Having the family that you have always wanted can fulfill some of the most innate yearnings within us. There is a true joy found in raising children, which is why so many couples who have trouble conceiving naturally turn to assisted reproductive technology treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
IVF is a process, and it's important that our patients understand what the various steps in the process entail. When you visit our fertility center, we'll be sure to give you a full rundown of the IVF process in full an what it entails. Right now, we'd like to focus on the basics of the IVF procedure, with a particular focus on the process of embryo transfer and why that is so important.
About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
IVF is a process in which eggs are carefully retrieved from the ovaries of a woman so that they can be fertilized in a lab setting rather than internally. This ensures successful fertilization. When the eggs begin the process of cellular division, the embryos are then placed back into the uterus so that they can develop and the pregnancy can be carried to term.
What is embryo transfer?
Embryo transfer is the part of the IVF process in which the fertilized egg is placed back into the uterus. It is generally the last portion of the IVF process since proper fertilization and transfer will lead to successful pregnancy.
Why is embryo transfer performed?
Without embryo transfer, the IVF process would simply involve fertilization without giving the embryos the ability to develop into a baby like the natural process. The embryo needs to attach to the uterine wall so that it can receive proper nutrients and the process of bringing a child t term can progress.
When is embryo transfer performed?
Embryo transfer is usually performed three days after the egg has been fertilized, which usually means that the embryo has divided into eight cells. In some cases, fertility doctors may wait additional days so that the embryo develops into a blastocyst. This will be up to the discretion of the patient's fertility specialist.
What Patients Can Expect from the Embryo Transfer Process
During embryo transfer, patients are often given a sedative to reduce unease and discomfort. The embryo is introduced into the uterus through a soft catheter. Ultrasound may be used in order to assist with guidance of the catheter and placement of the embryo.
Following embryo transfer, patients may experience some cramping and will remain in recovery for a few hours before being able to return home. Followup visits are done in order to monitor the patient for successful pregnancy.
Other Fertility Treatments to Consider with Regard to Fertility Treatment
There is more to fertility treatment than just IVF. Egg donors, sperm donors, and surrogate carriers may be able to assist in the process of starting your family. We can go over all of these matters in greater detail during your visit to our practice.
Learn More About Your Fertility Treatment Options
If you would like to learn more about IVF and your many other options out there for assisted reproduction, be sure to contact our fertility center serving Los Angeles today. Our entire team looks forward to answering any and all questions that you may have and helping you make smart decisions about starting a family of your own.