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29/May/2020

Time is of utmost importance if you’re considering undergoing fertility treatments. Women who have been trying to conceive for over six months to a year should not delay their fertility treatments, because the chances of conceiving may plunge even more as time passes.

But why would a couple delay such treatments if they eventually want a baby? Maybe they don’t want to step out of their comfort zone, there’s a fear of the unknown, a thought of financial pressure, fear of failure, etc. Patients also delay going to a fertility expert and seeking treatment for infertility issues as they are unclear of what options are available or they are going on living in a hope that they would get pregnant on their own or naturally. Believe it or not, the first step in the infertility journey is to acknowledge or accept your infertility! Don’t let fear sway your decisions and keep you from conceiving and growing your family. Now, is the right time – this time will not come back.

Here’s why you should not delay your infertility treatment:

Age affects both female and male fertility: Infertility is your inability to get pregnant after a year of trying, but in the case of women over 35 years of age, if they are not able to conceive after six months of trying, then it’s infertility. As age advances, both the quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs diminish. So, if you are in your mid-30’s, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Timely treatment can enhance your chances of a healthy pregnancy and then delivering a baby successfully.

Studies have proven that the quality and the count of the sperm also start to go down as a man’s age advances. An older man may also have a higher chance of DNA damage in his sperm. These abnormalities may lead to the birth of a child who might have congenital disabilities or psychiatric conditions and might also amplify the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy.

Preserve your fertility at a younger age: Women are born with their total amount of eggs and they cannot create more eggs throughout their life; this is termed as the ovarian reserve. If you choose to go with infertility treatment like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or maybe elective egg freezing, then eggs and embryos are preserved at the age of treatment and you may decide to delay your pregnancy. These eggs and embryos that are frozen can be used at a later time so that you can conceive successfully.

Timing of treatment: We, at Grace Fertility, understand that fertility treatments just can’t be conducted at any time. We plan your fertility treatment as per your menstrual cycle and when your body is ready. At, you might have to wait before your treatment begins. Your infertility treatment could take time depending on your medical history. For example, in case if you do not have a period or are not having a regular monthly cycle, then we make a treatment plan as per your individual needs.

Fertility testing involves time: As a first step, a series of tests are performed for finding the root cause of infertility and what treatment will be best for you. Some of these tests would be timed with your monthly cycle (for example, the blood test that is drawn on the third day of the menstrual cycle for testing the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol (E2), and luteinizing hormone (LH)). Your partner might also undergo a semen analysis and you might have to get some additional tests done depending on your specific health history.

 

Infertility treatment requires some time and patience: Infertility treatment takes some time, but it is definitely worth it when you get a positive outcome. It can be tough to get pregnant when you are suffering from infertility. Some couples also find it tough in conceiving the second time or when they are trying for their second child, which is called secondary infertility. So, if you consult a doctor and start your fertility treatment on time, then you will get closer to your dream of parenthood and there will be lesser chances of complications.

Infertility treatment may not be quick, but it is completely worth it

Conceiving is not always a quick or fast process, but starting your fertility journey sooner, rather than later, would mean that you will be able to hold your bundle of joy in your arms that much sooner.

We, at Grace Fertility Centre, are fervently committed to assisting you in starting or expanding your family in a loving and caring environment. Our team holds your hand through your fertility journey and helps and guides you one step at a time. Book an appointment today for a consultation or initial screening and don’t delay your chances of becoming pregnant.

 


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25/May/2020

In Vitro Fertilization or IVF is a miraculous blessing for many women who have been suffering from infertility. But as IVF doesn’t guarantee a 100% success rate, if you aren’t successful on your first IVF cycle, it’s not the end of the world.

When a couple decides to undergo an IVF treatment, they are usually very hopeful of being successful in the first attempt itself. However, the success of the treatment depends on a lot of factors and therefore, it could take more than one cycle of IVF to conceive successfully.

How many cycles of IVF should you undergo?

IVF does take some emotional, physical, and financial toll. Thus, a couple getting this treatment should have a mindset that they might need to undergo more than one IVF cycle. As per statistics, a woman in her 30s, using her own eggs in an IVF treatment is likely to have more than 70% chance of getting pregnant within three completed attempts – if she has sufficient ovarian reserve (which means the ability to produce multiple follicles or eggs in response to gonadotropin stimulation), has a male partner who is fertile (or goof quality sperm from a sperm donor) with access to motile sperm, and has a healthy and receptive uterus which can develop a satisfactory uterine lining. However, women who are 40, but meet the same criteria, will have only half that chance (say about 35%- 40%).

