IVF Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about IVF treatment. If you would like to learn more about in vitro fertilization from our infertility specialists in the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas area, contact CARE Fertility today.
What is involved in IVF? Is it complicated?
There are many steps involved with IVF, from initial consultation to transfer of the embryo. Many patients feel that the time and effort are worth the chance at a successful pregnancy. Women will need to undergo evaluation, blood tests, ultrasound, hormone therapy, egg retrieval, and embryo implantation on a carefully regulated schedule. Men will also need to be evaluated, have blood tests, and donate sperm. Our office will advise you as to what's needed.
Am I a candidate for IVF?
IVF is often the assisted reproductive technology of choice for women who have blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes, endometriosis, or difficulty with ovulation for any reason. This method often benefits couples when the man has a low sperm count, or has issues with the quality of sperm. After careful evaluation your reproductive endocrinologist will advise you on whether you're a candidate for the procedure. Whether you and your partner use your own or donated sperm and/or eggs, you'll need to follow your physician's instructions and comply with all testing procedures.
What are the chances of successful pregnancy with IVF?
There is no reliable way to predict whether or not any one individual will become pregnant using IVF. Usually, more than one IVF procedure is needed before pregnancy occurs. Although there are published statistics on success rates, it's important to realize that many factors play into successful implantation and pregnancy and birth from IVF.
How long does it take to complete an IVF cycle?
If everything goes according to plan, including ability to harvest eggs, fertilization of eggs with sperm, and successful transfer, one procedural cycle takes about three weeks. However, there might be some preparation needed before hormone therapy and egg follicle stimulation can occur; and remember, patients may need more than one procedure to become pregnant.