If you're considering IVF, this series is a must-read. Dr. Kenneth Egwuda breaks down the process and what to expect in Part 3.


In this final part of the series, we will be discussing the process of IVF (in-vitro fertilization), what to expect during treatment, and the success rates associated with IVF. Dr. Kenneth Egwuda is a fertility specialist at the Fertility and IVF Center of Miami. He has over 15 years of experience helping couples conceive.

What is IVF?

IVF is a process whereby eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory dish. The resulting embryos are then transferred back into the uterus with the goal of achieving pregnancy. IVF can be used for couples who have difficulty conceiving due to ovulation disorders, blocked fallopian tubes, or endometriosis. It can also be used for couples who have had multiple miscarriages or for those who are using donor eggs or sperm.

What to Expect During IVF Treatment

The first step in IVF treatment is to suppress the ovaries with medication. This is done to prevent the body from ovulating naturally during the IVF cycle. Once the ovaries have been suppressed, the next step is to stimulate egg production with injectable fertility medications. Once the eggs have mature, they are retrieved through a minor surgical procedure. The eggs are then fertilized with sperm in the laboratory and the resulting embryos are cultured for 3-5 days. On the day of embryo transfer, the embryos are transferred into the uterus through a catheter. The embryo transfer is a non-surgical procedure that takes place in the fertility center. Most women report feeling no discomfort during the procedure.

IVF Success Rates

The success rates of IVF depend on many factors such as the age of the woman, the cause of infertility, and the number of embryos transferred. In general, the success rates of IVF are about 40% per cycle for women under the age of 35. For women over the age of 40, the success rates are about 20% per cycle. The success rates are also higher for women who are using their own eggs as opposed to donor eggs. Overall, the success rates of IVF are about 30% for women under the age of 40 and about 10% for women over the age of 40.

If you are considering IVF treatment, it is important to consult with a fertility specialist to discuss your specific situation and to determine if IVF is the right treatment for you. The fertility specialists at the Fertility and IVF Center of Miami have the experience and expertise to help you achieve your dream of parenthood.

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