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What to Expect After IVF

Fertility troubles can impede your wish to start — or expand — a family. If you’ve tried to conceive for six months to a year, depending on your age, you could benefit from assisted reproductive techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF).

With IVF, the same-sex friendly fertility doctors at New York Fertility Institute can take action to overcome your infertility issues. Here’s what our team of specialists want our new and existing patients to know about what to expect during and after your IVF treatment.

Choosing IVF

The New York Fertility Institute team provides IVF treatments onsite from conveniently located New York City, New York offices. With our experienced care, you may be able to carry a successful pregnancy through IVF, even if you haven’t been able to conceive on your own. Here’s what you need to know about the procedure.

In IVF, we combine egg and sperm under laboratory conditions, achieving a viable embryo that we can then implant into your uterus. In conventional IVF, we prescribe daily injectable medications to stimulate your natural egg production, then retrieve up to 20 of your eggs for potential fertilization. We also offer natural and mini IVF options, to lessen the amount of medication you take over the course of an IVF cycle.

You can also use previously frozen eggs for IVF procedures. Or, if neither you nor your partner can produce healthy eggs, IVF with donor eggs may also be an option for you and your family. Donor sperm can additionally be used in IVF treatments, depending on your preferences and needs.

After IVF

Once we’ve carefully monitored your developing embryo, we transfer to your uterus, typically after 3-5 days. We use a catheter or small tube to transfer your embryos. Many people choose to transfer multiple embryos, to increase the chances for a successful pregnancy. This results in a higher risk of multiple births as part of IVF. Talk to your provider about your preferences.

You can typically return to normal activities a day after your transfer procedure. You could experience some initial side effects, including passing small amounts of vaginal fluid, some mild cramping, bloating, or constipation, or breast tenderness. If you have heavy vaginal bleeding, blood in your urine, pelvic pain, or a fever of more than 100.5°F (38°C), get in touch with your provider at New York Fertility Institute right away.

Building your family

Between 12 and 14 days after your initial egg retrieval procedure, the team at New York Fertility Institute perform a blood test to check for a successful pregnancy. Pregnancies started with IVF have a similar risk of miscarriage to unassisted conceptions. IVF has a 2%-5% risk of nonviable ectopic pregnancy.

If your test doesn’t indicate a pregnancy, you may be able to undertake another cycle of IVF after a rest period, or attempt other forms of assisted reproduction. The team at New York Fertility Institute provide experienced, compassionate support throughout the IVF and fertility medicine process. With our help, make your ideal family a reality this spring.

To learn more about what IVF could do for you and your family, get in touch with the experts at the New York Fertility Institute right away. Schedule your appointment at our Upper East Side New York City offices now. Use our online tool, or call today to book your first session.

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