The Invitro Fertilization Process

by: Elisa Cruz

If you are having trouble conceiving for whatever reason, the invitro fertilization process may be of concern to you. There are many misconceptions involved with invitro fertilization and it is important to keep yourself informed if you plan to use professional medical fertility measures to become pregnant.The invitro fertilization process firstly involves removing eggs from a woman's ovaries and mixing them with a man's sperm in a fertility lab. The removal of the eggs is planned according to the woman's ovulation cycle and they are removed when fully matured eggs are in the ovaries which may be used during the invitro fertilization process to create embryos. The woman may elect to take drugs which stimulate the ovaries to produce more eggs to increase the odds of success. The egg retrieval portion of the invitro fertilization process usually takes about a half hour. The man's sperm may have to be removed as well, if he has undergone a vasectomy. Once the woman's cycle has been followed three-six days up to the ovulation period, the eggs may be removed after a check via ultrasound. During the invitro fertilization process, once the eggs and sperm are retrieved, the eggs can be fertilized inside of the fertility labs. The fertilization process of each egg can take anywhere from four to six weeks. After his is completed, the woman will return to the clinic to have the embryos placed into the uterus. The initial part of the invitro fertilization process requires that the partners remain at the clinic for about half of a day so that the egg and sperm retrieval can occur as well as the fertilization procedures. When the embryos are placed into the uterus, a small tube is used and they are placed under sterile conditions. To prevent multiple pregnancies, only two to three embryos are placed inside the uterus at a time. Extra embryos may be frozen and used in the future if the initial attempt does not result in conception.The invitro fertilization process generally is more successful for women who are healthy and fertile, so age obviously can play a role in the success of the process. Most women are between 35 and 45. A woman can tell that the invitro fertilization process worked if a pregnancy test is positive within 10-14 days of the embryos being placed into the uterus. If a pregnancy test is negative after at least two weeks, then the initial attempt was not successful. A second attempt can then be planned.For woman who underwent a tubal ligation or whose fallopian tubes are blocked or damaged, the invitro fertilization process can be a great way to start a family. There are increased risks of having twins or triplets as well as ectopic pregnancies however and being fully aware of the risks involved is a very important part of the invitro fertilization process. Most insurance providers do not cover the invitro fertilization process so financing options may be available at the fertility clinic of your choosing. It is important to talk about cost and how you plan to make invitro fertilization a part of your budget.