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Getting Pregnant with IVF- What to Expect When You Want to Be Expecting

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In vitro fertilization is never the first choice of treatment for a fertility issue. Fertility drugs, artificial insemination, and surgery come before IVF is considered. Several reasons for this including the cost of this procedure.


Anyhow, if you are about to start with IVF, why not be one step ahead. Why not know what all is about to happen before it happens.

Well, in case you are curious, let’s dive into all the processes that you and your partner will have to go through in an IVF treatment.

The Initial Meet and Greet

Once the choice on IVF is locked, you will meet a reproductive endocrinologist. You’ll talk about your medical history, fertility history, and the treatment protocols. After that, you’ll go through blood tests, ultrasounds, and the doctors will determine the strength and quality of eggs and sperms between you and your partner.

You will have sessions with a financial counselor, a medical counselor, and a psychiatrist. These sessions are necessary so that you can get an idea of the journey you are about to embark on and about the financial, health-wise, and mental stress you could face.

The Drugs and Egg Grooming Phase

You will have to take fertility medication, probably via injecting them into your thigh or stomach from one to three times in a day. You will also take hormonal drugs to ensure that you don’t ovulate before the estimated time. For about two weeks, the process will continue before you take another drug to stimulate ovulation.

Also, these two weeks, you’ll frequent the doctors’ for blood tests and regular ultrasounds. Monitoring is the key.

Harvesting the Eggs

Since your ovulation is timed precisely, the doctors will know when you will ovulate. Then, they’ll sedate you, insert a hollow needle into your vagina, guide its way with the help of ultrasound and extract eggs from your ovaries.

Meanwhile, your partner will be asked to ejaculate his sperms into a cup. Also, it is possible to use donor eggs, donor sperms, or any combination of donor and your eggs and sperms.

The Artificial Insemination

Your eggs and sperms will be incubated in a lab, under supervision. Now, the process can go about normally, and insemination will occur if the eggs and the sperms are healthy. If not, there are methods of assisted hatching that’ll help the process along and ensure that insemination occurs.

Transferring the Embryo

Again, there are two procedures for a healthy and a not so much healthy fetus. Usually, after three days of insemination, the embryo will be placed inside your uterus via a catheter that they’ll insert through your vagina. The process is mostly painless.

But, in case you or your partner have any diseases worth grave concern, genetic or otherwise, this embryo transfer process will take place five days after the insemination. Lab biopsies will make sure that the healthiest embryo is selected from the lot.

The Final Test and the Result

Before two weeks of embryo insertion is over, you’ll take daily injections of progesterone to facilitate implantation. Then, a pregnancy test will be scheduled at the clinic, probably right after the two weeks are over. The results will bring good news, or you’ll have to retry.

If You Know What You Are Getting into, You Should Know How Things Work

Getting pregnant with IVF is a procedure that could get complicated if you miss out on something as trivial as an ultrasound. An IVF treatment requires you to be patient, for the success rates might not always mean your success. Try, and hope, and know your IVF process.

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