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In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process in which eggs are retrieved from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Once fertilized, the embryo is implanted into the uterus with the goal of developing into a full-term pregnancy.
IVF was developed in the 1970s as a method to treat infertility caused by blocked or damaged fallopian tubes. Louise Brown was the first baby conceived with IVF in 1978. Since then, over 8 million babies have been born via IVF.
First, we conduct an evaluation to assess fertility. Once we establish egg quantity and quality, we begin a personalized regimen of injectable fertility medications to stimulate ovaries to produce eggs. During stimulation, we monitor ovaries through bloodwork and ultrasounds to ensure medication is optimally dosed throughout the cycle.
When follicles reach the appropriate size, we provide an injection to trigger egg maturation. Approximately 36 hours after the injection we retrieve eggs using a needle and ultrasound guidance. During the procedure, patients are sedated. The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes and most patients are able to resume normal activities within 1-2 days.
In the embryology laboratory, an embryologist fertilizes the mature eggs. Eggs can be fertilized using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or conventional fertilization. ICSI is a process which involves the microinjection of one sperm into the cytoplasm of a mature egg (oocyte). In conventional fertilization, eggs are placed in drops of media and sperm is then added to those drops.
Embryos are placed in the uterus using a catheter and ultrasound guidance. Most women recover in less than a day. A pregnancy test is taken 10 days after the embryo transfer to determine if the embryo has successfully implanted, and the patient is pregnant.
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