This allows the couple to have an active role within their treatment. We welcome and encourage trust and mutual respect in an environment where questions are welcomed.
In Vitro is most commonly referred to as IVF. This is the process of manually combining a woman’s egg with her partner’s sperm in a laboratory. When the IVF procedures is successful, we then combine this with a procedure called embryo transfer. Embryo transfer is to physically place the embryo into the uterus.
What Steps are involved with In Vitro Fertilization?
There are basically 5 steps within the In Vitro Fertilization and the Embryo transfer.
Step 1/ Medications are prescribed to organize the timing of the egg maturity and to increase the odds of collecting multiple eggs throughout on of the patients cycles. The is also considered ovulation induction as multiple eggs are desired due to the fact that some of the women’s eggs will not develop of fertilize after the retrieval. We monitor egg development using an ultrasound to check the ovaries and with blood and urine samples to check hormone levels.
Step 2/ Eggs are harvested or retrieved through a small surgical procedure that uses imaging to guide a needle throughout the pelvic cavity. We provide patients with sedation and local anesthesia. No discomfort is felt by our patients. The eggs are removed from the ovaries through follicular aspiration.
Step 3/ Sperm is collected from the partner generally through ejaculation and it prepared for combining with the eggs.
Step 4/ Insemination is accomplished by placing the sperm and eggs in incubators in our laboratory which allows fertilization to occur. There are cases where we uses Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), when fertilization is suspected to be low. With ICSI, a single sperm is injected directly into the egg in the attempt of achieving fertilization. Once the fertilization is confirmed, cell division takes place. The fertilized eggs are then considered embryos.
Step 5/ The embryos are transferred generally into the the woman’s uterus from 1 to 6 days later. This is done once the fertilized egg has divided to become a 2 – 4 cell embryo. The transfer process involves a speculum which is inserted into the vagina to expose the cervix. A predetermined number of embryos are suspended in fluid and gently placed through a catheter into the womb.
We then request that our patients rest for a few days before a pregnancy test will be required either through ultrasound of through a blood test.
The medical team at IVF Cancun is dedicated to your IVF treatment plan. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about the IVF program in Cancun. As a couple faced with infertility, it is important to do your research and know about our high success rates. At IVF Cancun, the experienced team of physicians and world class embryology staff combined with the most advanced laboratory technologies has resulted in high pregnancy success rates.