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In Vitro Fertilization is commonly referred to as IVF. In a normal menstrual cycle, a woman’s ovaries produce just one mature egg. In an IVF cycle, the reproductive endocrinologist uses a variety of hormonal medications to stimulate the ovaries so that multiple mature eggs will be produced. When you have more eggs to fertilize, you have a better chance of actually having enough good-quality embryos for embryo transfer. This process—called ovarian stimulation—is essential to the success of an IVF cycle, because a different hormonal protocol works differently for each woman, and if you don’t get the protocol that is right for you, your ovaries may not produce as many high-quality eggs as they are capable of producing, reducing the chance of successful pregnancy.
When your eggs are mature, they will retrieve your eggs through a fine, ultrasound-guided needle, directly from your ovaries. The crucial part of an IVF cycle is the ivf fertilization step where eggs (oocytes) collected from a woman’s ovaries are mixed with her partner’s (or a donor’s) sperm. Because usually only a portion of the eggs collected are successfully fertilized and become viable embryos, your IVF doctor will try to collect as many eggs as possible.
Once the eggs are fertilized, they are incubated for a few days. To reduce the risk of multiple pregnancy, only one or two best-quality embryos are transferred to the uterus, although there are exceptions. Read more about embryo selection.
You will continue to take progesterone to help your uterus maintain the best environment for the embryo(s). Within a week or so from embryo transfer, you will know whether the embryo(s) implanted successfully through a blood test.