If you are a couple trying to conceive a child without much success, you must have come across the term - in vitro fertilisation or IVF. It involves a biologically complex series of procedures that can be used to address the problems that obstruct the conception of a child. In simple words, the process involves collecting mature eggs from the ovaries and fertilising them with the sperms of the father and then implanting them in the uterus of the expecting mother or a surrogate. A cycle of IVF would take about 2 weeks in general.
Why is IVF so popular?
In vitro fertilisation is known to be the most effective form of all the assisted reproductive technologies used today. The best thing about the process is that it can be performed with your eggs and the sperms of your partner. If there is a problem with the quality of the eggs or sperms, a donor can even be considered. If there is a problem with the uterus, a gestational carrier can be the answer. The chances of a healthy baby through IVF depends on certain factors, however. This includes the cause of infertility and the age of the expecting mother.
What are the cases in which IVF is considered?
If there is a problem with the fertility of the couple, IVF can offer a solution. However, before attempting IVF, you should consider other options that are less invasive. These include the usage of fertility drugs that increase egg production or intrauterine insemination. The following are the cases when IVF should be considered:
How do you need to prepare for IVF?
The success of the process would depend on factors that involve the age of the patient and the medical issues. You would need to go through a few screening tests before the procedures commence.
The procedure is quite complicated and there can be a lot of other guidelines to follow. Your doctor would be able to tell you more about your particular case.Authored by Dr. Radhika Meka
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