What is IVF and when you need it


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In Vitro Fertilization is a one assisted reproductive technology (ART) commonly referred to as IVF. IVF is the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus. Other forms of ART include gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) and zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT).

When is IVF suggested or used?

  • Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes

  • Male factor infertility including decreased sperm count or sperm motility

  • Women with ovulation disorders, premature ovarian failure, uterine fibroids

  • Women who have had their fallopian tubes removed

  • Individuals with a genetic disorder

  • Unexplained infertility

IVF Process
Most IVF centers will inform patients of these processes so as to prepare them physically and emotionally as it does take its toll on the body and quite invasive.

There are five basic steps in the IVF and embryo transfer process:

Step 1: Fertility medications are prescribed to stimulate egg production. Multiple eggs are desired because some eggs will not develop or fertilize after retrieval. Transvaginal ultrasound is used to examine the ovaries, and blood test samples are taken to check hormone levels.

Step 2: Eggs are retrieved through a minor surgical procedure that uses ultrasound imaging to guide a hollow needle through the pelvic cavity to remove the eggs. Medication is provided to reduce and remove potential discomfort.

Step 3: The male is asked to produce a sample of sperm, which is prepared for combining with the eggs.

Step 4: In a process called insemination, the sperm and eggs are mixed together and stored in a laboratory to encourage fertilization. In some cases where there is a lower probability of fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be used. Through this procedure, a single sperm is injected directly into the egg in an attempt to achieve fertilization. The eggs are monitored to confirm that fertilization and cell division are taking place. Once this occurs, the fertilized eggs are considered embryos.

Step 5: The embryos are usually transferred into the woman’s uterus three to five days following egg retrieval and fertilization. A catheter or small tube is inserted into the uterus to transfer the embryos. This procedure is painless for most women, although some may experience mild cramping. If the procedure is successful, implantation typically occurs around six to ten days following egg retrieval.

Side effects of IVF include:
Passing a small amount of fluid (may be clear or blood-tinged) after the procedure
Mild cramping
Mild bloating
Constipation
Breast tenderness

Be observant of the following symptoms and see your doctor ASAP:
Pelvic pain
Heavy vaginal bleeding
Blood in the urine
A fever over 100.5 °F (38 °C)

Like most medical procedures, IVF has it’s side effects.
Fertility medications can have various side effects including headaches, mood swings, abdominal pain, hot flashes, and bloating, amongst other side effects. Although it is rare, fertility medications may cause ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS). Symptoms of OHSS may include abdominal pain or a feeling of being bloated. More severe symptoms include the following:
Nausea or vomiting
Decreased urinary frequency
Shortness of breath
Faintness
Severe stomach pains and bloating
Ten pound weight gain within three to five day

Culled from americanpregnancy

What is the success rate of IVF?
The success rate of IVF clinics depends on a number of factors including reproductive history, maternal age, cause of infertility, and lifestyle factors. It is also important to understand that pregnancy rates are not the same as live birth rates.

In the United States, the live birth rate for each IVF cycle started is approximately:

41-43% for women under age 35
33-36% for women ages 35 to 37
23-27% for women ages 38 to 40
13-18% for women ages over 40

It should be noted that multiple pregnancy is most commonly linked to IVF.


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Please has any1 done a successful one that can share with me? I will really really appreciate it


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Dear. This center’s u mentioned really have hidden charges. I have been ttc for 3years now, pcos and male factor infertility.i am 28 and DH 35, I and DH agreed on ivf(our first ever attempt of assisted conception) after a month of research for the best clinic I came to know KINGSWILL SPECIALIST HOSPITAL in festac. They billed us 1m.
I went ahead with the process,
34 follicles where retrived :sweat:
I don’t know how many was fertilized but more than 8 got to blastocyst stage and 5 blastocyst :sunglasses:was transferred on the 5th of September 2017.
On the 15th of sep 2017 I got clear blue hpt positive pregnancy.
My beta hcg is on Tuesday I just hope my hcg will be high enough to progress to pregnancy.

I wish all of us here believing God for babies will get there own bfp in the awesome name of Jesus Christ AMEN.


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Wow! that is great! I’m really happy for you!
That was barely 3 days ago, I’m praying with you hun, your joy shall be full in Jesus name and hcg shall co-operate.

Is this inclusive of the medications and assessment tests ?
Thank you so much for sharing @Chi


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Yes everything. The only extra stuff is the progesterone injection after the embryo transfer. Which is 15k.(it’s optional) apart from it every other thing is included on that billed 1m.


#6

Wooow,am so happy for you dear,your hcg will be normal to carry your pregnancy full term and deliver like the Hebrew woman ijn. You will surely testify.


#7

Thanks dear. We will all celebrate.


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@Chi congrats dear, I’m reading your posts about ur IVF n success. I’m very happy for u and you shall carry to term IJN.
I was trying to get more information about this clinic and other services they offer but it seems like it’s just one doctor and nothing much on the website. I’m really trying to decide on wch clinic to use


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Yes. Its a private hospital so its ownered my 1 person but they have several other doctors. Forget about website dear go there and see things for ur self. I will still come up with my ivf journey with this hospital. For now my body is still trying to get use to the pregnancy state.


#10

Ok thank u


#11

yes o @ chi, we are all anxiously waiting to read about ur journey o!


#12

I carry chair siddon dey wait the gist :blush:


#13

Big congratulations to you @chi God will perfect it for you, may you carry to full term.