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Does IVF raise the cancer risks?

There has been a study about how does IVF raise the cancer risks? According to:

This article was about that babies who are born through fertility treatment they suffer from a rare combination of birth defects and by that the risk of cancer is six times more increased. This study has raised serious questions about the safety of the fertility treatment that most couples have been doing in the past years. They claimed that the “researchers found that the IVF-initiated conception was six times more common than in the general population”. In this article was also found that the “children born with BWS are predisposed to a type of kidney cancer called Wilms”. However there were many questions about these studies and many mothers were upset thinking day and night about their newborns and how this is going to reflect on their future. The most interesting situation was that right after this study it was clear that none of this is true and the couples can rest a little bit.

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They said that all those questions about IVF increasing the chances of cancer increasing in all the babies that are born via IVF. They claimed that “Women getting fertility treatments can be reassured that in vitro fertilization (IVF) does not increase their risk of breast and gynecological cancer”. They also said in their statement that babies born through IVF process are safe and their increased chances of cancer and kidney failure are nothing but just another false alarm. When people read this statement about IVF not increasing the cancer risks they became people full of questions.


Which one of these statementsis really true?

On one side we have the one statement that IVF is increasing the babies cancer risk and kidney failure, women are more likely that they have cervical and breast cancer risk, and on the other side we have that none of all those theses are actually true.  You have to be very careful about telling people and going straight with some kind of studies about increasing cancer, every patient that is going through the IVF process is watched very closely and it is more likely that if there is anything suspicious, than it is more than sure that doctors will notice it. That is why we have to know what we are reading and when we read something like this, instead of thinking about it at home we have go straight and ask someone that has more information about the case and inform us. However taking an opinion for granted from some source that is not classified and thinking about that instead of consulting with someone can be very dangerous. Spreading a word such as cancer can upset many people and it is not something like for example talking for today’s weather. Today we are fighting with all our strength for these kinds of false alarms, and we are hoping that we are not going to hear any more bad news about this subject.

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How can IVF be performed?

History of how can be IVF performed?
IVF as a technique was developed in the 1970s. This technique may differ slightly from clinic to clinic but the base of this technique is always the same everywhere.
Step by step how can be IVF performed for women
Step 1: suppress the monthly cycle
The doctor will give you a drug that will suppress your natural monthly menstrual cycle. This drug may be a daily injection that the caregivers will teach you how to give yourself, or the drug may be a nasal spray. This therapy may last about two weeks.
Step 2: boost the egg supply
You have already suppressed your natural monthly cycle, now it is time to take a fertility hormone called FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). It is a gonadotropin, which is another daily injection that you are going to give yourself for the next 12 days. It may also vary depending from the response; the FSH increases the number of eggs your ovaries produce. Increased production means that more eggs can be collected and fertilized. More eggs, more embryos to choose and use in your treatment.
Step 3: the progress
During the process the clinic will keep an eye of every progress that you make, this may include vaginal ultrasound scans to monitor your ovaries and blood tests if needed. Your final hormone injection will be 34-36 hours before your eggs due to be collected; this final injection will help your eggs to mature.
Step 4: Collecting the eggs
You will be sedated during this procedure. Your eggs will be collected under ultrasound guidance; the doctor will insert a needle through the vagina and into each ovary. Through this needle the eggs are then collected.
Step 5: Fertilization
The eggs are now collected and they have to be mixed with your partner’s or your donor’s sperm in the laboratory. 16-20 hours have to pass after they are mixed so they can check if any have been fertilized. In cases where the sperm are few or weak, each egg has to be injected individually with a single sperm. This procedure is called intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
The cells are now fertilized and they need to continue to grow in the laboratory for one to five days before being transferred into the womb. The doctor will pick the best one or two embryos for transfer.
Step 6: Embryo transfer
Before the treatment you should discuss with your doctor about the number of embryo to be replaced. For women under the age of 37, in their first IVF usually have a single embryo transfer. If there are no-top quality embryos available and it is your second IVF, doctors should consider using only two embryos. Having a multiple embryo transfers may result into a multiple pregnancy and birth.
How can be IVF performed- for men
After your partner’s eggs have been collected, you’ll be asked to produce a fresh sample of sperm. The doctors are going to take the sample of sperm, wash it and spun at a high speed. This is done in order the healthier and most active sperm to be selected.


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Unexplained fertility, do you even consider about IVF? Where the border stands?

