Surprising Facts About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In vitro fertilization, most commonly referred to as IVF, is a fertility treatment where a doctor will collect a woman’s eggs and fertilize them with sperm from the woman’s partner (or a donor) in the lab. It is perhaps the most well-known fertility treatments out there, and even individuals who have not done much research concerning options for infertility have heard the term IVF before. However, if you are aware of the basics, there are still quite a few surprising facts you might not know about IVF. Want to reveal all the details? Start reading now.

One Cycle Can Range From Three To Six Weeks

The timeline for one cycle of IVF is between three to six weeks, depending on what the doctor recommends for the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the woman’s wishes. As most IVF treatments include medication, the average span is between four to six weeks. However, some women will not undergo the first treatment stage of hormone injections, often due to another medical condition, which means one cycle of IVF can be as little as three weeks. Provided the woman chooses to take the medication, a cycle of IVF starts once the woman begins taking the prescribed medication and ends when the doctor implants the selected number of fertilized embryos into her womb.

How successful is IVF? The answer might be surprising.