In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex but effective fertility treatment that has helped countless couples achieve their dream of having a baby. At Ashakiran Hospital, we understand that the IVF process can seem overwhelming, but we're here to guide you through every step of the way. Here's a breakdown of the basic steps involved in an IVF cycle:
The first step of the IVF process is ovarian stimulation. This involves using medications to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple mature eggs for retrieval. During this phase, patients will need to visit the clinic regularly for monitoring through ultrasounds and blood tests. This is to ensure that the eggs are developing properly and to determine the best time for egg retrieval.
Once the eggs are mature, they are ready for retrieval. This is a minor surgical procedure that is performed under sedation. The eggs are retrieved using a needle that is guided through the vaginal wall and into the ovaries. The procedure usually takes about 20-30 minutes, and patients can go home the same day.
After the eggs are retrieved, they are taken to the lab for fertilization. The eggs are mixed with sperm, either through traditional IVF or through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The fertilized eggs are then left to develop into embryos for a few days.
The embryos are monitored in the lab for several days to ensure they are developing properly. On day three, the embryos should have divided into eight cells, and by day five, they should have developed into blastocysts. The embryologist will select the best quality embryo(s) for transfer.
The final step of the IVF process is embryo transfer. This is where the best quality embryos are transferred into the uterus through a thin catheter that is inserted through the cervix. The number of embryos transferred depends on several factors, including the woman's age, the quality of the embryos, and the patient's preferences. The process is usually quick and painless, and patients can go home the same day.
After about two weeks, a pregnancy test is performed to determine if the IVF cycle was successful. If the test is positive, the patient will continue to receive care from the clinic until they can transition to a regular obstetrician for prenatal care.
At Ashakiran Hospital, we provide personalized care and support throughout the IVF journey. Our experienced team of fertility specialists and embryologists will work closely with you to ensure the best possible outcome. If you're considering IVF as a fertility treatment, we encourage you to book a consultation with us to learn more about the process and discuss your options.
We hope this overview of the steps in IVF has been helpful. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our fertility services, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you every step of the way.