The Start To Fіnіѕh Process of IVF

The Start To Fіnіѕh Process of IVF

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The in vitro fertilization procedure is one of the most common infertility procedures that couples who want to have a child but have been unable to conceive on their own use. The process can be time-consuming and expensive, but on the whole, it is very successful in helping infertile couples start the family of which they have always dreamed.  

Before the in vitro process can begin, both the male and female need to undergo thorough medical evaluations. There will be testing and examinations to try and determine the underlying cause of the couple’s infertility. These tests also ensure that the sperm of the male and the eggs of the female are healthy and able to create a child. This testing will include blood work, physical examinations, and ultrasound of the reproductive organs.  

Sometimes the sperm or the egg may not be healthy enough for a pregnancy. In these cases, the intended parents can choose to use donor sperm or donor eggs so that they can continue with the in vitro fertilization process. Many fertility specialists also have a database of potential sperm and egg donors for you to choose from.  

Before beginning the IVF process, the fertility specialist will want to have a good handle on your menstrual cycle. The average menstrual cycle lasts for 28 days, but the cycles of some women may be a little longer or shorter than that. You will be given follicle stimulating hormones to help your body produce more eggs for your next cycle. Without these hormones, only one egg is normally produced per cycle.  

After two weeks of being on the follicle stimulating hormones, you will go in to have the eggs removed through laparoscopy. This is done via a small incision in the abdomen, and will likely be done under light sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed. Once the eggs have been retrieved, the healthiest eggs will be selected for fertilization. The healthiest sperm will have already been selected from the male’s donation. The healthiest eggs will be fertilized with the healthiest sperm and then you wait for about 72 hours to see if the eggs were successfully fertilized.  

If the eggs were fertilized, the fertility specialist will select the healthiest one or two to implant back into your uterus. After a couple of weeks, you will go back to the fertility clinic to see if the implantation resulted in pregnancy. If you are pregnant, the pregnancy will be closely monitored by the fertility specialist and if all goes well, in about nine months you will be welcoming your new little bundle of joy.  

While in vitro fertilization is not the traditional method of starting a family, it can help couples who might otherwise never have a family start one of their own. There is no greater joy for these couples than meeting their little one for the first time and after the child has arrived and is thriving, it doesn’t matter how they were conceived.