Nearly 80% of the couples that are trying to have a baby suffer from unexplained infertility. This is a message that has been sent from the Queen’s University Belfast and it has been published in the journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online.
According to this report there are 1 million couples worldwide that undergo fertility treatments every year. We may have heard about that on the daily news, but we didn’t know that one third of them are told about the unexplained infertility problem that they have. This actually means that doctors cannot explain what is wrong and why they cannot have a baby. It is a huge problem among all young couples that are desperately seeking ways to have a baby.
If you have an unexplained infertility, do you even consider about IVF? Where the border stands? Simple explanation about those borders
This so called border stand right into the women age, how long have they been trying to have a baby, and if the woman have been pregnant before and had her first child. This is a border that explains everything. From personal experience I have seen many couples that have been trying to have a baby. Yes most of them were diagnosed with unexplained infertility which is quite often these days. There is something that I and my colleagues cannot understand. It is about why people and I are talking about young couples about 22-24 years all are disappointed. Usually they are disappointed after trying in the first month. They should not be disappointed because they are too young and they haven ben trying too long. That is why the doctors say that you have to be married for three years and then try all the methods for getting pregnant. Starting with IVF too early is not such a great solution unless you are 35 years old and have been trying in the past three or four years. It is understandable that doctors recommend the less invasive and cheaper methods before starting the in vitro fertilization process, which is $12,000 per cycle, but with those methods the doctors are making a huge disservice. When we talk about those women that are under 35 could be better off trying to get pregnant on their own. This is only at least for the next few months. As for women that are older than 35, it is better to avoid wasting their precious time and straight ahead to IVF or consider about the adoption options.
Just trust yourself
Having always irregular periods, which means twice a year the chances of ever getting pregnant are too small. Doctors in these cases often prescribe Clomid in order to induce ovulation. Most doctors do not recommend, but Provera has done miracles in some infertility cases. Women that are 40 years old have a chance for getting pregnant despite their age. Unexplained infertility, do you even consider IVF? Where the border stands? Having a good doctor that believes in you can help in these situations. It is actually the most important thing. No matter how far that doctor is you have to find him and take your chances.

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Artificial insemination & IVF benefits, risks

What is an Artificial insemination & IVF benefit, risks? -Artificial insemination is a technique used to help in certain kinds of infertility in both men and women. It is a procedure where the male’s sperm is inserted into a women’s cervix, fallopian tubes or uterus. By entering the sperm directly it makes the trip shorter from the sperm and bypasses any possible obstructions. Intrauterine insemination is a procedure where the sperm is placed in the uterus and it is the most common form of artificial insemination. This is a technique that has a key advantage which is the simplicity of this procedure with few side effects. Because of this your doctor may recommend it as an initial form of treatment for infertility.
For what type of infertility can artificial insemination be recommended?
The artificial insemination is very popular and it can be recommended for various fertility problems. It is more popular to those men that have very low sperm counts or sperm that isn’t strong enough to swim through the cervix and up into the fallopian tubes. It is also recommended for women who have endometriosis or other abnormalities of their reproductive organs. It is considered that women with unreceptive cervical mucus are also good candidates for artificial insemination. The mucus that surrounds the cervix can prevent the sperm from getting into the uterus and fallopian tubes. With the artificial insemination you can allow the sperm to skip the cervical mucus entirely. There are cases when doctors can’t determine the reason of why the couple is infertile and in that cases they recommend the artificial insemination to be their first step for getting pregnant.
Before the artificial insemination starts in order to make sure if you are ovulating your doctor will use ovulation kits, ultrasound or blood test. If the test is confirmed your partner will be asked to produce a sample of semen (he will have to abstain from sex two to five days, it is to ensure a higher sperm count). For those that live in the clinic’s neighborhood, they can collect the sample home by masturbating. If you are not, you will be provided a private room for this purpose. The provided sperm is “washed” within one hour of ejaculation. After they have washed the sperm in a laboratory, the sperm can be placed in a thin tube called catheter and this tube has to be placed through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. This procedure is painless and takes only few minutes. After the procedure the woman has to lie down 15-45 minutes to give the sperm a chance to work.
The success rate, benefits, and risks from the artificial insemination can vary. However there are factors that can decrease your chance of success such as:
• The ager of the women- older age woman, lees chances of success
• Poor egg quality
• Poor sperm quality
• Endometriosis
• Damaged fallopian tubes (it is usually from a chronic infection)
• Blocked fallopian tubes