frequently asked questions

HOW FAST DOES IVF WORK.

An IVF cycle can last from four to six weeks prior to an egg retrieval. The IVF Egg Retrieval takes approximately ten minutes. The time depends on how many follicles are present. The embryos are transferred from three to five days after egg retrieval.

DO YOU GET YOUR PERIOD DURING IVF CYCLE.

In many women, bleeding stops as suddenly as it started, and we can not explain it. In other cases, it represents an implantation bleed whhich is a good sign. In all cases, you will need to inform the IVF Center.

IS IVF PAINFUL.

Since you are under anesthesia it is not painful. There is typically no side effects from the anesthesia.

WHERE DO YOU PERFORM THE IVF.

The Surgical Center at 900 N. Michigan, 60 East Delaware Place, 15th Floor, Chicago, Illinois.

WHAT IS DONE WITH NON-TRANSFERRED EMBRYROS.

Afrer the IVF, there may be some embryos not transferred. These embryos are maintained in culture to determine if they develop to the blastocyst stage. If the embryos do develop to the blastocyst stage, the embryos will be cryopreserved.

WHEN DO YOU PERFORM A PREGNANCY TEST AFTER IVF.

The IVF Center will schedule a pregnancy test ten days after the IVF Embryo Transfer.

CAN I GO BACK TO WORK AFTER IVF.

After the embryo transfer, we recommend you rest for the day. Routine work activities can resume the following day.

HOW MANY EMBRYOS ARE TRANSFERRED.

Each IVF Embryo Transfer is individualized to the woman. Many factors are considered including the patient age, fertility health, and patient request. Generally we transfer from one to five embryos.

CAN I GET PREGNANT WITH FLUCTUATING HIGH FSH.

If in fact you are menopausal, you may need egg donation. The fact that you have fluctuating FSH levels strongly suggests that you have prematurely aging ovaries. This is one area our practice specializes in. Please remember that with prematurely aging ovaries time is of essence. We, therefore, strongly urge you not to delay infertility treatment since nobody can tell you for how much longer your ovaries can still supply viable eggs.