If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, don’t let the myths hold you back from considering in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Today, there are more options than ever before for women who have trouble conceiving, but one of the most common is IVF. Although the first IVF baby was born back in back in 1978, it’s still a relatively unknown procedure, which is probably why there are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding it. Here at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology, we want to help you make the right decision when it comes to fertility treatments, and in order to do that, we want you to have the information you need to make that decision. That’s why we’ve set out to debunk some of the most common myths about IVF.

Myth #1. You’ll be the next Octomom if you do IVF.

When IVF was first developed, it was not uncommon for clinics to transfer multiple embryos into the mother. They did this because success rates used to be quite low. But, today, success rates are much higher, and it’s much less common for clinics to transfer more than one embryo into the uterus. And, the reality is, the majority of women who get pregnant with triplets after using fertility treatments used injectable fertility medications, which hyperstimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. This is one of the many reasons why it’s important to choose the right clinic for your treatments. Proper diagnosis and diligent monitoring of fertility medications will greatly reduce the risk of having twins or triplets.

Myth #2. You’re guaranteed to have a baby if you do IVF.

Unfortunately, doing IVF does not guarantee that you’ll get pregnant. The reality is that, for women who start an IVF cycle when they’re 35 years old or younger, the live birth success rate of IVF is 40 percent. There are many factors that can determine how successful IVF is, including age, whether you’ve been pregnant previously or not, the type of fertility problems you’re experiencing, the fertility clinic you choose to work with, the quality and age of donor eggs and even lifestyle habits. Before you start IVF, make sure you sit down and have a serious conversation with your doctor to find out if it’s the right option for you.

Myth #3. IVF is your only option if you’re infertile.

IVF is probably the most common fertilization treatment, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the only option. The truth is that, while IVF can be a great option for some women, it’s certainly not for everyone, and luckily, there are many other options to choose from.

The fact of the matter is that many women have been able to successfully conceive thanks to IVF, and you shouldn’t let the myths and misconceptions hold you back if it’s the right option for you. In our next blog, our Sarasota obstetrics clinic will be going over a few more myths about IVF, so make sure that you stay tuned. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns about IVF or any other fertility treatment.