What exactly is IVF?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common type of assisted reproductive technology
(ART), used to create an embryo by bypassing certain causes of infertility, such as mild
sperm abnormalities in men, and fallopian tube or ovulation irregularity in women.
During IVF, a woman’s eggs are non-invasively retrieved and then fertilized in a laboratory
by mixing with a partner (or donor’s) sperm. The fertilized egg, or embryo, is left to grow
for five days, and is then non-invasively transferred into the woman’s womb.
Am I a candidate for IVF?
There are a number of factors involved in determining if a patient is suitable for IVF
treatment. Appropriate candidates often include couples who may experience:
- Low sperm count
- Problems with the uterus or fallopian tubes
- Ovulation disorders
- Sperm unable to penetrate or survive in the cervical mucus
- Other health or unexplained reproductive issues
The only way to know for sure if in vitro fertilization is right for you is to undergo a
complete exam and consultation with fertility doctor.
Is the egg retrieval procedure painful?
Because anesthesia is used for egg retrieval, patients feel nothing during the procedure. Egg
retrieval is a minor day care procedure, in which a vaginal ultrasound probe fitted with a
long, thin needle is passed through the wall of the vagina and into each ovary. The needle
punctures each egg follicle and gently removes the egg through a gentle suction. Anesthesia
wears off quickly once egg retrieval is concluded. Patients may feel some minor cramping in
the ovaries that can be treated with appropriate medications.
What is PGS?
Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) is a technique to assess the karyotype (chromosome
number) of the embryos. It aims to detect embryos with normal chromosome component for
embryo transfer and exclude the transfer of aneuploidy embryos.
What is an ERA in IVF?
ERA stands for Endometrial Receptivity Analysis. It is a genetic test
performed on a very small sample of a woman's endometrial lining to determine which day
would be the best day to transfer the embryo during an IVF cycle
What is the success rate in IVF?
Till now we have successfully done more than 20000 live births through IVF in last 10 years &
our success rate in 75% to 85%.
Are there any restrictions while undergoing IVF?
Yes. Your doctor will recommend that you adhere to the basic guidelines below during the IVF
process and into your pregnancy. Restrictions of Smoking, Drinking and
Medications: It’s important to inform your doctor if you’re taking any
prescription or over-the-counter medications. Some medicines can interfere with the
prescribed fertility medication, or embryo transference, and others may not be safe to take
before surgery. Vigorous exercise: Intense physical activities like
aerobics, weightlifting and running are prohibited during ovarian stimulation and until the
results of one’s pregnancy are known.