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In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a procedure used to help with fertility and assist with the conception of the child. It is considered the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology. There are several alternatives during the procedure, it can be done using your own eggs and your partner's sperm or eggs, sperm or embryos from a donor, known or anonymous.


What causes of infertility can be treated using IVF:

The following diagnoses are the most common for people looking to get IVF treatment:

Low sperm counts


Problems with ovulation

Poor egg quality

Problems with the uterus or fallopian tubes

There are several factors that will impact the IVF's likelihood of success:

Mather's age

Reproductive history

The cause of the infertility

Lifestyle factors

Embryo status

How Much Does IVF Cost

Quick Details

The average cost of an IVF cycle in the U.S is $12,400

MedicW price in Mexico is $5,000, which represents a 60% savings

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Duration of hospital stay: 1 day

The average length of stay at destination location: 2 to 3 weeks

How Does It Work?

IVF step by step:

IVF consist of 5 main steps:


Step 1: Ovarian Stimulation

Ovaries are stimulated to produce multiple eggs

Injectable medication will be injected to stimulate your ovaries

Usually, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a luteinizing hormone (KH) or a combination of both will be used

After eight to fourteen days the follicles are ready for egg retrieval

To help eggs mature usually you will take human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) or an equivalent


Step 2: Egg retrieval

Eggs are retrieved from the follicles in your ovaries

Eggs are retrieved thirty-four to thirty-six hours after the final stimulation injection

The process usually takes less than an hour and you will be under sedation 


Step 3: Sperm Retrieval

Sperm is separated from the semen

If you're using your partner's sperm, he'll provide a semen sample at your doctor's office or a clinic through masturbation

Other methods are sometimes required if semen is void of sperm, it may be obtained using methods such as testicular aspiration


Step 4: Fertilization

Sperm gets introduced into the eggs

In conventional insemination, sperm and mature eggs are mixed and incubated overnight

If semen quality or number is a problem or if fertilization attempts during prior IVF cycles failed, Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) might be used. A single sperm is injected directly into each mature egg


Step 5: Embryo Transfer

The embryo is transferred into the uterus

The embryo will be inserted using a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into your vagina, through your cervix, and into your uterus


Step 6: Results

Twelve days to two weeks after egg retrieval, your doctor will test a sample of your blood to detect whether you're pregnant.

MedicW Insider tips

Prior to starting an IVF cycle using your own eggs and sperm,  there will likely be a need for some screenings to be done to you and your partner:

Infectious diseases testing: The couple will be screened for diseases like HIV

Semen could be analyzed: If the analysis has not been done before as part of your initial fertility evaluation, you will get an analysis done before starting an IVF treatment cycle

Ovarian reserve testing: To determine the quantity and quality of your eggs, your doctor might test the concentration of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol (estrogen), and anti-mullerian hormone in your blood during the first few days of your menstrual cycle

Uterine exam: The inside lining of the uterus will get examined by your doctor prior to start the IVF treatment

On the same day of the embryo transfer, you can resume your normal daily activities. High-intensity activities should be avoided.

Around a couple of weeks after egg retrieval, you will be tested by your doctor to detect whether you are pregnant. A sample of your blood will be used to perform the test.

Pregnancy: The treatment has been successful and you should start looking for an obstetrician or other pregnancy specialist

Not pregnancy: Progesterone intake should be stopped and likely your period will return. IVF could be attempted again, you should check with your doctor on the appropriate next steps

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