Understanding The Basics Of In Vitro Fertilisation

By: Shirley M. Duran | Posted: 18th February 2010

Basically treatment divides into two parts. The first stage is the round of drug therapy to produce a large number of eggs. The second stage involves two procedures, collection of the eggs and embryo transfer. The first stage can last several weeks, the second takes only a few days. The treat¬ment routine is the basic one that has developed over the years as a standard routine for many clinics. However, there are many variations. Drugs are being developed or improved and procedures refined, and these can result in treatment being shortened, tests being dropped or instigated, and new techniques introduced to improve the prospects of egg production or fertilisation. So it is important to check with your clinic on the exact details of your treatment routine. Get as much information as possible so that you know what is going on and can understand if things seem to be going wrong.

The first stage of in vitro fertilisation aims to stimulate the woman's ovaries to produce a large number of eggs which can then be used to produce embryos. It's not a case of the more the merrier, because if too many eggs result the woman can experience great discomfort and runs some physical risks. The ideal is to have enough eggs to get three good-quality embryos to transfer back, and if the woman wants it and the clinic has the facilities, to freeze some for use in future cycles. This is achieved by the consumption of large quantities of drugs. Despite all the high¬-tech imagery of in vitro fertilization, the early stage is anything but: taking drugs mostly self-administered, usually at home or at work. This may account for some of the sense of isolation that women can feel while they are going through in vitro fertilisation. It's also why it's so important to have some support structures in place. If you do have any strong reactions to the drugs, or if you run into the ups and downs of treatment, you are likely to do so either on your own at home, or under pressure at work.

This early stage of in vitro fertilisation may not work. Often women focus on the later stages, and think that if failure is to come it will be at the fertilization or implantation stage. They may not be prepared for the fact that the drugs might not have the desired effect, and might not produce any eggs. Failure at this stage can be a real disappointment, but it does not have to be the end of the road. It might be that the drug dosage or the drug itself did not suit you, in which case a different regime can be used next time round. Or it may be that your system will never respond and the treatment is not for you.

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