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What Is IVF?

In vitro fertilization

In vitro fertilization is when you take the eggs of someone and the sperm of another, fertilize in the lab (sometimes another method) and then implant a resulting embryo into a person to try to get pregnant.​

While IVF may be person's plan A, more often is is plan B, C, and even farther down the line.  

IVF requires a much more extensive medical intervention than IUI or at home insemination.

If you are to do IVF here are the steps **

  *If the person with the uterus will be using their own eggs:

  • Have a consult with a RE (reproductive endocrinologist)

  • Together with an RE, you will set an individualized plan of action for IVF 

  • Start monitoring the person who will try to get pregnant.  

  • Order medication for a stim cycle

  • Once instructed, start medication

  • Continue monitoring while on medication for any dosage changes.

  • Do  trigger shot before egg retrieval

  • Egg retrieval - partner will give a sperm sample just before this (or donor sperm will be used)

  • Eggs will be fertilized by sperm in the lab

  • Any resulting embryos will be frozen for later transfer.... or you might opt for a fresh transfer of an embryo (embryos)

    • This will depend on the plan set up by yourself and your RE​

  • Two week wait​

  • Test for pregnancy 

*If the person with the uterus will not be using their own eggs (aka using donor eggs):

  • Have a consult with a RE (reproductive endocrinologist)

  • Together with an RE, you will set an individualized plan of action for IVF 

  • Acquire donor eggs (fresh cycle or frozen)

  • Start monitoring the person who will try to get pregnant.  

  • Order medication for prepping body for pregnancy

  • Once instructed, start medication

  • Continue monitoring while on medication for any dosage changes.

  • Egg retrieval if using a donor and fresh cycle - partner will give a sperm sample just before this (or donor sperm will be used)

  • Eggs will be fertilized by sperm in the lab

  • One (possibly more) resulting embryo will be transferred to the person trying to get pregnant and any remaining embryos will be frozen

    • This will depend on the plan set up by yourself and your RE​

  • Two week wait​

  • Test for pregnancy 

*If you are a part of a couple who both have ovaries/uteruses, then you can consider RIVF (reciprocal IVF)

  • Have a consult with a RE (reproductive endocrinologist)

  • Together with an RE, you will set an individualized plan of action for IVF 

  • Get donor sperm and have shipped to the clinic

  • Start monitoring the person whose eggs you will be using.  

  • Also, you will test and check on the person who will be getting pregnant.

  • Order medication for a stim cycle for both people.

  • ** If you are going to do a fresh transfer your protocol will be different than if you do a frozen transfer.  This will be discussed with your RE prior.

  • If Fresh transfer:

    • Once instructed, egg "donor" will start medication

    • "uterus" person will start medication protocol

  • Both continue monitoring while on medication for any dosage changes.

    • each person will have different medications and protocols.  The "uterus" person will be on meds after the retrieval as well, prepping their body for the transfer.​

  • Do  trigger shot before egg retrieval

  • Egg retrieval - donor sperm will be at lab

  • Eggs will be fertilized by sperm in the lab

  • One (or two) resulting embryos will be transferred to the person's uterus trying to get pregnant .  Any resulting embryos will be frozen.​

  • Two week wait​

  • Test for pregnancy 

**Remember that each person's journey will vary and these steps might slight or majorly vary for you.