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What to Expect From IVF

Discover what to expect from IVF at our clinic

Learning what to expect from IVF at our Indianapolis fertility clinic helps patients prepare for this treatment. IVF is a popular option for many patients, as it can help them bypass a variety of fertility challenges. This treatment is highly effective, especially for patients receiving comprehensive support from our clinic.

What to expect from IVF

When we help patients discover what to expect from IVF, we walk them through each step of the process. These steps often result in the patient taking home a healthy baby.

Ovulation induction medications. To stimulate the maturation of numerous eggs, the patient will self-administer ovulation induction medications in the abdomen. When the eggs reach a certain size, the doctor has the patient take an additional medication to prevent premature ovulation. The patient will also visit our clinic for regular monitoring during this time.

Egg retrieval. When the patient’s eggs reach a certain size, they take a trigger shot that tells the body it’s time to release the eggs. Then, 35 to 36 hours later, the patient comes in for a short egg retrieval procedure. The patient will receive sedation to keep them comfortable during this time.

Fertilization. When the eggs from the retrieval arrive at the lab, an embryologist fertilizes them with sperm from the patient’s partner or a sperm donor. After fertilization, the embryologist can perform preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) if the patient is interested.

Embryo transfer. The final step is the transfer. The doctor will place an embryo into the patient’s uterus or the uterus of the gestational carrier. After the transfer, the patient will take progesterone to support the uterine lining and pregnancy.

The team at our Indianapolis fertility clinic provides high-quality IVF support that makes parenthood possible.

How to prepare for an IVF cycle

Taking steps to prepare for IVF can enhance a patient’s physical and mental health. This preparation can also lead to a healthier pregnancy.

Take prenatal vitamins. A daily prenatal vitamin that contains 400 micrograms of folic acid can prepare the patient’s body for pregnancy.

Abstain from alcohol and other harmful substances. As alcohol, cigarettes, illicit drugs and excessive caffeine consumption can affect fertility, cutting them out can make the body more receptive to IVF.

Eat healthy foods and exercise. A patient can prepare for IVF by adopting a diet high in protein, fruits, vegetables and grains, and low in sugar and fried foods.  In addition, regular exercise can help control weight, lower blood pressure, release endorphins and provide a range of other benefits.

Practice stress-relief. Utilizing tools like meditation, journaling, deep breathing, time with loved ones and other soothing activities can help the patient stay calm during the IVF cycle.

Our Indianapolis fertility clinic can provide patients with additional tools to support them in preparing for IVF. We also offer leading-edge care that helps patients take the next step towards parenthood. Contact us for more information about what to expect from IVF and how to prepare for it.