IVF Questions & Answers
How long does an egg retrieval take?Open or Close
it would depend on the number of follicles and accessibility of the ovary by the ultrasound? It usually takes about 15- 30 mins
Is the egg retrieval painful?Open or Close
No , as it is done under anasthesia.you may have few of or none of the typical side effects of anesthesia such as nausea and vomiting.
Is it normal to retrieve an egg from every follicle?Open or Close
Not necessarily. Although we will usually get an egg from most mature sized follicles, most women will have a mixed group of follicles after ovulation induction. Some of those follicles will have immature eggs or post mature eggs, which may not be identifiable so they will seem to have been "empty" follicles.
Is bed rest recommended after the embryo transfer?Open or Close
It is not necessary to have bed rest after ET. We do recommend that you take it easy following transfer for the rest of the day, but routine work activities can be resumed the next day.
Strenuous exercises such as jogging, horseback riding, swimming, etc. should be avoided until pregnancy is confirmed.
Is assisted hatching performed on all embryos?Open or Close
Yes as its shown assisted hatching will increase the implantation and pregnancy rates.
What is done with any "leftover" embryos?Open or Close
Embryos which are not transferred in the retrieval cycle are maintained in culture to determine if they develop to the blastocyst stage. If they do, they will be cryopreserved, if that is your wish.
Are there limitations on the number of IVF tries per couple?Open or Close
We find that most couples will get pregnant within 2 tries. Occasionally, there may be a reason to do a third attempt but that is not common. More than this would really require extenuating circumstances such as a miscarriage due to a non-recurring reason.
Can we have intercourse during the two-week period before an IVF procedure is performed?Open or Close
yes. We recommend that the husband refrain from ejaculation for at least 48 hours, but for no more than 5 to 6 days preceding egg retrieval. This precaution assures that the semen sample obtained for IVF will contain a maximum number of healthy, motile sperm.
Are there risks to having a baby through IVF?Open or Close
No Research indicates that IVF-conceived children are on par with the general population in academic achievement as well as with regards to behavioral and psychological health.
Are IVF injections painful?Open or Close
The prospect of daily injections can be overwhelming. While injections are a necessary part of IVF treatment, we aim to minimize discomfort and stress; and our nurses carefully instruct and support every patient throughout this process.
Should I take injections after my egg retrieval?Open or Close
After egg retrieval, patients are given a progesterone hormone supplement in order to prepare the lining of the uterus for the embryo transfer.
How long do out of station patients have to stay in Chennai?Open or Close
Many of our patients at SSFC come from other parts of the world. Many of the screening tests can be done at patient's preferred place. Most patients need to be in Chennai for three - four weeks. WE are happy to help out of station patients throughout treatment, via telephone or e-mail.
How soon can out of town patients travel home after IVF treatment?Open or Close
Ideally after 2 weeks of finding the positive pregnancy report. But it also depend upon the problems assosiated with the patients
Will all the frozen embryos survive?Open or Close
The quality and survival of the frozen-thawed embryos. In general, we only freeze good quality embryos so the current rate of survival is greater than 90%.
It is well established that stress significantly affect the pregnancy rate in ivf patients.
Stress affects our hormone levels and this in turn affects the fertility, and the resulting fertility problems can increase the stress level in a couple thus resulting in a cascade.