In vitro fertilization is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body. After 2~3 or 5 days of embryo culture, the fertilized egg is then transferred to the woman’s uterus. Since both egg and sperm are collected and fertilized outside of the body, it is called the in vitro. Mature embryos are usually transferred back into the uterus, it is commonly called IVF-ET. It is not only a medical treatment but also a useful evaluation tool to figure out the quality and condition of egg and sperm, fertilization ability, and development ability of embryos.
Ovulation induction is the stimulation of ovulation by medication to develop ovarian follicles. There are one-month-course and two-month-course, which depend on the case of each patient. Patients must stick to the doctor’s guideline. Ovulation inducing agent will be administered 2~3 days prior to period and will be continued for a week or two according to the maturity of follicles.
Once egg is fully mature, egg retrieval will be performed. The patient will be under sedation and complications are very rare. The process will take 20~30 minutes and the patient may need 2 hours of recovery period. For the male partner, he has to avoid intercourse for 3 days before the test. The semen should be gathered after a three day abstinence from sexual activity. He will come visit the clinic on the day of egg retrieval.
After 6 to 8 hours of culture, mature oocytes are placed to be fertilized. Approximately 18 hours after the procedure, the embryologists will check for fertilization. It may take 2~3 days or up to 5 days to fully culture the sample.
3 days or 5 days after egg retrieval, the embryos are placed into the uterus using a thin tube. If needed, special culture medium can be used to help embryos to implant.
After 12 days of egg retrieval, blood test will be performed to check pregnancy.
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In order for a pregnancy to occur naturally, the ovary releases an egg at ovulation which travels through the Fallopian tube where it meets the sperm and is then fertilized. The fertilized egg enters the uterine cavity where it implants in the thickened lining of the uterus (the endometrium).
Through IVF treatment (In Vitro Fertilisation), the ovaries are stimulated to produce a number of eggs which are then collected and mixed with sperm in the laboratory; this then allows fertilization to occur. The developing embryos are monitored closely and the healthiest embryos are then transferred into the uterus to allow implantation to occur.
IVF is a series of procedures performed to treat infertility especially to women over the age of 40. It can also be used as a treatment for certain health conditions such as Ovulation Disorder, Premature Ovarian Failure, Fallopian Tube Damage, Endometriosis, Unexplained Infertility, Uterine Fibroids, Impaired sperm production or function, Previous tubal sterilization or removal, Genetic Disorder, or Fertility preservation for cancer patients.
12 days after egg retrieval, your doctor will test your blood to check if you are pregnant. So you will need to stay local for a little longer after IVF to ensure all procedures are fully successful.
The success rate of IVF depends on several factors, including maternal age, lifestyle, the cause of infertility, and reproductive history. 40% of Women under the age of 35 will be successful and 25% of women aged 36 to 41 will be successful and only 4% over the age of 42 will be successful. You must also understand that pregnancy rates are not exactly the same as the live birth rate. Furthermore, you also need to know that there are some minor risks associated with IVF, for example, you may experience nausea or vomiting, shortness of breathing, Faintness, stomach pains and bloating, and potential weight gain.