The 10 Things IVF Doesn’t Do For You

You may not know it from the title, but I am a very positive person. I wear my proverbial fertility cheerleading skirt every single day. My intent with this article is not to be a downer. Quite the opposite. What I want is for you to be informed about what IVF can and can’t do for you. Isn’t most of life’s happiness about setting appropriate expectations? I want to help you understand the limitations of IVF so you’re not making any assumptions.

Are you ready to hear more? Great, let’s do this!

1. IVF doesn’t make something out of nothing

Believe me, I like to think I have a special sauce and with a little hocus-pocus combined with supplements and my individualized protocols, I can give my patients the very best results. I do everything in my power to get my patients pregnant, but I can only work with what people already have. I am an MD and that doesn’t stand for medical deity.

How do I assess what you already have? I look at fertility levels, sperm counts, evaluate the health of your uterus, do implantation testing, advanced DNA tests, and more. These are all things that you can do before IVF. Check out my TUSHY method and BALLS method to learn more.

Here’s the good news. People still get pregnant despite low fertility levels. It’s why I remain positive and encourage my patients to do the same.

Keep this in mind: low doesn’t mean no.

Why is this? Your fertility levels (egg count and quality) are just part of the bigger picture. Factors like your age, follicle count, genetic profile, environment, sperm quality, and uterine health all play an important part in your fertility health.

2. IVF does not improve your self-esteem

We all need a bit of support at times during our lives. If you’re going through fertility treatment, there’s no better time than now to get the support that you need.

3. IVF does not improve your mood

4. IVF does not improve your sex life

Moving on…

5. IVF usually does not result in twins

6. IVF doesn’t give you frozen embryos unless you’re planning what we call a frozen embryo transfer

7. IVF doesn’t give you guaranteed relationship satisfaction

8. IVF doesn’t make your sperm better

9. IVF does not cause cancer

10. IVF with PGT-A doesn’t predict everything and there’s no such thing as a designer baby

Remember, people don’t come to me for a “designer baby.” They come to me because they want the highest chances of pregnancy.

In Closing:

As always, please comment below or send me a note if you have any questions about this show or if you have a suggested topic for a future show.

You can also catch more of me and topics like this through The Egg Whisperer Show. The episodes are live-streamed on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter and on Wednesdays at 7 PM PST. Subscribe to the podcast too!

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