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IVF Procedures

Unlike the simpler process of artificial insemination in which sperm is placed in the uterus and fertilizes the egg inside the body, IVF involves combining eggs and sperm outside the body in a laboratory. Once an embryo or embryos form, they are then placed in the uterus.

IVF is a complex and expensive procedure but can be highly effective.

IVF is never the first step in the treatment of infertility. Instead, it's reserved for cases in which other methods such as fertility drugs, surgery and artificial insemination haven't worked.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM IVF?

The first step in IVF involves injecting hormones so you produce multiple eggs each month instead of only one.You will then be tested to determine whether you're ready for egg retrieval.

Prior to the retrieval procedure, you will be given injections of a medication that prepares the developing eggs and starts the process of ovulation. Timing is important; the eggs must be retrieved just before they emerge from the follicles in the ovaries. If the eggs are taken out too early or too late, they won't develop normally. Most women are given pain medication and the choice of being mildly sedated or going under full anesthesia.

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