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What to Expect From IVF

Our team can help you learn what to expect from IVF

Many patients who visit our Tulsa fertility center want to know more about what to expect from IVF. The IVF process offers high pregnancy rates, as it helps patients bypass a variety of fertility challenges, ranging from blocked fallopian tubes to ovulation disorders. IVF can also help ensure the doctor transfers a healthy embryo into the patient’s uterus.

The IVF process is a popular way to help patients build families

When a patient comes to our Tulsa fertility center, we can help them determine if they are a good candidate for IVF. Numerous factors make IVF a good option for a patient.

Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes can prevent sperm from reaching the egg and the fertilized egg from entering the uterus. As such, women with tubal challenges might require IVF. Endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and previous surgery in the abdomen can all cause fallopian tube issues.

Low egg quality or quantity tends to appear in women aged 35 and over, as female fertility decreases with age. A 30-year-old woman has about a 20% chance of conceiving each cycle, while a 40-year-old woman only has a 5% chance.

Ovulation challenges. IVF can help women overcome ovulation disorders like polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS can affect the regulation of reproductive hormones that allow for ovulation.

Recurrent miscarriages or unsuccessful fertility treatments. Women who have had multiple miscarriages or numerous unsuccessful fertility treatments could also benefit from IVF.

The doctors at our clinic use fertility evaluations, such as bloodwork, ultrasound, genetic testing and hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to determine if the IVF process will benefit a patient.

Discover what to expect from IVF

After the doctor determines that IVF is a good treatment option, our Tulsa fertility center helps the patient learn what to expect from IVF.

Fertility medications. The IVF process begins with the woman taking injectable fertility medications. These medications cause multiple eggs to develop.

Monitoring. When the woman is taking fertility medications, she regularly comes to our clinic for blood tests and ultrasounds. This monitoring allows the doctor to track the growth of the eggs and adjust the woman’s medications if needed.

Trigger shot and egg retrieval. After the eggs reach the ideal size, the woman takes a shot that triggers her body to release the eggs. About 36 hours later, the doctor retrieves the eggs during a short procedure.

Fertilization. Following the egg retrieval, an embryologist fertilizes the eggs with sperm from the woman’s partner or a sperm donor.

PGT. After fertilization, the embryologist can perform preimplantation genetic testing if the patient selects this option.

Embryo transfer. The final part of the IVF process involves the doctor transferring one of the embryos into the woman’s uterus.

With the expert support of our clinic, IVF often results in patients taking home a healthy baby. Contact us for more information about what to expect from IVF.