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New hope for women with IVF

Date :29-Oct-2019

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has become a common infertility treatment. It is the most effective and sought out treatment option embraced by the couple to fulfill their dream of parenthood. For some couples, IVF might be their last hope to have a family.

Ivf Treatment
IVF is a simple procedure and involves combining the egg and sperm outside the body, in vitro. The fertilized embryo will be later transferred into the uterus for implantation.  

Why IVF?

 There are a few reasons for choosing IVF such as:

  • Damage or blocks in the fallopian tube
  • Irregular or disorder in ovulation
  • Fibroid or tumors
  • Endometriosis
  • Removal or tubal sterilization
  • Problems with sperm count  

If other treatments or artificial insemination failed, then doctors would recommend IVF. 

The process can be explained step by step for a better understanding of IVF

  • Stimulation phase - it starts from day 1 of periods. The doctor will prescribe medication to encourage the growth of multiple follicles in the ovaries to produce more eggs. The medications are usually in the form of injections.
  • Egg retrieval - this surgical procedure involves mild sedation in which the oocytes (eggs) are retrieved.  
  • Fertilization - either conventional insemination or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) will be suggested
    · Conventional insemination is where mature eggs and sperm are combined and incubated overnight for fertilization.
    · ICSI is where a single sperm is directly injected into each of the mature eggs.
  • Assisted hatching -if too many IVF transfers have failed then, doctors would suggest assisted hatching. Just before the transfer of an embryo, the doctor will make a hole in the zona pellucid to facilitate natural hatching and implantation. It can also be used for previously frozen eggs or embryos.
  • Embryo transfer - fertilized eggs are transferred to the uterus for implantation. 

Once the embryo transfer is completed, one could get back to a regular routine. There are a few side effects that occur post the procedure, such as:

  • Swelling
  • Cramps
  • Bloating
  • Breasts would be tender
  • Feeling constipated


Benefits of IVF

There are a few reasons why couples choose IVF, such as:

  • IVF helps when other infertility treatments fail
  • Ability to select healthy embryos
  • Diagnose fertilization issues
  • IVF helps single women and same-sex couples

The chances to have a family depends on the quality of egg and sperm fertilized, a woman’s age, and lifestyle factors. At GIFT-GYNO IVF CENTRE, doctors can help couples to achieve their dream and goal to have a happy family with a healthy baby.

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