In Vitro Fertililization (IVF)

In vitro fertilization (IVF) literally means ‘fertilization in glass,’ more simply explained as the ‘test tube baby’. In the IVF process, eggs are first removed from the ovaries of the female, at the same time sperms are collected from the male partner. The eggs and the sperms collected are then made to fertilize in the lab and the fertilized egg (embryo) is then implanted in the woman’s womb to make her conceive.

IVF technique is now mainly used following cases:

  • • Women with both fallopian tubes blocked.
  • • Women with one fallopian tube blocked and one open.
  • • Borderline male sperm count.
  • • Unexplained infertility cases.
  • • Couples who have failed the traditional treatments like timed intercourse, follicular monitoring, IUI etc.
How long will IVF take?

The whole process takes about four to six weeks to complete one cycle of IVF.

You might have to wait for a few weeks for your eggs to mature. Then you and your partner would spend about half a day at your doctor's office or clinic having your eggs retrieved and fertilized. You might have to go back again 3 to 5 days later to have the embryos inserted into your uterus, but you'll be able to go home that same day.

How does IVF work?

The procedure for IVF treatment usually goes something like this:

  • • Ovary stimulation.
  • • Follicle development.
  • • The trigger shot.
  • • Gathering the eggs.
  • • Fertilization.
  • • Developing embryos.
  • • Embryo selection.
  • • Planting the embryos.
  • • Successful implantation.

You can take a pregnancy test about two weeks after the embryos are placed in your uterus. Currently, those days are gone when age was a constraint to experience motherhood and attaining menopause came along with sorrow of inability to reproduce. IVF had proved to be a success to all those couples who have only dreamt of becoming parents but could never see their dreams coming true due to various reasons.

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