Patient Guide IVF

A guide to determining when to see a fertility specialist

Depending on your age and personal health history, your doctor may recommend a medical evaluation. A woman's gynecologist or a man's urologist or a family doctor can help determine whether there's a problem that requires a specialist or clinic that treats infertility problems. Both you and your partner will likely have a comprehensive infertility evaluation.

Preparing for your appointment with our fertility specialist

When should you seek medical advice for infertility? When to See a Fertility Specialist, Fertility Doctor for Infertility                        
  • Most couples should try on their own for 12 months before seeking professional advice.          
  • Women over the age of 35 may consult their physicians after six months.            
  • Women who have irregular cycles or for whom there is a known or suspected risk factor for infertility should seek medical advice once they decide to start a family.
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    ART: Step-by-Step Guide to IVF Treatment - A Patient's Guide to Assisted Reproductive Technology
    • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to increase the chance for fertilization
    • Assisted hatching of embryos to potentially increase the chance of embryo attachment ("implantation")
    • Embryo cryopreservation (freezing)
    The success of IVF largely depends on growing multiple eggs at once. Injections of the natural hormones FSH and/or LH (gonadotropins) are used for this purpose. Additional medications are used to prevent premature ovulation. An overly vigorous ovarian response can occur, or conversely an inadequate response. After successful ART with above steps, next is result of above- Pregnancy
    In certain cases, these additional procedures can be employed
      A pregnancy test is necessary regardless of vaginal spotting or bleeding. It determines if pregnancy has occurred and is done 9-12 days after the embryo transfer. This test is usually repeated 2 days later if positive. If the test is negative, the doctor may instruct you to stop the progesterone.
      PREGNANCY TEST

      A pregnancy test is necessary regardless of vaginal spotting or bleeding. It determines if pregnancy has occurred and is done 9-12 days after the embryo transfer. This test is usually repeated 2 days later if positive. If the test is negative, the doctor may instruct you to stop the progesterone.

      Pregnancy Follow-up with our obstetrician

      Close scrutiny of a pregnancy is necessary to try to identify miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies and to help counsel regarding the status and treatment of multiple gestations. Patients are generally needs to follow up with our obstetrician at 8-10 weeks gestation.