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A Step-By-Step Guide To IVF

In vitro fertilization (IVF) was developed over forty years ago, and it remains one of the best options available for couples that have problems conceiving (especially if those problems are a result of low sperm count or fallopian tube damage).

For men, the demands are fairly simple; they must simply produce a fresh sperm sample around the time that their partner’s eggs are collected, and specialists in the lab will then perform a test to find the more active and healthy sperm. For women, however, there is a lot more to the process of IVF.

The treatment will involve the following steps.

1) Suppressing the menstrual cycle:

The first step is to inject (or administer via nasal spray) a drug that uses gonadotrophin-releasing hormones to suppress your menstrual cycle. This will usually take place every day for two whole weeks. Whether this stage is part of your IVF process will depend on the opinion of the medical experts trying to help you conceive.

2) Using fertility medication to develop eggs:

Next, you will begin a course of fertility drugs that contain the hormone FHS (follicle stimulating hormone). Injecting these drugs will allow your doctors to calculate the exact time that your egg will ripen, and will increase the likelihood that your ovaries will produce more than one egg for collection.

IVF works best if more than one egg is collected because not all of the eggs will fertilize or properly develop once they have been collected. For each cycle of IVF, you will usually have to inject yourself with fertility drugs every day for between eight and twelve days.

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