Fertility Treatment/Procedure Questions
Some bloating and tenderness is common but if it is excessively painful you should discuss this with a nurse or one of our providers.
Generally, the process takes 2-3 weeks but is very patient dependent. Most women average around 11-12 days of stimulation (taking medications) in preparation for an IVF cycle.
Yes, you need an appointment for any procedure. This helps us to be sure all of your paperwork is in order and will expedite your appointment.
An optimal sample can be collected after abstaining for 3 days but not more than 5 days. The sample cup must be a sterile, previously sealed cup. You can pick one up at our office or at a pharmacy. Other containers that have been washed are NOT suitable and may contaminate the sample. Label the top and bottom of the container with the following:
- Both partners first and last names
- The date
- The time of collection
You may collect at the office in our collection room, or at home if you live within an hour of our office. If you are planning to collect at home be sure you have the collection cup prior to needing to collect. Keep the sample at body temperature and upright during its transport to our facility
Yes, Endometrin and Crinone will give a white discharge that can cause minor vaginal irritation. If irritation or burning is severe and persists, please
We encourage increasing your water intake. You may also take an over the counter stool softener.
We encourage any Tylenol Products, Robitussin plain, no letters after, Mucinex plain, no letters after (ie: Avoid Robitussin DM, CF., Avoid Mucinex DM) Please avoid the use of Ibuprofen.
YES, please give all medications prior to your appointment except your vaginal medication if you are doing a morning transfer. If your embryo transfer is scheduled to happen first thing in the morning you may hold off on your morning vaginal medications until after your transfer. If your embryo transfer is scheduled to happen in the afternoon, you may take your morning vaginal medications.
The day of transfer and number of embryos transferred will depend on several factors. Patient age, infertility factor(s), embryo quality, previous failed cycles and other factors are taken into account. Before an embryo transfer, there will be an opportunity to discuss this with your physician.
No after an embryo transfer, you may resume your normal daily activities. Comprehensive studies have confirmed that bed rest may actually be harmful to the developing embryo since inactivity combined with high levels of estrogen can promote blood clot formation as well as a rise in insulin resistance. Of course, we recommend restraining from any and all intense exercise like cross fit, sports, running, and jumping. However, nice brisk walks should be continued and a nice way to connect and spend time with your partner or enjoy some nice quiet you time!
Yes, we do. Mini IVF is really the same procedure as (normal) IVF, only with a reduced medication protocol. Therefore the cost of Mini IVF is still $3,900, but you would see a substantial reduction in the cost of your medications which can make a cycle much more affordable. Of course, a Mini IVF isn’t just a financial decision, it can also be medically useful for those who are “poor responders,” to medication and therefore don’t benefit from high doses of medications often used in a traditional IVF. Additionally, many would normally make many embryos from a traditional IVF cycle would prefer to create fewer embryos with the hope that they do not have to make the difficult decision of what to do with remaining embryos after a successful IVF cycle.
Blastocyst embryos (usually day 5, but also 6 and 7) are more developed and thus stronger, more resilient, and generally have a better chance of a successful implantation. This does not mean whatsoever that day 3 (cleavage) embryos cannot and do not make the most beautiful babies. Generally, if you have plenty of embryos that are developing well we let them continue to day 5 before transferring or freezing. If the number and quality of developing embryos is lower, then we highly recommend doing day 3 transfers as no home (regardless of how great our embryology lab is) is better than your uterus for that developing embryo and future child of yours.