestyle Changes Can Help You Cure Infertility

A healthier diet can help you conceive, but it won’t cure infertility. Diet is necessary for providing your body with nutrients and maintaining a healthy body weight. If you have blocked fallopian tubes or your partner is struggling with sperm problems, diet alone cannot help you.

Similarly,  lifestyle changes can also significantly reduce infertility, but they won’t resolve your problem. Quitting smoking can improve your chances of getting pregnant since it is estimated that smokers need to undergo more IVF cycles to reach pregnancy success. However, most infertility issues can’t be easily resolved by a lifestyle or diet change.

Herbs and Supplements Are Harmless 

There are supplements that can improve fertility, but not enough to cure infertility. Natural remedies are not harmless. They can sometimes interact with other medications and cause side effects. Another concern is that natural supplements are not regulated by the state so no one can guarantee they are safe to use.

If you are currently taking any herbal supplement, please talk to our fertility specialist to make sure they are not adding an obstacle to your fertility success.

Stress Causes Infertility

Stress can make things worse, but stress alone does not cause infertility or treatment failure. Emotional distress does not impact IVF outcome. The myth that stress causes infertility or unsuccessful IVF treatment places additional responsibility for women and makes them feel guilty if the IVF cycle fails.

Science And Good Health Can Extend The biological Clock In Women

Educated professional women who delay childbearing and choose to pursue a career instead believe that medical treatments and good health can extend the biological clock . There isn’t a way to naturally extend the biological clock, and science can’t halt the inevitable decline of fertility in women after the age of 32, with a steep decline after age 37. If you want to preserve your fertility, there is a way you can do it through oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing Cyprus). You can freeze your eggs at an age when the eggs are still of high quality.

IVF Is For Everyone

During IVF, sperm and eggs are combined together in our lab, and the resulting embryos are transferred to your uterus. People can sometimes have unrealistic expectations and incomplete information about IVF. Depending on your medical condition that is causing infertility and your age, you may actually benefit more from egg donation or other fertility treatment offered at the euroCARE IVF center in North Cyprus.

Cough Medicine Improves Your Chances of Pregnancy

Cough medicine contains guaifenesin which is believed to boost fertility by thinning the cervical mucus. This can help sperm reach the egg more easily. However, there’s not enough scientific evidence to prove that guaifenesin improves your chances of pregnancy.

IVF Is The Same Treatment At Every Clinic

High-qualified fertility doctors and a cutting-edge IVF lab are essential in providing you with quality fertility care and positive outcomes. IVF success rates at euroCARE IVF are another aspect you might consider when choosing a fertility clinic. You can also find information about the training and experience of our medical team. We reach pregnancy success in 8 out of 10 cases. We offer a range of fertility treatments and treatment plans tailored to your needs.

Pineapple Improves Implantation

Another myth is that eating pineapple can improve the chances of embryo implantation. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that fights inflammation naturally. However, there’s no proof that pineapple improves implantation.

Infertility Isn’t That Common

1 in 8 couples in the U.S., and 1 in 7 couples in the UK, are affected by infertility. If you’re under 35 and have been actively trying to conceive for a year without success, it’s time to make an appointment with our fertility specialist. If you’re over 35, you will need only six months to wait before seeking medical help.

IVF Is Only Used For Treating Infertility

Along with IVF in Cyprus, you may be advised to have PGS (Preimplantation genetic screening) Cyprus or PGD (Preimplantation genetic diagnosis) in Cyprus performed on your embryos before transfer. If you or your partner carry a genetic disorder or have a family history of such a genetic disorder,  PGS or PGD can help you prevent the genetic condition from being passed onto your child. Our clinic is committed to the advancement of IVF and research in the field of reproductive medicine. We offer you customized treatment plans that provide you with a solution for your infertility problem and offer a safe way to having a healthy baby.

A Final Word From euroCARE IVF

We hope our post has helped you to shatter some widely held myths about IVF in Cyprus, infertility and age. We understand you may have many more questions relating to your case and the treatment options available at our leading fertility clinic in Cyprus. Get in touch with our patient coordinators to discuss your options and the details about your next fertility treatment in Cyprus.

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