For an increasing number of couples In Vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a miracle of modern medicine that allows them to have children of their own. However there does seem to have been an explosion of the use of such techniques in recent years. Indeed some fertility doctors are advocating that all women should have their eggs harvested and frozen whilst they are young enough so that they have them available for the day when they have enough time to consider having children.
An estimated 1 in 7 couples is considered to be infertile and IVF has become the treatment of choice with little regard as to whether all the high tech drugs and procedures hold any risks. Both the safety and long term effects for both mothers and babies have not really been monitored to any great extent.
Although assisted conception is the only option for some couples it is still fraught with difficulties and complications. Currently the most optimistic average success rate for IVF is about 21%, and the miscarriage rate is about 25%.
Conventional IVF procedures involve administering powerful drugs to control the woman’s fertility cycle. First ovulation is postponed, often triggering a menopause like state; then it is ‘jump-started’ again and ramped up so that several eggs are produced at one time. This pharmaceutical interference is responsible for many of the dangers posed to mother and child.
A recent study has discovered that up to 80% of eggs produced and harvested after intensive ovary stimulation may have chromosomal defects. Such a high number means that it is likely that some of the ‘bad’ eggs will be fertilised and implanted. (It is believed that the strong drugs cause the eggs to mature too quickly and therefore not properly).
What is often not mentioned is that conventional IVF practice carries a higher risk of future cancer for the mother and birth defects for her child. Nearly one in ten IVF babies has birth defects.
Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer institute have found that women undergoing IVF and hyper-stimulation of the ovaries with fertility drugs are 3.5 times more likely to develop ovarian cancer after 15 years.
Dutch scientists have also found that women having IVF pregnancies may be 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy complications – either due to the risks from a multiple pregnancy or ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome.
If you are intending to undergo an IVF program you can improve your chances of success by being as fit and healthy as possible, both prior to and during the process. By preparing for your IVF you are able to support your hormonal and reproductive system, nourish your body, have nutrients available during the crucial early stages of foetal development and have the tools to handle any stress that may come your way during this journey.
If the risks discussed above concern you why not explore safer alternatives.
By improving your health naturally you will enhance your fertility and stand a much higher chance of having a successful pregnancy. A recent study by Foresight which followed couples who fully embraced a natural health program showed a 90% success rate in producing a live, healthy baby.
By undertaking a pre-conceptual detox program you will have the opportunity to clear some of the toxic load that you have inherited. This will help your body to be clear and vibrant enough to create a healthy and nurturing environment in which to start growing a baby. If you do your best to remove your toxic load, your body will be freed up and have more energy to devote to getting and being pregnant. Furthermore your children may have the potential for greater vitality and well-being.
Whether you have fertility issues or not, an effective pre-conceptual care program is an obvious and necessary choice for everyone planning for a baby.