Overview of IVF

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What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

In vitro means ‘outside the body,’ so in vitro fertilization is the process by which the egg and the sperm are joined together in a laboratory.

When is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Done?

In vitro fertilization is done when infertility issues such as advanced maternal age, damaged or blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, male infertility and unexplained infertility arise. A reproductive endocrinologist will be able to help determine if IVF is the right option for you.

What are the Steps of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

  • Stimulation or super ovulation of the ovaries
  • Egg retrieval
  • Insemination and fertilization
  • Embryo culture
  • Embryo transfer

What is the Time Length for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

In vitro fertilization takes about three to four weeks for the whole process. It starts with ovulation induction and lasts until the day of embryo transfer.

How Will I Know if my Eggs are Viable?

During the ovarian stimulation period, sonograms and blood tests will be done to help ensure your best chance at viable eggs.

Is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Safe?

In vitro fertilization is considered safe and complications from the process are very rare. Your reproductive endocrinologist or fertility specialist will review with you the safety of IVF.

What are the Risks Involved with In Vitro Fertilization?

Side effects from in vitro fertilization can include bloating, abdominal pain, mood swings and headaches. In rare situations ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) may occur after an IVF cycle.

The fertility specialist at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates are experts in various fertility treatments including in vitro fertilization (IVF). Our physicians care for patients in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, Denton and their surrounding areas.

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