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Pregnancy via IVF

There are many women who struggle to get pregnant naturally. After exhausting all other options the IVF is usually the final resort. Even so this method of becoming pregnant may not be one hundred per cent successful. Numerous women had to have the procedure repeated several times before they actually conceived.

IVF - In Vitro Fertilization is a process in which the egg of a woman’s ovary extracted and is fertilized with a man’s sperm in a laboratory. The fertilized egg which is called the embryo is then implanted in the woman’s womb. This procedure is usually introduced to women who are seeking an alternative way to get pregnant. Like all procedures it is important for you to learn more about what takes place and what is required.

It has come to light that vitamin D affects fertility in women who are undergoing IVF. Researchers Alessio Paffoni et al, have found that women with sufficient levels of vitamin D were more likely to produce high quality embryos and become pregnant than those women with a deficiency in vitamin D. The prospective cross-sectional study analyzed vitamin D levels in women who were referred to the Infertility Unit of the Fondazione Ca' Granda at Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Italy for IVF during 2012.

The researchers examined the success of IVF procedures in 154 women who were vitamin D deficient and 181 women who had sufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood. Women who had vitamin D levels of at least 20 ng/ml in their blood, were considered to have sufficient levels of the hormone. Levels of 30 ng/ml are recommended for general health. Women with sufficient levels of vitamin D were nearly twice more likely to conceive than those women with vitamin D deficiency.

As women with sufficient levels of hormone were more likely to produce high quality embryos, researchers have concluded that vitamin D was involved in the production of quality eggs in the ovaries and also the successful implantation of the embryos in the uterus. In the instance where the woman’s eggs cannot be used for whatever reason a donor is usually considered.

As with any procedure there may be complications and risks with IVF. One should be prepared to deal with the possible outcomes. It is recommended to do researches and talk to your doctor to know what is best for you in your situation. Quite a number of women have had miscarriages using this method. There have been reported mix-ups which may have a devastating effect on the couples affected. Recently in Italy this was proven true where two couples had found that they had been carrying the wrong embryo. The mix up occurred at the hospital where the procedure took place. While one mother gave birth to twins, the other’s pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. The genetic parents of the twins have stated that they will challenge the law, even though Italian law does not grant them rights of parenthood.