IVF Process

 
WHAT IS THE IVF PROCESS?
 

There are many steps involved in the IVF process, but try not to become too overwhelmed by the process – that’s why we are here. Together, we will discuss what you can expect throughout the treatment process, review all of the medications, and learn about the testing that will be done. Although the IVF process is complex, one of our board-certified fertility specialists at the Center for Reproductive Health & Gynecology will try to simplify it for you and walk you through it one step at a time.

 

 

 

 

IVF Preparation

During our initial consultation, one of our board-certified fertility specialists will meet with you and discuss your case, diagnosis, and possible treatment options in detail. If you are an IVF candidate and you decide to proceed with your treatment, they will review the various tests that will be required in preparation for your cycle and identify and review the dates of your cycle.

In preparation for your cycle, both partners will need to have a few blood tests (HIV 1+2, HTLV I & II, Hep BsAg, Hep C ab, RPR). The male partner or sperm donor will need to provide a semen sample for semen analysis. A sperm sample may be frozen to serve as a back up for the actual procedure. Once the evaluation is complete, you will be able to start your treatment cycle based on available schedule and your menstrual cycle. We understand that you are anxious to begin treatment as soon as possible and we make every effort to get you started right away.

 

 

Ovulation Induction

Prior to starting the cycle, our IVF coordinator will meet with you again, review the medication schedule, and make sure that you are familiar with the drugs and the methods of administration. Once the treatment is in progress, you will be coming to the office periodically, typically on day five, seven, and nine of your injections) for monitoring of your response to the medications. This usually includes a blood test (Estrogen, E2 level) and an ultrasound on each visit. With each visit we will notify you of your progress and make sure that you know what will happen next.

Egg harvesting

Once your ultrasound and blood test results indicate that it is time for us to retrieve your eggs, we will ask you to stop all fertility drugs and take a medication called hCG. This medication will allow one of our board certified fertility specialists to retrieve your eggs in a timely manner. The retrieval (aspiration) is done under ultrasound guidance in a procedure room in our Beverly Hills office. You will be receiving medication to put you to sleep for a period of 10 to 30 minutes under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. Your male partner or sperm donor’s sperm will be needed on this date.

Insemination and Fertilization

Following the egg retrieval procedure, you will be contacted and will receive an update of the status of your embryos. The day after the aspiration (24 hours) you will find out how many eggs have fertilized. On day two (48 hours after aspiration) you will be informed of how many fertilized eggs (zygotes) are dividing and the number of normal appearing zygotes. On day three we will decide to either transfer the embryos or grow them to the Blastocyst day 5 or perform genetic testing.

Embryo Transfer

We will contact you to schedule the embryo transfer date. The options are a day three transfer or a day five transfer (blastocyst transfer). The final decision is made on day three (72 hours) when we will make an assessment together as to the best option for you with respect to an embryo transfer date (day three versus day five).

Post-IVF

After the embryo transfer you will be asked to stay on bed rest for one day and stay home for an additional two days of rest. You will be asked to continue your progesterone supplementation until the confirmatory pregnancy tests are done 10 to 12 days later. If we are blessed with a positive pregnancy test, you will need to continue the progesterone for the first 11 to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Contact us with IVF Questions

The IVF process can seem daunting to some of our patients who are entering their first cycle, but rest assured that each board-certified fertility specialist at our Sherman Oaks and Beverly Hills fertility centers understands your concerns and is ready to support you through every step of the way. We understand that you and your partner may have questions about the IVF process. If you would like more information, please contact us to schedule an informative consultation with an IVF expert.

 

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Sam Najmabadi, MD

Infertility Specialist & Reproductive Endocrinologist located in Beverly Hills, CA & Sherman Oaks, CA

Here at the Center for Reproductive Health & Gynecology (CRH&G), we are committed to providing patients from throughout Los Angeles, California with comprehensive fertility treatments from our offices conveniently located in Sherman Oaks and Beverly Hills, CA. We have an onsite fertility laboratory, enabling us to provide a variety of fertility treatments and services including egg freezing, in vitro fertilization, low-tech reproductive treatments, fertility assessments, and preimplantation genetic diagnostics. In addition, we are available to help you pursue surrogacy or egg donor services. Our strength lies in our ability to provide both the simple and the most advanced treatments.

We believe that it is important for you to be informed about the available treatments, procedures, and alternatives. It’s easy to feel nervous and overwhelmed by the complex nature of fertility treatments, especially with medical terms you might be unfamiliar with. We want your experience with us to be as comfortable as possible. Remember, understanding your treatment is essential to helping you feel that you are in control, rather than that the fertility is controlling you.

It is our goal to help you understand your situation and treatment options in terms that make sense to you. Some of the things you might want to know could include the purpose of a test, how and where the test is done, how it will feel, how you will receive your test results, and how much the test costs. You may also have questions about medications and the impact of the treatment on your schedule.

To view the inside of our facility and read more about us please click here

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Center For Reproductive Health & Gynecology

Here at the Center for Reproductive Health & Gynecology (CRH&G), we are committed to providing patients from throughout Los Angeles, California with comprehensive fertility treatments from our offices conveniently located in Sherman Oaks and Beverly Hills, CA. We have an onsite fertility laboratory, enabling us to provide a variety of fertility treatments and services including egg freezing, in vitro fertilization, low-tech reproductive treatments, fertility assessments, and preimplantation genetic diagnostics. In addition, we are available to help you pursue surrogacy or egg donor services. Our strength lies in our ability to provide both the simple and the most advanced treatments.

We believe that it is important for you to be informed about the available treatments, procedures, and alternatives. It’s easy to feel nervous and overwhelmed by the complex nature of fertility treatments, especially with medical terms you might be unfamiliar with. We want your experience with us to be as comfortable as possible. Remember, understanding your treatment is essential to helping you feel that you are in control, rather than that the fertility is controlling you.

It is our goal to help you understand your situation and treatment options in terms that make sense to you. Some of the things you might want to know could include the purpose of a test, how and where the test is done, how it will feel, how you will receive your test results, and how much the test costs. You may also have questions about medications and the impact of the treatment on your schedule.

To view the inside of our facility and read more about us please click here


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