- Posted On: July 27, 2012
- Categories: Informational Articles
Planning Fertility With an IVF Fertility Calendar
Planning a family becomes difficult when either partner experiences issues with infertility, but by following a fertility calendar and in vitro fertilization (or IVF) regimen with the fertility specialists at Oregon Reproductive Medicine, couples from all around the world have found success in planning and adding to their families.
An IVF fertility calendar lays out the plans for the typical IVF process, and takes place over the span of about 8 weeks, and begins at the start of hormone-suppression medication (ovary stimulation may take longer or shorter, depending on the individual). The calendar begins another fertility cycle after 4-6 if the prior cycle fails to bring about a successful pregnancy.
Because each IVF planning and procedure is highly individualized, the fertility calendar will be customized for each couple. Still, a “typical” IVF fertility plan calendar is formed at the beginning of the process to give an idea of how the fertility treatment unfolds.
Fertility Calendar Planning and Preparation: Medications
The first week of your fertility calendar begins with the first day of the menstrual cycle (if you have regular menstruation).
Beginning on Day 4 of the menstrual cycle, oral contraceptives are taken for 1-5 weeks. Next, the individual will take a series of medications to both suppress hormones and control ovarian stimulation.
About 3-5 weeks into the IVF plan calendar, the patient will be assessed through blood tests and ultrasound. After these tests, medication is given to stimulate egg follicles and encourage the production of egg cells.
Completing the Fertility Calendar Plan: Fertilization and Transfer
Egg retrieval takes place after two weeks of stimulation. The egg is then fertilized in a laboratory setting by IVF specialists at Oregon Reproductive Medicine. 3-5 days after retrieval, one or more of the embryos are transferred back into the uterus. A pregnancy test is taken 2 weeks after the egg retrieval process. If the IVF cycle fails to result in a successful pregnancy, the cycle can be retried after 4-6 weeks.
More Information About An IVF Fertility Calendar Plan
Cutting-edge techniques have led to increasing IVF success rates for many couples. You can find out more at a free informational seminar, where doctors from Oregon Reproductive Medicine will answer all your questions about what your fertility calendar could look like.