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In vitro fertilization is a technique used by gynecologists and fertility specialists to help women who have trouble conceiving through natural methods to get pregnant. While some fertility problems start with the male, many are associated with the female reproductive system. In Vitro Fertilization is an option that helps to address many of those issues.
It is estimated that only 5% of infertile couples actually investigate IVF as an option. Of those that do, just over 29% of all couples resulted in a pregnancy and 22% produced a live birth. Of all of the fertility procedures available, in vitro fertilization accounts for the largest majority of them.
Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization includes a number of steps. First, there is a series of hormonal injections which stimulate the ovarian follicles and provide as many mature eggs as possible. Once this phase is complete, Dr. Rostein will perform a minor surgical procedure to retrieve the eggs to be fertilized in the lab. Once fertilized, the embryos will be transferred to the uterus via a minor procedure no more painful/uncomfortable than a typical pap smear.
In vitro fertilization will work in a variety of situations. There are many different conditions that can affect how the reproductive system functions. Abnormal ovulation, endometriosis, extremely low levels of sperm, weakened sperm that cannot penetrate the egg or work their way through the cervix, and issues with the fallopian tubes and uterus are all causes of infertility that can be overcome through using in vitro fertilization.
Heavy vaginal bleeding, a fever of over 100 degrees, and severe pelvic pain are side effects that must be immediately treated. Other less severe side effects include constipation, mild cramping, breast tenderness, and bloating. It is important for all side effects to be reported to the doctor, even if they are very mild.
IVF starts at $14,000. Financial aid is available.
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