• Ovarian stimulation and egg development
Prior to beginning your IVF treatment cycle, you will be started on a medication to suppress the ovaries. Once the ovaries are suppressed, hormones are prescribed to be injected daily or twice daily in order to stimulate the ovaries to develop multiple eggs.
• Egg retrieval and evaluation
After tests indicate that eggs have reached maturity, you’ll be prescribed another hormone, HCG, to finalize the maturation process. Egg retrieval is scheduled for 35 to 36 hours later.
Egg retrieval is a brief procedure that is typically performed in the early morning. Guided by the images from a transvaginal ultrasound, the doctor inserts the tip of a small needle through the vaginal wall, into the ovary, and into the egg sac (follicle). The contents of each follicle are evaluated under a microscope by our embryologist.
• Egg fertilization and transfer
Eggs that are determined to be mature thereby having the greatest chance of fertilization or producing a pregnancy are ready to be introduced to sperm four to six hours after egg retrieval. Fertilized eggs are incubated for three to five days, until ready for transfer to the patient.
• Pregnancy test
A pregnancy test is typically performed two weeks after transfer. We’ll provide you with specific instructions as to when to return to the office and what testing will occur.