Treatment: What to expect
Before the beginning of the menstrual cycle, you will intake a fertility drug in order to stimulate the ovaries which develop several mature eggs for the purpose of fertilization. Generally, you release only one egg a month. You may also have to take a synthetic hormone known as lupron to keep your body from releasing the eggs too early.
You will also have to visit your doctor so that you can get your blood hormone level checked and take ultrasound recordings of your ovaries in order to see the process of when your eggs are mature. After the eggs get mature, your doctor will give you an anesthetic and will remove the eggs from your ovaries with the help of injecting a needle via your vaginal wall using ultrasound as a guiding map. Then these eggs are combined with your partner’s sperm in a laboratory.
After around two to five days, the fertilized eggs form a ball of cells called an embryo. These embryos are placed into your uterus with the help of a thin catheter through your cervix. If there are extra embryos get frozen if this cycle does not succeed.
However, if the treatment works and the cycles succeed, then an embryo will get an implant uterine and it will grow into a baby continuously with time. In only 30 % of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Treatment pregnancies, more than one embryo gets implanted and the woman gives birth. You can easily run a pregnancy test about two weeks after the embryo is placed in your uterus.
Length of treatment
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Treatment takes about 4 to 6 weeks to complete one cycle. One has to wait for a few weeks for the eggs to mature. Then you along with your partner will have to spend half a day at the doctor’s clinic getting your eggs retrieved & fertilized. You will have to visit the doctor again 2 – 5 days later to have the eggs placed into your uterus and then you would be able to go home the same day.