In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) FAQs
How long does IVF Process take ?
In vitro fertilization process typically takes from 4 to 6 weeks prior to egg retrieval. The embryos created from the sperm and egg are then transferred anywhere 3-5 days later.
What are my choices if my tubes have been tied ?
There are multiple options for you to conceive even if you have been trying for a year without any success. You can go for surgery or repair the tubes or IVF. There are pros and cons to each choice and often the best choice depends on your unique situation. IVF offers the chance for pregnancy without having to undergo an operation and maintaining contraception or birth control against future pregnancies after completion of your family.
What is your age cut-off for doing IVF with my own eggs ?
It depends on the AMH level of the patient. However, many women come to us whose age is over 32 and they have been successfully conceived with their own eggs after going through IVF.
How many embryos do you transfer to the IVF Patient ?
It depends on the number of factors and the scenario of each patient is individual. Generally, our embryologists transfer anywhere from two to three embryos at one time.
Do we have to be extra careful during IVF treatment particularly after the transfer of embryo to ensure its implantation ?
Being a patient undergoing IVF treatment, there is actually nothing you can do – medically nor practically – after the transfer of the embryo to aid its implantation. After the embryo transfer, some patients take bed rest and believe they can have a positive influence on the chances of success of the treatment. However, there is no indication that this would lead to an increased chance of pregnancy. It also makes no sense at all to feel guilty if the implantation doesn’t occur: your behaviour certainly has nothing to do with it.
After embryo transfer, when will I know if I’m pregnant ?
After the embryo transfer, pregnancy test is done after 14 days. Overall, it takes 2 or 3 months to confirm pregnancy.
Can I still go for IVF if I had a hysterectomy ?
You are able to have a child using your eggs and your husband’s sperm. Yes in some cases a partial hysterectomy still offers a ray of hope for a woman to achieve conception with IVF especially if the ovaries are left intact, there is minimum scarring in the surrounding organs and the woman is ovulating and menstruating normally.
Is it possible to do IVF without removing myoma ?
A uterine myoma is a benign growth of smooth muscle in the wall of the uterus. Myoma usually grows during pregnancy when the body is producing extra estrogen. It does not affect pregnancy all the time. We suggest you to remove the myoma and then prepare for the in vitro fertilization.
Can fibroids interfere with IVF ?
Fibroids are benign growths of the muscle of the uterus. There are different types of fibroids and most of them do not affect your fertility. If it is located inside the uterus and larger than 5cm in diameter, then there are high chances it will hamper with your chances of getting pregnant since the embryo will fail to implant. Hence we would recommend removing the fibroid in such cases before attempting an IVF.
Can I exercise while I’m undergoing IVF treatment ?
Yes, there is no harm in mild exercising but you should refrain from high-impact exercise and opt for workouts such as walking, swimming, yoga, or cycling during IVF treatment.