Why Everyone's IVF Journey Is Different

In-Vitro Fertilization is the process of fertilization that involves manual extraction of ova and sperms then manually combining them in the laboratory. The formed embryo is then transferred into the uterus for development. It is a form of assisted fertilization for couples and individuals who struggle to conceive naturally.

Although the process involves similar procedures and mechanisms, everyone’s IVF journey is different. This can be explained by several factors discussed below.

Every Embryo is Different
Every sperm, ovum and the resulting combination (embryo) is different. Therefore, every IVF is different because they use different eggs and sperms. The DNA in the eggs and sperms is unique, which makes each embryo unique. The development of the embryos is also different because of this. As a result, the successes, challenges and experiences for the different people or even the same person with different embryos will also be different.

The Outcomes of IVF are Different
The success rates of IVF differ. This is influenced by several factors such as age of the mother, ovarian reserve, infertility diagnosis and lifestyles. Body mass index has been shown to adversely affect pregnancy. Since different women going through IVF have different lifestyles, they are affected by these factors differently. This makes their IVF journeys different.

The Procedures and Medications Vary
Some of the women undergoing IVF go for the short protocol while others go for the long protocol, depending on their bodies. The short protocol is faster as it is started between the second and fourth day of the natural cycle. Injections are carried out for eight to fifteen days with egg collection following immediately. Five days of egg development follow where the egg is transferred. This is followed by two weeks to tell whether the procedure was successful.

On the other hand, taking birth control pills is a must in the long protocol. This makes the entire process 2 to 4 weeks longer. Therefore, women who undergo long protocol experience a different IVF journey from those under the short protocol.

Emotional Differences
Since the IVF procedure is not a guarantee to pregnancy, there are different emotional attachments and experiences for different women. The success rate is between 20 to 35 percent. When the first attempt fails, the couple may feel discouraged. Other couples may be on their fourth or even fifth attempt without success. Being used to this routine makes them able to deal with it than the first timers, especially those who are more hopeful. The different emotions are also dictated by how informed the couples are and their expectations on the whole procedure.

Although the IVF principles are common in all IVF procedures, different couples have different experiences when going through IVF. These differences are as a result of differences in embryos, outcomes, emotions and expectations. The procedures and medications also vary among the women making the entire journey unique for each couple. Despite these differences, some similarities may be seen with different couples bringing in assurance.

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