The process of conception begins with the menstrual cycle, release of an egg (ovulation), fertilization of the egg in the tube by sperm to create an embryo, and then implantation of the embryo into the uterus. But if you are undergoing IVF or In Vitro Fertilization, you may need to know a little more about the reproduction process.
How can I improve my chances of IVF success?
To improve your chances of success in In Vitro Fertilization, the following may be recommended-
- Vitamins: Coenzyme Q 10, vitamin D and some others specific to each patient
- Stress Relief: Fertility acupuncture and psychological counseling may be advised
- Weight control
- Avoid smoking and restrict caffeine content
Does the egg retrieval hurt?
Only a few women find egg retrieval painful. You may find it uncomfortable but not as bad as they are feared.
What day is the embryo transferred?
The day of egg retrieval is called day 0 (zero). The eggs are fertilized the same day and by the next morning (day 1) you know if fertilization has occurred properly. Transfer can be done on day 3 or day 5, as your doctor recommends.
Should I freeze my embryos?
There is increasing evidence that for many women, it might be better to transfer embryos after they have been frozen. It may be because your body is restored to a more natural state than it is during the IVF cycle.
Is there a high chance of having twins?
If one embryo is transferred into the uterus, the chance is only 2%-5% but if more than one embryo is transferred into the uterus, the likelihood of twins is 30% to 50%.
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