Unfortunately, there are always some cases, who despite the best effort in an IVF treatment do not succeed to conceive easily. So, if your fertility expert uncovers the reason for repeated IVF failure in a woman, then it is justified to continue trying more IVF cycles with a well-defined and new approach that can address the cause for prior failures.

However, if conventional IVF has failed to bring in a successful result, then other options are recommended like ovum donation or IVF surrogacyshould be considered.

So, if you choose to undergo IVF, you must view the entire treatment procedure with an optimistic mind and be emotionally prepared to cope up with the possibility of failure. If your first couple of IVF cycles fail, you must consider talking to some support group or other patients going through the infertility journey to stay motivated and understand how it could take time but you still have chances to succeed. You should also consult your fertility expert and understand what could be the medical reasons of IVF cycle failure in your case and what should be the course of action.

So, it is very essential for IVF patients to realize right from the onset that an inability to have a child or conceive successfully is never a reflection of them as an individual. Having said that, do remember that there is no upper limit to how many IVF cycles should be taken, but persistently trying is the golden rule of success in an IVF treatment.


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23/May/2020

When you are undergoing fertility treatments – specifically IVF – the two-week wait after the embryo transfer and till the first pregnancy test is the most nerve wracking. It really seems like the longest, most stressful two weeks of one’s life. Women undergoing IVF treatment say that they feel helpless because they have no control over the situation.

But as someone has rightly said, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

So, it’s important to stay positive and upbeat. The first step is to acknowledge that anyone would feel anxious and that is normal. But it’s also important to understand that by stressing over the result endlessly, you create so much internal conflict. At such a time, you need to be kinder to yourselves.

Some Coping Strategies and Tips

It’s obvious that when one has to wait to hear the “news”, can be very exhausting and is like being on a rollercoaster of fear and hope. So here are some coping strategies or survival tips that will be helpful to you during the two-week wait:

  • Limit the number of people you share everything with: Yes, it’s better to have just a close circle of people with whom you share about your cycle and tell them that you will share the outcome too. Some couples go around telling their relatives and friends thinking no news is bad news. But that actually adds to the stress when so many people start enquiring about the result and add to your stress.
  • Keep yourself occupied: The two-week wait is difficult as time just seems to drag, and it can be very tough not to obsess over what will happen. But by keeping your mind busy, you can stay distracted from the situation. Take your pick – do some creative pursuits like art or crafts, painting, knitting, photography, singing, or cooking. Just make sure that you are busy with these activities, which can also prove to be quite relaxing.
  • Organize and declutter: Use this time to organize your home as if you’ve never organized before. Clean and de-clutter your drawers, closets, your book shelfs, and distract yourself as much as possible. Involve your partner in organizing and re-decorating your home and enjoy the fresh look and stress-free living space that you get out of your efforts.
  • Plan a TV marathon: If you never got time to watch all those Netflix series that your friends keep talking about, then this is the time. Catch up all the TV shows you have been meaning to watch. Plan a movie marathon with your partner and enjoy the time together. Not only will that take your mind off your situation but will also help you and your partner to bond. So just curl up on that cozy sofa together and forget about your worries or outcome after the two-week wait.
  • Limit your Google time: Stay away from the temptation of going to Google for every single pregnancy symptom you feel during the two-week wait. You might feel light cramping similar to period cramps maybe till beta pregnancy test; but remember – every person has different symptoms. Also, as early pregnancy symptoms could be quite similar to PMS symptoms, Googling wouldn’t help as much and may confuse or frustrate you even more. So, refrain from doing that altogether.
  • Set aside time for your partner: You should decide some time when you can talk to your partner about how you feel. Discuss with your partner what all could be done if the news is not positive. Make plans to handle the situation – will you like to go out to eat or maybe for a movie to distract yourself or would you prefer being left alone? Discuss about the next steps of treatment or options available. Remember that your partner can’t read your mind; so, it’s important to talk.
  • Practice mindfulness and meditate: When you’re going through this tough phase of the two-week long wait, it’s hard to focus on the present moment, as you are only thinking about the future and if you will conceive or not. Mindfulness enables us to shift our thoughts from any past events or thinking about future and rather focus on the present moment. It takes time to master it, but deep breathing and calming yourself mentally will help you do it. This way, you will be able to change the negative thoughts and can turn your thinking pattern into something positive.
  • Enjoy life: Lastly and most importantly, try to enjoy life as much as possible. Remember, this time won’t come back. Try to be happy about moment you are in. Be positive and optimistic and stay relaxed. Keep affirming to yourself that, whatever will happen, you will still be okay.

So never ever lose hope. Tomorrow could be that day you have been waiting for!


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