IVF Explained – A Basic Infertility Treatment Option
When needed, IVF (in vitro fertilization), is a well-accepted and frequently used fertility treatment. IVF allows a fertility specialist, (board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist) to bypass several steps of the fertilization process so that they can manage and observe what is taking place, and just as importantly, what may not be taking place.
What is IVF Infertility Treatment?
IVF allows the fertility specialist to “manage” the cycle to ensure the greatest likelihood of embryos being formed and then continuing to divide (grow), before replacing the embryo or embryos back into the uterus.
A brief, but thorough description of IVF is taken directly from the RMACT (Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut) website and published below. For further information, including typical infertility diagnoses that necessitate IVF, click here.
Fertility treatment can seem daunting. And confusing. Keep in mind that IVF has been around for over 35 years. There have been 5 million plus IVF babies born, worldwide, as of July 2014, according to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. Our IVF babies have had their own babies. We know it’s not how you wanted to have a baby.
How welcome is it that if infertility has come to your doorstep that there is a fertility treatment that works a lot of the time? We hope that you take comfort in knowing that IVF has been proven safe and effective. IVF is not always a simple road, no doubt about that.
That’s why we’re here. To help. To answer questions. PathtoFertility (PTF) is a source for information, announcement of events, support and every Friday, a good laugh. We have “Ask the Expert”with Lisa Schuman, LCSW (RMACT’s Director of Mental Health Services plus blog submissions from all of our Integrated and Fertility Wellness providers (IFW). Many of RMACT’s clinical team members also contribute, including all of our physicians. Subscribe today to have PTF delivered automatically to your email address five days a week.
Read below for a short excerpt from the RMACT website describing the IVF process.
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In Vitro Fertilization IVF Process
During the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, eggs are removed from the woman’s body and combined with sperm in the laboratory to create embryos, which several days later are then transferred into the woman’s uterus. Nearly 60% of IVF procedures in the United States are performed on women 35 and older.
Before undergoing an IVF cycle in Connecticut, you will be prescribed several medications to stimulate the development of multiple ovarian follicles containing eggs to be fertilized. We closely monitor this process using blood tests and ultrasound. Once the eggs have matured, they are retrieved through a simple procedure under ultrasound guidance. We then expose the retrieved eggs to sperm and transfer either one but no more than two of the resulting embryos back into your uterus.
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.