IVF is a therapy that is used for treating infertility, as well as some genetic disorders. The IVF procedure involves taking oocytes, or eggs, from the woman’s body. Eggs and sperm are brought together in the laboratory (in vitro). Developing embryos are placed in the uterus, where pregnancy can occur.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Timeline
Meet with MRM to review medical history and testing results to determine optimal treatment plan for you.
Baselines and teaching
We will review your IVF calendar and medications as well as instruct you on medication dosing and administration.
Stimulation & Monitoring
You will be closely monitored for approximately 10-12 days with ultrasound and bloodwork to assure your stimulation cycle is progressing as planned
Once the follicles reach the appropriate size, a trigger medication will be given, and the egg retrieval will be planned for 36 hours after the trigger.
Your egg retrieval is a minor surgical procedure performed under anesthesia monitoring using conscious sedation, making you comfortable and relaxed during the process
Your eggs and sperm are carefully prepared in the laboratory for fertilization, often through Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
The embryo grows in the lab usually for a period of 5-6 days until it reaches the blastocyst stage. The embryologist will evaluate the embryos during this time and update you.
PGT is performed, which is a process of screening the embryos for chromosomal abnormalities. The embryo(s) are cryopreserved afterwards.
Frozen Embryo Transfer
The ultimate step in IVF is the transfer of the embryo into the uterine (endometrial) cavity. The transfer is a minor procedure and usually requires no anesthesia.
A pregnancy test will be scheduled approximately 10 days after the transfer.
You’re not Alone
1 in 8 Couples Experience Infertility
Both known and unknown causes of infertility can create a challenge
Often a direct relationship is identified for the cause of infertility (advanced age, diminished ovarian reserve, endometriosis, tubal factor, ovulation disorders, hormonal imbalances, pelvic disease, male factor, and others) but many times the source of infertility is unknown.
12%-15% of couples use ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) to assist in their family planning
It is our goal at MRM to provide all levels of services for all couples who need our assistance, whether it be conservative interventions to the most advanced, we are here to guide you through your options and set the best plan in motion for you.
Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT)
With our selection process and the use of PGT, the majority of our patients receive a single embryo transfer and subsequently deliver a single, healthy baby.
The patient can provide a known egg donor or use an anonymous donor from MRM.
There are uncommon but special complications associated with IVF. These include:
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
This rare condition results in painful enlargement of the ovaries due to hormonal stimulation. Patients typically recover with bed rest at home, but hospitalization is sometimes needed. Procedures to remove excess fluid from the body are required in rare situations.
Egg Retrieval Procedure
There is a small risk of reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, or injury to internal organs during the egg retrieval procedure.