Your Journey at SFIC
Day 0 : Consultation with our Specialist
Consultation with a specialist
Each couple who visits Southend Fertility & IVF are greeted by a dedicated counselor who hand holds them throughout their journey of an IVF cycle – from the first consultation with the specialist, the process of IVF to the final step of a successful conception.
Day 1 : Preparing ovaries for producing several eggs
Preparing the Ovaries to produce several eggs
The female partner is administered with the medications to stimulate the ovaries to produce several eggs. This is done in order to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. These medications are in the form of injections which are usually started from the second day of the menstrual cycle.
Day 6 : Ultrasound and hCG injection for final maturation of eggs
ultrasound and hCG injection for final maturation of eggs
A vaginal ultrasound is conducted to measure the response of ovaries with regard to the number and size of follicles. Each follicle grows in size to mature and produces one egg. If the response of medication is good, the specialist administers hCG injection that triggers final maturing of the eggs for collection.
Day 8 : Collecting Eggs and Sperms
Collecting Eggs and Sperms
Egg collection is normally planned approximately 36 hours after the hCG injection. The procedure is performed using transvaginal sonography under general anesthesia and on an average 8-10 eggs are collected from each ovary. Fresh semen sample/previously frozen sample from the male partner is collected on the same day.
Day 9-10 : Fertilization inside the laboratory
Fertilisation inside the laboratory
After egg and sperm collection, the eggs are fertilized in the lab using IVF procedure. The specialists examine the eggs on the following day for fertilisation.
Day 12 - 13 : Transfer of Embryo into the Uterus
Transfer of embryo into the uterus
The fertilized eggs hatches and develops into a collection of cells, known as an embryo. After two to three days of fertilisation of eggs, the best quality embryos are selected for the procedure. The embryo is transferred into the womb or the uterus using using a thin plastic tube (catheter) guided by sonography. After the transfer, the embryo attaches itself to the uterine lining or endometrial lining. This is known as the implantation and it usually occurs within one to two days of the embryo transfer. The specialist may prescribe some medications to support the implantation. Once implantation occurs, it can be termed as a successful conception or pregnancy.
Day 27- 28 : Tests to check the status of conception/pregnancy
Tests to check the status of conception / pregnancy
After two weeks of the embryo transfer, the couple undergoes a test for beta-hCG or a regular pregnancy test along with a vaginal ultrasound scan to check and confirm a successful conception/pregnancy. This test can be undertaken at the convenience of our centre or at clinic of referring gynecologist.