5 IVF Myths That Just Aren’t True
If you’re struggling to conceive, IVF has probably crossed your mind. But is it likely to work? Does it drain your bank account? And will you end up with quintuplets? Here, five common myths to stop believing right now.
Myth: There's a 40 percent success rate
When it comes to IVF, there’s a ton a gray area, making it basically impossible to predict its success, which depends on a ton of factors, from maternal age to the number and quality of the eggs transferred. The American Pregnancy Association notes that the success rate diminishes with age. Women under 35 years old have a 41 to 43 percent chance of having a baby after an IVF cycle, while women over 40 have a 13 to 18 percent chance—but as with any medical procedure, your odds have to do with your body and situation.
Myth: It costs $30,000
We’re not gonna sugarcoat it: It’s expensive. But going through IVF doesn’t have to bankrupt you. Per the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the average cost of an IVF cycle is between $10,000 and $15,000 and depends on insurance coverage, patient characteristics and where you’re receiving treatment. Fifteen states currently have laws that require insurers to cover some forms of infertility diagnosis and treatment. Bear in mind that you'll end up paying more if you're freezing eggs in advance—typically about $10,000 per freezing and thawing cycle.
Myth: You'll probably have twins
While you’re more likely to have multiples if you conceived with IVF (about 40 percent of IVF deliveries are multiples, per the American Society for Reproductive Medicine), it’s certainly not a given. According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, “Multiple pregnancy is more common in women who utilize fertility medications to undergo ovulation induction or superovulation.” Columbia Fertility Associates notes that this is because most women (along with their doctors) choose to have more than one embryo transferred in order to increase their chances of implantation.
Myth: All the hormones you're on will make you crazy
Contrary to popular belief, not all hormones will turn you into an unpredictable, emotional mess. For example, IVF hormones are heavy in estrogen, and shouldn't throw your mood out of whack. Dr. Lisa Hasty, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist, told Yahoo, "Estrogen is a 'happy hormone,' and IVF drugs raise its presence in the body."
Myth: IVF is super common
This one surprised us, since it seems like we know so many couples going through the experience. In reality, in vitro fertilization accounts for less than 3 percent of infertility services, says the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Far more common are things like intrauterine insemination (IUI), zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). In short, talk to your doc before assuming you have to go down the road to IVF.