Myth #3: If you have trouble conceiving, you should do IVF
Reality: IVF can be expensive (though it may be covered or partly covered by insurance) and arduous, requiring many appointments and daily medications. Yet, thanks to celebrity IVF success stories, it’s often the first thing women ask their doctors for if they haven’t been able to get pregnant.
“Some patients come in and say ‘I need IVF,’ when in fact, there’s other things they could be doing,” explains Dr. Roberts, who notes that only a minority of patients with fertility challenges require IVF. Maybe the issue is timing. Maybe it’s a fibroid or growth in the uterus that could be removed with surgery. Women who aren’t getting pregnant as soon as they’d like can get tested and diagnosed at a fertility clinic. It’s recommended that women who have been trying for more than a year (if under 35) or six months (if 35 and over) visit their doctor to get a referral to a fertility expert.