Dr. Patsama Vichinsartvichai M.D., MClinEmbryol.Fertility Specialist, Medical Director, INSPIRE IVF
In the first part of this article in the last edition of Expat Life Magazine, we explored some facts (or fiction) regarding fertility treatments and all of them were just myths. This part will explore more regarding the urban legend and see if there is any fact.
Absolute bed rest after embryo transfer – FICTION
Many well-designed studies have found that the pregnancy outcomes among the women who have bed rest after embryo transfer and the women who just get up and go are similar. However, I have seen many patients who were chained to their bed in front of the restroom in their house for a week or more after embryo transfer. Imagine yourself as an active woman or career lady who has to lay still like that. Not only can mental stress occur, but also other unpleasant medical conditions such as cystitis, or even venous thromboembolism can follow. Live your normal life. Get out and walk the dog. You can do most of your daily life activities. YOU’RE JUST FERTILITY CHALLENGED, NOT SICK.
Infertility is the woman’s fault – FICTION
‘Female Trouble’ sounds more complicated than ‘Deadlier Than the Male’. However, 25-35% of the primary infertility roots from sperm issues such as low sperm count or high abnormal sperm, and male infertility is on the rise worldwide. Even in couples with female-related infertility, mild sperm defects contribute to
Male age makes no difference – FICTION
The advancing paternal age may impair semen parameters, increase sperm DNA damage, and epigenetic alterations that affect fertilization, embryo development, and implantation. Studies have found that if the female was younger than 40, the success rate declined as the man grew older. On the other hand, the age of the male partner had no impact when the female partner was older than 40 years.
Freezing embryos is risky, fresh is the best – FICTION
Over 95% of embryos survive the frozen-thaw process, hence freezing embryos is no longer considered risky. Most studies reported higher pregnancy rates from frozen embryos than fresh embryos. The other benefits of frozen embryos are that they do not age, and it allows
Being on birth control for too long leads to infertility – FICTION
Some women believe that oral contraceptive pills lead to long-term infertility. Most birth control methods involve hormone
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