16 Oct Get Pregnant the Easy Way with IVF(Last Updated On: October 16, 2019)
Get Pregnant the Easy Way with IVF
In-vitro-Fertilization (IVF) is a procedure, used to overcome a range of fertility issues. Chances are if you’ve already considering this option, you have a lot of questions. The road to fertility can be demanding, and many patients experience a lot of frustration, confusion, heartache, and helplessness along the journey. We are here to support you both medically and emotionally right from the start, and one of the best ways we can do that is through education. We want to provide a clear understanding of all the steps and options involved with IVF, making it easier for you to feel confident and in control throughout the whole process. If you are struggling to have a baby and want to know more about IVF, this article explains what it is, who should try it, how it works, and what treatments are available here in Thailand.
What is IVF
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a precise series of procedures used to help with conception of a child. During the IVF process, mature eggs are collected from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized egg (embryo) is transferred to a uterus. One full cycle of IVF takes approximately three weeks. It’s worth noting that if more than one embryo is transferred to your uterus, the procedure will result in more than one fetus, aka twin or even triplets!
Besides being time-consuming and expensive, that main factors affecting your chances of successfully having a baby using IVF are the cause of your infertility and age. Despite that, IVF is still the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology (ART).
Why Try IVF
Typically, IVF is offered as a primary treatment for infertility in women over age 40 and those with prolonged infertility issues. Generally, couples are also advised to try less-invasive treatments options – fertility drugs, to increase the production of eggs or intrauterine insemination – first. In all other cases, treatment will be a viable option if you or your partner have any of the following:
• Fallopian tube damage or blockage
• Ovulation disorders
• Uterine fibroids
• Previous tubal sterilization or removal
• Impaired sperm production or function
• Unexplained or prolonged (3+ years) infertility
• A genetic disorder
• Fertility preservation for cancer
How IVF Works
To provide you with a rough idea of how the IVF process works, it can be simplified in the following four steps:
Step 1: Ovulation
Your ovaries will be closely monitored before the IVF procedure to ensure they will release an egg at a set time. In most cases, hormones and/or medication are used to stimulate the ovaries into producing more than one egg (to increase fertilization options).
Step 2: Retrieval
Under light sedation, a fine needle will be inserted into the upper vaginal wall and remove fluid containing eggs from the follicles of the ovaries. Immediately after retrieval, the egg(s) is placed in a dish and transferred to an incubator.
Step 3: Fertilization
A supplied sperm is first analyzed for viability and then added to the harvested egg(s). Sometimes it’s injected directly into the egg itself as known as ICSI. This fertilization process is then very carefully monitored to make sure a healthy embryo is developed.
Step 4: Transfer
Once the embryo(s) is ready for transfer, you’ve reached the final stage of the IVF process. Your doctor will place a speculum into your vagina and then use a small plastic tube to transfer the embryo(s) directly into the uterine cavity.
The IVF Clinic at Vejthani Hospital offers advanced reproductive technologies, and our fertility physicians provide a full suite of individualized treatments plans for fertility, infertility, and pregnancy treatment problems. All our services are offered in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Supporting the reproductive and fertility needs of our patients is our top priority. Currently, in addition to IVF, we provide the following fertility services:
• Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
• Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
• Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
• Blastocyst trophectoderm biopsy