The IVF Process

Understanding the IVF Journey

In vitro fertilization (IVF) represents a remarkable culmination of groundbreaking innovations, technologies, and techniques. It’s a testament to the remarkable strides in reproductive care, offering hope and possibility where once there were limitations. A highly advanced and involved process, the IVF journey consists of several key stages.

At Pacific Fertility Center, we understand how overwhelming the IVF process can seem, especially in the early stages of your fertility journey, and we’re here to help. Learn more about the various stages of the IVF process below.

The IVF Process

  • IVF pre-cycle preparation involves patients meeting with their physician to develop a treatment plan and undergo necessary tests and medications. Medications may include:

    • Birth control to regulate the patient’s cycle, prevent ovarian cysts, and allow the ovaries to rest
    • Leuprolide (Lupron) to suppresses ovulation
    • Cetrotide or oral estrogen to balance hormone

    Pre-IVF tests include blood tests, mid-cycle ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram, hysterosonogram, and hysteroscopy. Male partners undergo semen analysis and infectious disease testing as required by California law.

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