Ovulation Induction and the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Process
There are many reproductive medicine options to consider if you would like to start the family of your dreams. Couples or individuals who are interested in learning more about all of these options can of course visit our practice for a personal consultation, where we will take all the time necessary to address all concerns and answer all questions as needed.
One of the most popular reproductive treatments that is offered around the world is in vitro fertilization (IVF). This involves a series of steps and processes, and we'd like to take a moment right now to focus on one particular step of the IVF process which is known as ovulation induction. Knowing what this is may help you understand the IVF procedure better and how it might just be the right option for you.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) - The Basics
First a brief overview of how in vitro fertilization (IVF) works. IVF involves the careful retrieval of eggs from a woman so that they can be fertilized in a controlled lab setting. Once the eggs have been fertilized and have begun cellular division, the embryo is carefully introduced into the uterus so that it can develop naturally and the pregnancy can be carried to term.
Ovulation Induction and What It Means
Ovulation induction is done prior to the retrieval of the eggs. During this phase of IVF, a woman is given fertility drugs of various kinds that promote ovulation. This allows a fertility specialist to easily obtain healthy, viable eggs.
Medications Used to Induce Ovulation
There are different kinds of medications that may be used to stimulate ovulation, and the right ones for a given patient may vary.
With that in mind, medications taken for ovulation induction will stimulate the production of multiple eggs (usually luteinizing hormone or LH, and follicle-stimulating hormone or FSH), aid in the proper maturation of the eggs (human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG), prevent early ovulation so that eggs are retrieved as needed and on time, and allow for a healthy uterine lining.
Potential Side Effects of Your Medications
All medications have potential side effects, and that certainly goes for fertility drugs. Your fertility specialist will give you detailed information about each drug you are given and any side effects involved. There will also be careful checks on any drugs you are currently taking outside of the fertility drugs to ensure that a combination of various drugs will not have deleterious health effects.
Other Issues Related to the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Process
In addition to the matters we have covered above, there are other options to keep in mind with regard to the IVF process, such as the use of egg donors, sperm donors, or surrogate carriers. During your visit to our practice, we will be sure to cover all of these matters in full detail so you understand all of the options that you have before you.
Learn More About Advanced Fertility Treatments
If you would like to learn more about all of your options for assisted reproduction, be sure to contact our Omaha, NE fertility center today. Our entire team looks forward to discussing these matters with you in greater detail and helping you make smart choices when it comes to starting the family you've always wanted.