However, being an expensive, time-consuming method and one without 100% assurance of success, there is much more than you need to consider other than money. Here is comprehensive information on what you need to have in mind when considering to have an IVF.
Reasons for Using IVF
Ideally, IVF is a solution for you in case you are in a position where you cannot conceive for some reasons. Some of the infertility reasons that can be solved by IVF are such as:
- When you have problems such as blocked Fallopian tubes
- In a case of low sperm count
- When you wish to avoid passing some inherited disorders to your children
- When one of the partners has been sterilized
- When you have problems with ovulation
People with cancer conditions also have their eggs or sperm frozen before chemotherapy since it can have fertility. They later use IVF after they are done with the treatment. In case you have any of the above conditions, then IVF with be a good consideration. Learn more about IVF and the steps involved here.
Should You Try Other Fertility Treatments First?
Depending on the cause of your infertility, IVF may be the recommended treatment from the word go. However, you could consider other fertility treatments such as surgery, fertility drugs, artificial insemination, and fertility drugs among others before going for IVF.
How to Find the Best IVF Doctor?
Being a major medical process, it is important to ensure that you get the medical team that you are sure of working with. In this case, it is best if the doctor you are currently working with refers you to a fertility expert or an IVF clinic. In Kenya, you will find centers such as the Nairobi West Hospital or Aga Khan hospital among other expert centers where you can get IVF.
Your doctor or the fertility expert will give you information about IVF as well as discuss other treatment options. However, whether to use IVF or not is a personal choice that you should decide on your own.
Questions That You Should Ask Your Doctor for a Better Understanding
- Other treatment options other than IVF
- What is the success rate of IVF in your case?
- Are there bodies that fund the process?
- Is it possible for the treatment to be done by your specialist?
- Are there other treatments and medications to be done after the process?
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Last reviewed March 2019