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IVF Overview: Steps to getting pregnant

My name is Dr. Zaher Merhi and I am a fertility specialist at New Hope Fertility at New York City.

Today I will be talking about the IVF process.  IVF is a process that involves a lot of effort, time and money.  So it is important that you understand this process before you go to your fertility doctor.  To understand the process, there are many steps.

  1. The initial visit with your doctor

During the initial visit it is important to review your medical and surgical history, any medications you are taking, and to emphasize the regularity of your menstrual cycle.  Also be open about your history of STD’s that could block your fallopian tubes.  It is also important to tell your doctor about your husband’s history too. 

  1. The workup

During the workup your fertility doctor will be asking you questions about your history, but also where you are in your cycle, performing tests to understand if you have any genetic disposition you and your husband might pass on to your baby, like cystic fibrosis, or sickle cell.  Also, they will test for your ovarian health, follicle size and number of potential egg reserve. 

  1. Ovarian Stimulation

During IVF your doctor will do baseline blood and hormone testing.  After the baseline is determined, you will receive medication to stimulate your ovaries. 

  1. Egg Retrieval

During the egg retrieval you will receive an ultrasound while your fertility doctor will collect your eggs using a special retrieval needle. 

  1. Fertilization

Your eggs are placed in a dish and the sperm is added to the dish.  One of these sperm will fertilize the egg and create an embryo.  We analyze them for 5 days, and transfer the best looking one back into your uterus.  

  1. Pregnancy test

The time you have been waiting for.  After about 10 days, your fertility doctor will ask you to come back for a blood test.  They will measure your hormone levels to determine if you are clinically pregnant.  If you are, you will come back regularly for blood and ultrasounds to ensure the pregnancy progresses well.




Topics: IVF

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