Fertility Treatment: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
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ivfprescriptions - December 22

IVF is a common treatment for infertility, which involves removing eggs from your ovaries and mixing them with sperm in a laboratory. The eggs are fertilized in the dish, and ‘in vitro’ means ‘in glass.’

The first IVF baby was born in 1978. Since then, there have been thousands more.

Who Should Try IVF?

IVF is regularly recommended for:
•Women with damaged or blocked fallopian tubes
•Men with minor sperm problems (major problems are treated with ICSI)
•If you’ve tried getting pregnant medications without success
•If you’ve been trying to conceive for a year without success and no other explanation has been found

How IVF is Done

IVF begins by using female infertility drugs such as Fragmin 500 IU pregnancy and Gynorest medication, to help produce between 8-12 eggs instead of one.

Your doctor will do an ultrasound to determine if the eggs are ready. Next, they will put you under sedation to extract them. Some women feel mild discomfort during the procedure.

While the eggs are being retrieved, your partner will provide a semen sample, or you’ll use donated or frozen sperm. The sperm are washed, and the best quality ones are chosen for the eggs.

A doctor or technician will combine the eggs and sperm in a dish. Then they will culture in an incubator.

If fertilization occurs, the embryos will be kept in the incubator for 2-5 days. The doctor will select the healthiest ones to transfer into your uterus.

At this stage, you’ve been taking progesterone to help thicken the lining of your uterus, which will increase the chances of implantation.

If there are viable embryos left over from the IVF procedure, they can be frozen and saved for a later cycle.

A complete cycle of IVF takes from 4 to 6 weeks. The actual egg retrieval and fertilization takes about half a day, and the embryos culture in the lab for 2 to 5 days.

Once a pregnancy has occurred, doctors will regularly check on the baby’s growth via ultrasound. Children conceived by IVF exhibit no long-term problems or complications, and are just as healthy as those born from natural conception.

Fertility Medication

There are a wide range of fertility medications available. For example, GnRH agonist or antagonist drugs prevent your pituitary glad from releasing fertility hormones. FSH containing drugs are used to stimulate egg follicles to grow. hCG drugs are used to encourage final egg maturation.

Some popular IVF drugs include Lovenox 2850 IU, Follistim 300 IU (Puregon) and Gonal-F 300 IU.

IVF Success Rates

Success rates depend on a couple’s specific fertility problems and age. Younger couples have a higher chance of success.

Here are recent success rates for women using their own fresh eggs:
•Under 35: 32 percent
•Between 35 and 37: 28 percent
•Between 38 and 39: 21 percent
•Between 40 and 42: 14 percent
•Between 43 and 44: 5 percent
•45 or over: 2 percent

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