Steps in IVF | What to expect when you go for IVF

IVF includes a series of steps and this article articulates it

Starting IVF journey is a profound decision for many couples facing fertility challenges. This magical process, guided by cutting-edge reproductive technology, offers hope and a pathway to parenthood. At the heart of IVF lies a series of meticulously planned and executed steps, each playing n important role in the creation of life. From the initial phase of stimulating the ovaries to the delicate transfer of selected embryos, the IVF process is a testament to the relentless pursuit of fulfilling dreams. Here we explain the intricate steps that compose this remarkable and hopeful chapter in the realm of assisted reproductive techniques

  1. Ovulation Induction:
    • In the first step,  woman is given fertility medications to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs each month instead of just one.
    • Progress is monitored through blood tests and ultrasound examinations to determine if you’re for egg retrieval.
  2. Egg Retrieval (Ovum Pickup):
    • Once the eggs are mature, a minor procedure is performed to retrieve the eggs from the ovaries using a thin needle guided by ultrasound. This procedure takes less than 30 minutes generally.
  3. Sperm Collection & Fertilization:
    • The male partner provides a sperm sample, which is processed to obtain the most active and healthy sperm.
    • The eggs and sperm are combined in the laboratory for fertilization to occur.
    • In some cases, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be used, where a single sperm is directly injected into an egg.
  4. Embryo Culture:
    • Fertilized eggs are kept in a special incubator for a few days.
    • The embryologist monitors their development and selects the healthiest embryos for transfer
  5. Embryo Transfer:
    • Once the embryos are ready, you return to the clinic and one or more selected embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus.
    • This is a relatively simple procedure.
  6. Luteal Phase Support:
    • Hormonal medications, such as progesterone, are administered to support the uterine lining and facilitate embryo implantation.
  7. Pregnancy Test:
    • A blood test is performed to determine if the IVF cycle has resulted in pregnancy.

While this entire procedure does seem to be complex, at Altius hospital, our doctors ensure we are with you through out the process holding your hands and guiding you towards a successful IVF journey.

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