Motherhood is the most sought-after virtue for a woman. However, when women are unable to conceive on account of any reason or even if they age past the usual conception age, they are doomed in a world of agony and depression.
With technological innovations, motherhood has come easy with various techniques like IUI and IVF, having a baby has become attainable for women of all age groups and health status.
Is it an Artificial Baby?
IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) is an Assisted Reproductive Technique (ART) and not an artificial reproductive technique. There are myths or nomenclatures attached to the procedure that the child born out of IVF is not normal or ‘not completely normal’ because they are a result of the technical expertise of doctors. As the inception of IVF happens in laboratories, people have notions the children are far from normal children. Some even perceive that since IVF babies are not naturally born out of sexual intercourse but out of surgical mechanisms, the IVF babies are different from normal children.
What is the Truth?
IVF may be a different way of conception from normal sexual intercourse, but the IVF children are as normal as other children with respect to their mental and physical attributes and abilities. It is actually impossible to distinguish between IVF babies and other children born naturally. According to the research published in 2002, https://academic.oup.com/humrep/article/17/4/1116/644667, there is no difference in the parent-child relationship and even the child’s psychological development after IVF.
The only difference is between the procedures of conception. While babies are born as a result of fertilization in the womb of the mother as a result of sexual intercourse, the IVF children are conceived differently. In IVF, the sperms and eggs are fertilized in the laboratories under controlled conditions and monitoring by professional doctors. The fusion takes place in test tubes instead of Fallopian tubes of the mother. The doctor inserts the embryo into the uterus of the women through the cervix and the rest of the pregnancy is the same in both the cases.
The reasons for patients increasingly opting for IVF are that either of the partners is infertile. Either the male partner is unable to produce sperms of high quality or quantity or the female partner has infertility issues. She may be unable to produce eggs or the eggs produced may not be high-quality. It may be that she has a blockage in Fallopian tubes. As a result, sexual intercourse doesn’t lead to the formation of embryo and pregnancy. IVF is just an alternate arrangement of fertilization and fusion of eggs if it doesn’t happen naturally.
More than 3 million children are born out of ART ever since the first test-tube baby was born in 1978. Hence it can be observed that there is a stark rise in couples choosing to give birth with the help of ART.
Difference between ‘Natural’ and IVF Pregnancies
The only difference in both pregnancies lies in the fact of knowledge. In the case of IVF, the woman knows she is pregnant in the first two weeks when the embryo is inserted in the cervix, unlike the natural pregnancy where they don’t know if the pregnancy until a month or so. In IVF from 2 weeks to 10 weeks you have to remain under the observation of your doctor a little more than the normal pregnancies. The rest of the pregnancy and symptoms that ensue are absolutely the same for intercourse pregnancies and IVF pregnancies.
How to Choose the Infertility Expert
When it comes to having babies, no compromise is acceptable and you will consult the best doctor with expertise in IVF. Make sure the clinic/hospital is equipped with all the latest techniques and the doctor has requisite credentials and experience in the field. Dr. Shivani Bhutani, Eva Hospital, Ludhiana is a well-established name in the field of IVF treatments and childbirth. A team of compassionate and dedicated medical professionals with specialty in ART and high ethical standards, Dr. Shivani is the right person to go for in case you are dealing with infertility issues.
The level of education and awareness has to be increased to bring the people out of notions and myths attached to the wonderful medical science procedure – IVF. With exemplary research done on the subject, it can be safely concluded that there is no difference between children born out of IVF from the children conceived naturally.