Once you’ve had the initial meeting with your IVF specialist, you will be given medication that will suppress your natural menstrual cycle. This is to ensure that the medication used in the next stage will be more effective. Your specialist will advise on which mediation will be best for you. And you will then continue to use this for around two weeks. Now that your natural cycle has been suppressed, the next stage will be to take a fertility hormone called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Again, similar to step two, this is a process that you continue for 10-12 days. This is important because FSH increases the number of eggs your ovaries produce. This means due to the increase of eggs it is likely more eggs will be fertilised. More eggs mean a greater choice of embryos to use in your treatment. which is extremely important for your success rate. The clinic will carry out routine check-ups on your progress, and a formal evaluation will take place at the end of the process. Vaginal ultrasound scans will be used to monitor your ovaries, which are sometimes (if required) followed by blood tests. Around 34-38 hours before your eggs are collected, you’ll be given one final hormone injection that will help your eggs to mature.
During this process, sedation is required. Your eggs will then be collected using a needle that will pass through the vagina and into each of the ovaries under the guidance of our ultrasound. While this may sound invasive and slightly uncomfortable, our trusted and dedicated IVF specialists stress that this is a minor procedure, only lasting around 15-20 minutes. Two days after fertilisation, normal embryos will be between two and six cells. Three days after fertilisation, normal embryos will be between seven and nine cells.
On the fourth day of fertilisation, most normal embryos will have reached the morula stage (too many cells to count with a microscope). Then, after 16-20 hours have passed, they are checked to see if any eggs have been successfully fertilised.
Finally, hormone medicines will be supplied to aid in preparation for lining the womb to receive the embryo. The usual process for this is via pessary, injection, or gel.
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