Many people who are considering in vitro fertilization want to know more about treatment timelines, and an IVF calendar can help.
An IVF cycle uses assisted reproductive technology to fertilize a woman's eggs outside her body. The resulting embryos are then transferred into the woman's uterus through the cervix.
IVF procedures are highly individualized, and the IVF calendar is different for each couple.
But there still is a “typical” IVF calendar that can give you a good idea of how long the process takes.
The first week of your IVF calendar begins with the first day of your menstrual cycle, if you have regular menstruation.
On day four of the menstrual cycle, you’ll begin taking an oral contraceptive and continue for 1-5 weeks.
Then comes a regiment of medications that suppress hormone production and control ovarian stimulation.
About 3-5 weeks from the start of your IVF cycle is a baseline ultrasound and blood tests.
Then it’s time to begin taking another medication to stimulate follicles and encourage the production of egg cells.
Fertilization and Transfer
After two weeks of stimulation, egg retrieval takes place.
Reproductive scientists then fertilize the egg in a lab setting using assisted reproductive technology.
One or more fertilized embryos are transferred to the uterus 3-5 days after retrieval.
Two weeks after retrieval comes a pregnancy test, and with a positive result comes follow-up monitoring.
Overall IVF Calendar
The typical IVF calendar takes about eight weeks from the start of hormone-suppression medication. Ovary stimulation may be shorter or longer depending on your body’s response.
Should the IVF cycle fail to bring about a viable pregnancy, you may begin another cycle after 4-6 weeks.
However, cutting-edge techniques have led to increasing IVF success rates for many couples.
You can find out more at a free informational seminar, where doctors from Oregon Reproductive Medicine will answer all your questions about what your IVF calendar could look like.
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