Once you and your mate have decided to begin in vitro fertilization, you will then need to decide when you would like to begin the cycle. Speak with your infertility specialist about what will work with his schedule and your schedule and cycle. Invitro cost can run between $4000-$10,000 depending on what your specific needs are.
When you begin, your doctor will have start taking fertility medications to calm your ovaries; this will assist your physician in controlling what your ovaries are doing during the controlled ovarian stimulation phase. This process is normally done by giving you a cycle of birth control pills, it’s an easy, inexpensive way to provide you with hormones and calm your ovaries at the same time.
In a normal cycle, you grow just a single egg, but with in vitro fertilization your chances for pregnancy increase because the medication that you will be taking will make it possible for numerous follicles to develop, which are needed for this process.
Once this process is complete, your eggs will be collected by transvaginal ultrasound-guided oocyte aspiration. This is technique is relatively simple, you be given a local anesthetic and IV sedation, a small needle is placed through the vaginal wall guided by the ultrasonic probe to retrieve your eggs.
Your eggs will then be sent to the laboratory where they will be fertilized with your mate’s sperm or a donor’s sperm if your mate is unable to donate. Your eggs and sperm are left in a culture dish for 16-20 hours, then, they are examined for the first signs of fertilization. The embryos will be placed back in you after they’ve had two to three days to grow normally in the culture dish. This procedure is simple and will normally be done right in your doctor’s office. The embryos are placed inside a small catheter they are then placed in the uterus through the cervix and into the endometrial cavity.
If Pregnancy Occurs
Over the next few days, you blood will be drawn to test your progesterone and estradiol levels and pregnancy tests will be done, this is called the luteal phase of the cycle. If a pregnancy test is positive, then your doctor will monitor your pregnancy closely. Between the 4th and 6th week of your pregnancy and ultrasound will be done to hear the baby’s heartbeat and to see if there is more than one baby.
While you may be successful in achieving pregnancy with your first attempt at in vitro fertilization, you should talk with your doctor about doing a second cycle of in vitro fertilization if the first attempt is not successful.
If you are interested in learning more about invitro cost you should schedule an appointment at a Fertility Clinic in your area today.