General Information

We all know that embarking on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a soul-stirring experience. In vitro (Latin: In glass) fertilization (IVF) is a form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) during which the process of fertilizing eggs with sperm is done outside of the human body. Once the eggs are fertilized, the resulting embryos are placed in the woman’s uterus expecting for a successful pregnancy. IVF is a booming procedure that is not just simple procedure, but a series of steps interlaced with each other and done over several weeks, it is a proven treatment for couples who are not able to conceive naturally. It includes a series of processes (ovulation induction, egg retrieval, sperm collection/retrieval, fertilization, and embryo transfer), which are used to assist with the conception of a child. The probability of success of an IVF treatment cycle will depend on many factors, such as the age of women, the quality of sperm, and the number of eggs and embryos transfer to the womb, optimal woman age is 23-37 years at the time of treatment.

FAQs related to IVF

What is IVF?

IVF stands for in vitro fertilization, which is a fertility treatment that involves fertilizing an egg with sperm outside the body in a lab dish.

Who is a candidate for IVF?

Couples experiencing infertility, women with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, and individuals with certain genetic disorders or fertility-related medical conditions may be candidates for IVF.

How is IVF done?

IVF involves stimulating the ovaries with medications, retrieving eggs from the ovaries, fertilizing the eggs with sperm in a lab dish, and transferring the resulting embryo(s) to the uterus.

Is IVF successful?

Success rates vary depending on factors such as age, infertility cause, and number of embryos transferred. On average, IVF success rates are around 50% for women under 35.

What are the risks of IVF?

Potential risks include multiple pregnancies, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, and ectopic pregnancy. There is also a small risk of birth defects and pregnancy complications.

Is IVF covered by insurance?

Coverage for IVF varies by insurance plan and location. Some plans offer full or partial coverage, while others do not cover the procedure at all.

How many times can a woman do IVF?

The number of times a woman can undergo IVF depends on factors such as age, fertility diagnosis, and personal preference. Most clinics recommend no more than six cycles.

Can a woman freeze embryos with IVF?

Yes, freezing embryos is a common part of the IVF process. Embryos can be frozen for future use or as a backup in case the initial IVF cycle is unsuccessful.

Are there alternative treatments to IVF?

Depending on the cause of infertility, alternative treatments may include fertility medications, intrauterine insemination, or surgical procedures.

Is IVF expensive?

IVF can be costly, with an average cost of around $12,000 per cycle in the US. Additional expenses may include medications, genetic testing, and storage fees for frozen embryos.

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    Dr. Anjali Ajit Deval

    Dr. Anjali Ajit Deval is the Director of IVF Spring Fertility Center Mumbai. With 15+ years’ practice experience as an…