#Adiatalks recap – Let’s talk IVF
26th November 2019
Since its creation in 1978, more than 8 million babies have been born with IVF (in-vitro fertilisation). It’s one of the most common but often misunderstood fertility treatments currently available. For our sixth digital meetup, Lina teamed up with our fertility expert Dr Linda Farahani to answer your questions about the treatment itself, as well as sharing tips and insights to help our community navigate their journey.
What did we learn?
We started this meet up with an introduction to IVF – which in its simplest form is the removal of eggs from the ovaries which are then fertilised by sperm in a lab. One or two embryos are then returned to the womb to implant, grow and develop. Although the process is relatively straightforward, Linda explained the importance of being emotionally prepared and supported throughout the journey as each stage can yield both positive and negative outcomes. This is especially important as many individuals and couples who embark on IVF have experienced an already taxing fertility journey. Around 32% of couples with unexplained infertility find success through IVF, with the rest exploring other avenues to grow their family.
In light of this variability in outcomes, many members of our community who joined the meetup asked about maximising success rates at each stage, from using stimulated or natural egg retrieval, fresh or frozen embryos and whether batching (having back-to-back egg revival cycles) is worth it or not.
In response to Dawn’s question on choosing between fresh or frozen embryos, Linda informed us that current evidence does point to better success rates using frozen embryos, though there is more to this figure than meets the eye. She explained that this result comes down to the fact that embryos are screened before they are frozen so ultimately only ‘good’ embryos will be transferred. This is not to say that you should not go through another round of egg harvesting though, particularly if you are getting older and would like the opportunity to collect more eggs. On a side note, there is currently a multi-centre trial going on at the moment to get a better idea of the implications of one over the other, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results of this once published.
Drawing on her work with clients, Linda took us through the latest research, and pros and cons of other methods but ultimately concluded there is no one size fits all when it comes to IVF. Much will depend on your individual situation, the services offered by your chosen clinic and your financial situation.
Linda and Lina ended the meetup answering questions on how to best prepare for IVF treatment – which is similar to conceiving through other methods: through optimising your physical, mental and emotional health. This should include a mixture of maintaining a well-balanced diet, supplemented with prenatal vitamins (folic acid and vitamin D) and making healthy lifestyle choices, as well as finding ways to relax, rest and destress. Whether conceiving through IVF or otherwise, preconception planning is important in improving both the short and longer term health of mother and baby.
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Thinking of IVF
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Join Linda on this 4-week course to prepare for your IVF journey.
Go through the expert-written modules at your own pace, connect with other participants in our private Facebook Community Group and get your questions answered in group digital meetups and 1-1 chats with Linda.
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Until next time!