In vitro fertilization (IVF) has dramatically increased for many reasons including an uptick in infertility that affects approximately 6,000,000 women and men in the United States. There’s no doubt that IVF offers hope to couples struggling to conceive. In many cases, you’ll find that IVF may be the only possible option.
Causes of Infertility
According to www.womenshealth.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a federal government website managed by the Office on Women’s Health:
- About one-third of infertility cases are caused by women’s problems
- Another one-third are due to the male
- Other cases are caused by male and female problems connected to health, lifestyle, disease, age, smoking, and excess alcohol use, among others
- Plus unknown problems
Recommended Waiting Period
When couples can’t conceive after twelve months of unprotected sex, it’s wise to seek a medical evaluation. You may know about the increased infertility problems involving successful young professionals who live a fast-paced life. After three or four months, they expect to be pregnant and when that doesn’t happen, the reality is emotionally painful.
According to infertility doctors, couples unable to conceive are frequently consumed with the desire to have a baby. The entire process can be emotionally charged. In men, the problem might be slow sperm, a low sperm count, or none at all. For women, it might be a blocked or missing fallopian tube, an ovulation problem that’s usually due to polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Health Risks for IVF Babies
To compound the stress and emotional roller coaster, there can be some risks with IVF. Multiple embryos are frequently implanted during an IVF cycle to increase the success of conception. Because of this, there’s an increased risk of bearing twins, triplets or even other multiples. You may be aware that these babies can also run the risk of prematurely, and being underweight along with various birth defects, birth injury, or other problems that have been cited in studies.
The psychological and financial stress have been known to cause depression. That being said, the alternative of not attempting to use IVF is simply not acceptible to most of these couples. They are determined to have children.
You should be aware that there are confirmed cases where the wrong sperm, and/or the wrong eggs were used. Risk issues may also arise with the freezing and thawing of embryos, and egg damage due to the injection of sperm.
Where Do You Turn For Advice?
Bear in mind that the love and support of family and friends can give you a tremendous support system. But If you, or your child, have been injured by IVF procedures in Hawaii, what do you do? If there’s reason to believe that you may have given birth to another couple’s child, who should you turn to for help? What happens if, regardless of the circumstances, you want to keep the baby?
What you need is objective and compassionate advice. It’s extremely important to choose a respected and highly accomplished personal injury attorney to protect you and your family.