IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) is one of the most popular and advanced fertility treatments that helped various infertile couples. IVF helps promote fertility and helps an infertile woman to conceive. The procedure involves various steps using the latest technology. The steps include collecting eggs from ovaries, combining it with sperm and fertilising them in the lab, and then placing the embryo into the woman’s uterus.

Though IVF is effective, the success of IVF is based on several factors such as age, the reason for infertility, etc. When you decide on IVF treatment, you should consider visiting a fertility specialist. He/she will explain the possible outcomes, the process involved, and the possible risks.

When Do I Need IVF?

As mentioned earlier, IVF is used for treating fertility and genetic problems. IVF is mainly used for treating infertility problems in women. People with the following health conditions can also benefit from the IVF treatment:

  • Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes
  • Problems with ovulation
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Impaired functioning of sperm
  • Less sperm concentration
  • Unknown reasons for infertility
  • Genetic issues 
  • Fertility preservation before undergoing chemotherapy or radiation

How Long Does IVF Treatment Take?

The IVF treatment involves a series of procedures to promote fertility. In the first step, eggs are retrieved from the ovaries. Then, the eggs are combined with sperm and fertilised in a lab. Once the fertilisation takes place, the embryo will be moved to the woman’s uterus. An IVF cycle begins from the first day of your period and it is considered complete on the day you take the pregnancy test. However, an IVF timeline varies from one person to another based on their requirements and health condition.

In general, an IVF cycle takes around 6 weeks to 8 weeks, and it may vary based on various circumstances. The entire involves the following stages:

Week 1

The first week is filled with doctor visits and consultations. The doctor will collect your medical history and will assess you to know about your fertility and suggest the proper diagnosis. The doctor will then explain about the steps involved in IVF, the success rate, and will prepare you for the procedure.

Week 2 to 4

This is the preparation phase where several tests will be conducted to know about your fertility. The common tests include blood tests, ultrasounds, uterine evaluation, sperm analysis, etc. Based on the results, you need to start taking birth control pills to prepare your ovaries. You may need to take birth control pills for around 2 to 4 weeks after conducting tests.

Week 5 to 6

Once you stop using birth control pills, an ultrasound will be performed to view the uterus and ovaries. If everything is clear, you need to start using fertility medications to mature a greater number of eggs than the normal cycle. The development of eggs needs to be monitored regularly and hence ultrasound and blood tests are conducted. This helps the doctor to know about the progression of eggs.

Week 7

After taking fertility medications for around 10 to 12 days, egg retrieval will be performed. If everything is fine, the egg and sperm are combined in a lab where fertilisation takes place. Once the embryo forms, it will be tested to transfer them. Then the embryo will be transferred to the uterus where the growth takes place.

After transferring the embryo, you need to take medications to provide support to your uterine lining and to promote implantation.

Confused About IVF Process? Visit IRA Fertility Today

If you are planning to have an IVF treatment, but are not sure how to proceed, meet fertility specialists at IRA Fertility today. IRA fertility has helped several infertile couples in Hyderabad to have a child through IVF and other fertility treatments. We use the latest tools and technology to ensure the safety of our patients. We make a customised treatment plan based on your individual needs. To know more, call us today.