Fertility and Ovulation Calendar
- If a couple is having trouble becoming pregnant on their own (due to infertility in either the male or female), in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be used in order to achieve a viable pregnancy. A fertility and ovulation calendar is a way to measure and keep track of a woman’s ovulation cycle to determine the most effective time to become pregnant.
- A fertility and ovulation calendar lays out the timetable for a typical in vitro fertilization process. The average fertility calendar is a span of about eight weeks, beginning with 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 fertility calendar cycle after 4-6 weeks.
- An IVF fertility calendar 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.
- Because each IVF procedure is highly individualized, the fertility calendar will be different for each couple. Still, there is a “typical” IVF fertility calendar to follow to give an idea of how the process unfolds.
Beginning the Fertility and Ovulation Calendar: Medications
- The first week of your fertility and ovulation calendar begins with the first day of your menstrual cycle (if you have regular menstruation).
- On day 4 of the menstrual cycle, you’ll begin taking an oral contraceptive and continue for 1-5 weeks. Next, a series of medications is implemented to suppress hormone production and control ovarian stimulation.
- 3-5 weeks from the start of your IVF cycle, the patient takes a baseline ultrasound and blood tests.
- After these tests, medication is given to stimulate egg follicles and encourage the production of egg cells.
Completing the Fertility and Ovulation Calendar: Fertilization and Transfer
- After 2 weeks of stimulation, egg retrieval takes place. IVF specialists then fertilize the egg in a lab setting using assisted reproductive technology.
- 3-5 days after retrieval, one or more fertilized embryos are transferred to the uterus.
- A pregnancy test is taken 2 weeks after the egg retrieval process.
- Should the IVF cycle fail to bring about a viable pregnancy, you may begin another cycle after 4-6 weeks.
More IVF Information
- 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 fertility calendar could look like.
- Our events take place across the country, and we may be visiting your city soon.