IVF treatment continues to hold its place as the most effective treatment method applied to couples who cannot have children despite unprotected and regular sexual intercourse for a year. The simplest definition of IVF treatment is widely practiced all over the world; from the female egg, the sperm from the male in the laboratory after merging, the resulting embryo in the lab 3-5-day follow-up after it is placed into the mother’s uterus. The dizzying rapid developments in IVF treatments over the last 40 years continue to be a hope for couples experiencing infertility problems.

Turkey Medicals member and hospital head of department Obstetrician-Gynecologist Associate Doctor. told about the incorrect information that is considered correct about IVF treatment in society; she made important warnings.

IVF Obstetrician-Gynecologist Associate Doctor in Antalya noted that millions of healthy babies have been born to date thanks to IVF treatment, “But some erroneous information about IVF treatment that is considered correct in society can cause couples to apply for treatment late or avoid treatment. These factors also negatively affect the chances of success of treatment. Therefore, it is very important that couples who want to become parents question the accuracy of the information they receive from their environment or virtual environment and contact their doctor in a timely manner,” she says.

The chances of success on the first try are low: WRONG!

As a matter of FACT: The chances of success in IVF treatment vary depending on many factors, such as the age of the expectant mother, the quality of sperm and egg. According to scientific evidence, the chances of success at the first attempt are 50-60 percent. As the number of attempts at IVF increases, the chances of pregnancy also increase. So much so that 50 percent of IVF treatment occurs on the first attempt, 65-70 percent on the second attempt, and 80 percent on the third attempt.

She needs to stay in the hospital for the duration of treatment: WRONG!

THE TRUTH IS: Contrary to popular belief, IVF treatment processes do not require hospitalization. Egg collection is an operation performed under anesthesia and is discharged from the hospital after 3-4 hours of hospitalization. After the embryo transfer process, it is enough to rest for 2-3 hours in the hospital. Egg follow-up processes in IVF treatment are also carried out in the form of outpatient outpatient checks.

Freezing excess embryos is unnecessary: WRONG!

AS A MATTER OF FACT: Obstetrician and Gynecologist Assoc. Dr. Nadiye Koroglu, pointing out that the process of freezing embryos is an important practice that gives patients an extra chance of pregnancy, continues: “The fact that half of the embryos that were frozen in the past were restored healthy caused this misconception. However, the new methods that we have been able to apply together with technological developments have allowed almost all of the frozen embryos to be recovered healthy. At this point, the success between the frozen embryo and the fresh embryo has closed. The fact that the number of embryos transferred in our country is also limited also increases the advantageous aspects of the embryo freezing method.”

IVF treatment causes early menopause: WRONG!

THE TRUTH IS: Another erroneous information about IVF treatment is that this treatment causes depletion of ovarian reserves and, as a result, early menopause. Assoc. Dr. noted that the process of stimulating the ovaries in IVF treatment does not lead to early menopause, as it does not reduce egg reserves, “It is aimed to enlarge the eggs that exist in IVF treatment, so there is no decrease in their number.” she says.

The risk of congenital anomalies increases in babies born with IVF: WRONG!

IN FACT: Assoc. Doctor, the risk of congenital anomalies in pregnancies with IVF treatment to babies born term infants was not different from that obtained from the natural way stressing, “however, if the woman is over age 35 can increase the risk of congenital anomalies or in cases of a known genetic disease. In addition, due to the very low sperm count, more congenital abnormalities can also be observed in cases where intracytoplasmic sperm injection is performed.” she says.

Twins or triplets happen with IVF treatment: WRONG!

THE TRUTH IS: Compared to pregnancy that occurs naturally, multiple pregnancy becomes more common in IVF treatment. But with the number of transferred embryos, it is possible to prevent multiple pregnancy. Obstetrician-Gynecologist Assoc. Dr. emphasized that single and healthy pregnancies can be achieved by transferring single and high-quality embryos, ”But although some couples want a multiple pregnancy, multiple pregnancies can be dangerous to the health of mothers and babies. In order to prevent these dangers, the number of embryos transferred in our country has been limited.” she’s talking.

The success rate in IVF treatment is 100 percent: WRONG!

TRUTH: success rate of IVF treatment; the mother is changing depending on many factors such as the age and cause of infertility in women under the age of 35 first IVF live birth rate between 40-50 per cent is happening.

The woman’s age is insignificant in IVF treatment: WRONG!

THE TRUTH IS: women experience changes in their reproductive function as they age. So much so that the age of 25-30 is the most fertile age, while there is a decrease in fertility after the age of 35. Therefore, the probability of getting pregnant at the age of 25 – 30s is about 50 percent, while after the age of 40, this rate drops to about 15 percent. With IVF treatment, there is almost no chance of pregnancy in women aged 45 and older.

There should be cesarean delivery in IVF pregnancies: WRONG

THE TRUTH IS: Getting pregnant with IVF treatment is not a reason to give birth by cesarean section. If the conditions are suitable, normal childbirth can be performed.

IVF treatment is a long-lasting and painful method: WRONG!

TRUTH: Contrary to popular belief in society, thanks to the developments in IVF treatment, problems such as pain and bloating in the abdomen are no longer experienced, and the treatment period is completed in 2-2.5 weeks.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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