How IVF Works

You can be a practical and very organized person. You might not be at risk of any particular disease, and you can follow the doctor’s recommendations. But sometimes, all of that planning and organization can be of little help when it comes to having a baby.

Several couples have tried to conceive for months or years without any success. And it is not anyone’s fault. We can’t decide when the body is not cooperating with family plans it is not in our control. But if you’ve been trying for an extended period, maybe it’s about time to figure out what’s going on. And ask the help of the experts. Infertility can happen to anybody. 

In vitro fertilization (IVF) can be an excellent fertility tool in these cases. But how does it work?

PRC Fertility Center will explain thoroughly the step-by-step of IVF and what you should expect from this procedure. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. There is no price tag when it comes to your future child.

Everything starts with a Diagnostic Consultation

You can be a practical and very organized person. You might not be at risk of any particular disease, and you can follow the doctor’s recommendations. But sometimes, all of that planning and organization can be of little help when it comes to having a baby.

Several couples have tried to conceive for months or years without any success. And it is not anyone’s fault. We can’t decide when the body is not cooperating with family plans it is not in our control. But if you’ve been trying for an extended period, maybe it’s about time to figure out what’s going on. And ask the help of the experts. Infertility can happen to anybody. 

In vitro fertilization (IVF) can be an excellent fertility tool in these cases. But how does it work?

PRC Fertility Center will explain thoroughly the step-by-step of IVF and what you should expect from this procedure. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. There is no price tag when it comes to your future child.

Hormonal Stimulation and Ovulation

Ovulation induction is an essential step for IVF, but it can also be useful as a standalone fertility treatment. It is not costly and gives a woman a higher chance to get pregnant. It uses oral medication with hormonal solutions that speed up the process of ovulation with minimal to no side effects.

After ovulation induction, you and your doctor will know exactly when the egg is ready. Depending on your case, you may need only one or a combination of treatments. They can be injections or pills. After doing this, your doctor may also run a few additional tests to ensure that everything is going as planned. A final trigger shot is administered when your follicles are mature and ready to release the eggs.

Egg Retrieval and Fertilization

After receiving the trigger shot, you’ll be scheduled for egg retrieval in 36 hours. This process requires general anesthesia and an ultrasound scan to locate the ovaries. The doctor will make a small needle puncture in the ovary to drain the mature follicles and obtain the egg. It only takes around 30 minutes, and you can return to work the day after.

After evaluating your eggs for maturation, the embryologist starts the fertilization process. He could use one of two methods:

Embryo Culture and Transfer

Now the eggs are fertilized, the embryologist will examine them as they turn into a developing embryo. It will take around 5 days to make sure that they are progressing as expected. At this time, your doctor may recommend genetic testing to identify chromosomal abnormalities. This step also reveals which embryos are more likely to progress into a successful pregnancy.

Depending on the case, your doctor may decide to freeze the embryos to give you more time to recover from egg retrieval. Then, embryo transfer is much more comfortable, and it only takes around 5 minutes with no anesthesia required. You will be able to choose which embryos to transfer and how many. The procedure continues with a small catheter that carries the embryos into the uterus.

Fertility Follow-ups

After IVF, you won’t be alone in the process. You will be accompanied by our experienced and compassionate fertility team and proceed with follow-up blood tests and doctor visits.

It is crucial to rest during this period and get in touch with your IVF nurse if you have concerns or questions.

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