One of the most common forms of fertility treatments is in vitro fertilization (IVF). With fertility declining drastically after the age of 30, women may find themselves struggling to conceive, though they are still capable of carrying a child. This is a perfect opportunity for IVF.
The IVF process uses hormone injections to stimulate the ovaries to mature eggs. The eggs are then retrieved through aspiration and are incubated and fertilized in a laboratory. Once they are fertilized, they are placed back into the uterus to continue growing.
If you or someone you love is seeking fertility treatment through a fertility clinic or reproductive center, educating yourself is the best first step. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about in vitro fertilization:
How much does in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment cost?
The IVF process can be costly, though more for some than others. The exact numbers depend on the required medication for a patient, insurance carriers and many other factors. Pricing may depend on the clinic you use, so it's best to ask them for specific cost information.
What is the percentage of success with each treatment cycle?
Levels of success vary from patient to patient. The only person who can accurately predict the possibility of a successful outcome through treatment is your physician after an evaluation has been completed. The Center for Disease Control also requires all IVF treatment programs to report their statistics.
Is the egg retrieval process painful?
IVF is generally done under anesthesia, so the patient will be asleep during the IVF process. Patients won't feel pain during the procedure and will generally only experience minimal side effects afterwards, such as nausea and vomiting.
How soon after IVF can a pregnancy test be performed?
HCG is during the egg retrieval process so a pregnancy test will be positive for a while after the retrieval procedure. Due to the risk of a false positive, most clinics will recommend waiting between 12 and 14 days after the procedure to take a pregnancy test.
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