So if you’ve decided to go down the IVF route, you’ve no doubt been plagued with doubts, or worse yet, have read some horror stories. While those tales abound, especially in regards to the fertility medications and IVF procedures, not to mention costs, many of those tales of woe are simply not indicative of what is really going on out in the world of IVF. In fact, a study in the Journal of Human Reproduction (Oxford) emphatically states that the IVF medications and infertility treatments that are currently on the market are among the best and safest in the world.
Myth #1: The IVF Drugs Will Make You Crazy
Who you are prior to the shots is who you will be while you are on the shots. Researchers have done decades of testing on this one, so if you tend to be a bit “excitable” anyway, you are going to be the same way, regardless. If you are a calm individual, then you will remain so while going through the cycles of IVF drugs and therapies.
Myth #2: All IVF Meds are the Same
This can be a costly and devastating mistake. They are NOT the same. Opting for a generic over a namebrand can be a high dollar lesson learned when they don’t work. Numerous studies abound indicating that the percentages increase substantially when couples used the namebrand versus the generics. Additionally, it has come to light in recent years that those IVF medications that are being manufactured in India and China are also less effective and predictable as compared to those which are produced in Europe and other parts of the world. IVF medications, where they come from, and what their formulations are do matter, and so in that regard, they are NOT all the same.
Myth #3: Online IVF Medication Pharmacies are Dangerous
This myth is partially true if you don’t do some homework. The reputable online pharmacies have been in business for many years, are certified by the Israel Ministry of Health, and only offer namebrand fertility drugs to their customers. Those discount fertility drug companies that offer low cost IVF drugs, without a prescription should be avoided at all costs. Also it is important to find a company that ships the IVF meds safely and in an manner that will ensure that they arrive at your doorstep in prime condition (some meds have to be refrigerated and kept cool during transit).
Myth #4: No One Understands What It’s Like to Go Through IVF
Most women state that going through IVF treatments is much like running a marathon that seems like it may never end. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Numerous online IVF support groups are out there, and many infertility clinics offer support groups. Now, more than ever, IVF therapies, IVF medications, and IVF clinics are offering all of the help and consideration for women and couples going through this process. It is no longer a “taboo” topic of discussion.
In the end, the bottom line is that you are never going through this alone if don’t want to go it alone, and dealing with the IVF meds, the therapies, the ups and downs of this process are easier shared with trusted friends. In effect, the act of bringing your baby into the world is a team effort, including not just your partner, but a whole group of professionals, IVF medication companies, and those who have gone before you with positive results. There are, more often than not, successes than failures, and that’s no myth.