Getting pregnant isn’t always easy. 1 in 8 couples have trouble conceiving naturally. Get started with a fertility assessment, and we’ll figure the rest out together.
How IVF works
An IVF cycle takes about one month from the day you start medication to your pregnancy test. An IVF cycle with Kindbody is $12,500, and it includes ovarian stimulation monitoring, egg retrieval procedure, semen preparation, fertilization and culture of the eggs, and embryo transfer procedure.
The conception assessment is the first step of the IVF process, or just a way to learn more about your fertility. It includes a blood test for fertility hormones, a review of your medical history, an ultrasound, and a personalized treatment plan.
Once your assessment results are returned, a certified reproductive endocrinologist will recommend a personalized plan. A few more tests may be issued before beginning the stimulation process.
Your fertility care team will help you understand how to administer the at-home hormone injections before you begin.
You’ll be giving yourself small at-home hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries, so they can grow more eggs.
Throughout this protocol - usually 10-14 days - you’ll come in for regular scans and blood tests to monitor your response to the drugs and adjust your dosage as necessary.
When your hormones and follicles are at the right levels, a fertility specialist will provide you with a trigger injection, which allows your eggs to complete maturation and start the ovulation process. This happens about 36 hours before your egg retrieval.
Egg Retrieval & Sperm Collection
You’ll be sedated for about 10-15 minutes, while a physician collects your eggs. You may be a little sore afterward, but the majority of women resume normal activities the next day.
Typically, on the same day as your egg retrieval, a semen sample is collected from the male.
After the egg retrieval and sperm collection, an embryologist will place the eggs and sperm into an incubator to fertilize. Any resulting embryos are left to develop for 3-5 days and are closely monitored for quality.
Around 3-5 days after your retrieval, the highest quality embryo(s) are transferred back into your uterus. You do not need to be sedated for the transfer - it only takes a few minutes and there is typically minimal, if any, discomfort.
Any high-quality embryos not transferred can be frozen for future use.
Note: if additional genetic screening is recommended on your embryos, you may need to wait up to one month between the retrieval and transfer.
About 9-11 days after the transfer, you’ll take a pregnancy test to see if the embryo is developing into a fetus. Your fertility care team will guide you through the next steps and arrange for the appropriate support.
It’s important to note that more than one cycle is often needed — the average number of cycles is 2.5, but this varies widely.
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