How Long Does an IVF Cycle Take? A Fertility Nurse Explains
One of the most asked questions about fertility treatment cycles is the amount of time you need to set aside to complete a cycle, from start to finish.
Nurse Manager, Christina Diaz, from Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) answers the question regarding the length of theIn Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process and gives the details about what to expect with a fertility treatment cycle. While four weeks is the typical amount of time spent with a IVF cycle, that is after testing is completed.
How Long is the IVF Process?
“An infertility patient can expect, when all diagnostic fertility testing is completed, that they will be on injections (fertility medications) for about nine to eleven days. This is only an average. Some patients need a longer medication stimulation period and some patients need less. There are different protocols utilized by your fertility specialist (board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist).
Often times, patients will be on oral contraceptives 10-14 days prior to starting their fertility medication injections. This is utilized for many reasons- studies suggest that if given prior to ovarian stimulation, it may prevent a split cohort of follicles, where only one or two follicles develop and mature.
If you’re doing an IVF cycle, it’s a good idea to block out at least 1.5 weeks for the first part. Plan on being in your fertility center's office about every other day for ultrasound and blood monitoring during that period of time. The monitoring takes about 15-20 minutes and typically takes place between 7-8 am. Your doctor/nurse will inform you of next steps in your fertility cycle protocol during each visit."
Breaking IVF down into comprehensive and understandable steps can make the procedures necessary feel much more manageable. Remember, taking a fertility treatment cycle one step at a time is all that you need to do.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.