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Does IVF Lead To Early Menopause? | Five Common Myths Around the Treatment Busted

Does IVF Lead To Early Menopause? | Five Common Myths Around the Treatment Busted

An overload of information on assisted reproduction technologies is likely to cause confusion. Hopefully, this sheds some light on the myths related to IVF.

There is still so much misinformation surrounding pregnancy and IVF. Recently, when Kourtney Kardashian shared that she was in menopause due to her IVF treatment, it created a lot of frenzy about the side effects, and myths surrounding them.

1. IVF causes early menopause

While IVF can have an impact on periods and cause them to stop temporarily, "The idea that IVF medication can cause the onset of early menopause is false," reassures embryologist Raj Joshi of fertility specialist TMRW Life Sciences, per Hello Magazine.  It could probably be because of this that Kardashian thinks she is in menopause. 

2. IVF raises your risk of developing cancer



 

 

Some people are discouraged from getting an IVF done because they feel it will raise the risk of ovarian cancer, but that again is just a myth. According to WebMD, fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization don't appear to increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer they said, citing a new study.

3. A person's weight will prevent them from having IVF success

Women who wish to experience motherhood but are on the heavier side go through so much. Their hopes come crashing down even when doctors turn them away, claiming they are too overweight to get pregnant, even via IVF. However, it is not completely impossible to have a successful treatment for them. “It’s recommended to not be obese and to get healthy before you have a baby, but if that doesn’t happen, it doesn’t mean we think any less of you, it just means your pregnancy maybe a little riskier,” Dr. Christine Greves, MD, an ob-gyn with Orlando Health System in Florida, per Health

4. An IVF baby has an increased risk of birth defects



 

Higher maternal age and assisted reproduction are both linked to congenital anomalies, according to New Scientist, but a study led by Michael Davies at the University of Adelaide, Australia, proves otherwise. Between the period of 1986 and 2002, his team found that older women who conceived via IVF or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) were less likely to have children with abnormalities.

Also, older women who had assisted pregnancies were less likely to have babies with birth defects than younger women who conceived using the same technologies.

5. There will be lifelong side effects from hormonal injections

Given how all medications for the treatment are prescribed and used as per requirement, there will not be any problems later on because of IVF, shares Hindustan Times

Your reason to undergo fertility treatments matter only to you and no one else needs to be involved or pass comments about it. Now that you know some of those myths they share are not true, go consult your doctor if this is what you really want.

References:

https://www.hellomagazine.com/healthandbeauty/health-and-fitness/20220318135808/ivf-link-menopause-explained/

https://www.webmd.com/ovarian-cancer/news/20201119/ivf-wont-raise-ovarian-cancer-risk-study

https://www.health.com/condition/infertility/obesity-ivf

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2109147-older-women-have-babies-with-fewer-birth-defects-after-ivf/#ixzz7RTEkrFd1

https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/health/in-vitro-fertilization-myths-and-facts-of-ivf-we-bet-nobody-told-you-about-101649502558709.html

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Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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