We’re sure you’ve heard of the popular book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” but there aren’t as many resources to walk you through what to expect when you’re undergoing fertility treatments or are considering the process:
So, we put together our own list of things to expect when you’re hoping to expect:
The Initial Meeting
We’ll start out with an initial interview. This is to talk to you about your options, make sure you’re comfortable with the process, and outline the process. This is a low stress, no obligation meeting designed to make sure this is the right choice for you and your family.
Schedule a consultation
Once you’re sure you want to proceed, we’ll do some initial tests. These may include blood tests and an ultrasound. This is to determine your egg count and fertility.
Medications that Induce Growth
Once all the initial tests are complete, you’ll start a series of drugs to induce follicle and egg production. This is important because we want to make sure you have as many healthy eggs as possible for IVF. This process takes about two weeks.
At a carefully determined time, you will be sedated and your eggs will be extracted via a hollow needle. Once extracted, the eggs will be combined with your partner’s sperm (or donated sperm).
About three to five days after your eggs are fertilized, your doctor will insert the formed embryo(s) into your uterus. This is a simple procedure that feels similar to a pap smear.
Progesterone Shots: For two weeks, you’ll get daily shots of progesterone. This hormone helps your embryo grow and gives you the best chance of getting pregnant. After two weeks, you’ll take a pregnancy test to determine the results of IVF.
We know that IVF can seem overwhelming. We’re here to answer your questions and demystify the process as much as possible.
If you have any questions about IVF, contact us at (713) 467-4488.
Your Friends at Advanced Fertility Center of Texas