- Ovarian stimulation (in some protocols down-regulation step precedes this)
- Egg collection
- Embryo transfer
Thursday, 10 April 2014
What is IVF?
IVF when it started in 1978 was done without any stimulation and had a low success rate. The advent of injectable medicines (such as hMG and FSH) enabled retrieval of more eggs from which more embryos can be created and good quality embryos can be selected. The process is intensive and the fertility specialist will need to monitor the patient very closely throughout the treatment. It is extremely important for patients to understand what is happening and to follow instructions very carefully as this can affect the end result.
The process of IVF is a complicated one and I will talk about it over the next few posts. There are essentially the following steps: