What does IVF involve? Read about the process step-by-step
Updated: Nov 19, 2021
In this three-part blog series, we discuss the process and timeline of IVF.
There are alternative approaches to IVF which involve less medication and are not discussed in this article.
Part 1 of this series discusses the first part of the cycle from deciding your treatment plan to the point of egg retrieval.
Part 2 of the series covers the in-vitro fertilisation process, embryo transfer and what happens after the embryo transfer.
Part 3 focuses on the side effects of the drugs, potential complications of IVF and how to know whether you could be eligible for NHS funding.
This blog follows on from our previous blog ‘What exactly is IVF?’ which discussed facts about the success rates and the impact of having IVF treatment.
So let's get started!
The image above, summarises the various stages of the IVF process, also known as the IVF cycle and the range of time it takes to complete this process. The IVF timeline can vary from person to person depending on the protocol chosen and the findings during the monitoring process.
Preparation for the IVF cycle:
IVF Treatment Plan -Protocol Selection
Leading up to any treatment you will have had investigations including blood tests and a transvaginal ultrasound scan (where the ultrasound probe is inserted into your vagina instead of placed on your belly). During the ultrasound scan, the antral follicle count will be taken and this will be viewed together with your other results including your AMH to determine your ovarian reserve.
You may also require other investigations or treatment before you start IVF. The ovarian reserve assessment and other investigations are discussed in our blogs female fertility tests and male fertility tests.