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IVF Fertility FAQS

Atlanta IVF Treatments

Read these answers to frequently asked questions about IVF from our knowledgeable and experienced Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine doctors.

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How Long Does Egg Retrieval Take?

Egg retrieval typically takes under 30 minutes, depending on how many follicles are present.

Is the Egg Retrieval Painful?

No, since the retrieval is done under anesthesia. Our anesthesia specialists use medications which sedate you but this is not full anesthesia such as that used for typical surgeries. The benefit of this approach is that patients don’t feel or remember anything, yet do not require a breathing tube. You will have few of or none of the typical side effects of full anesthesia such as nausea and vomiting.

Are there payment options?

At ACRM we partner with Future Family to offer payment plan options. Future Family has a personalized patient support model and your own financial specialist. You can view your predicted offer and payment options here.

Will the Egg Retrieval Damage My Ovaries?

No. Some women, such as egg donors, may undergo multiple Egg Retrieval procedures and there is no data showing any long term complications from the procedures. Of course there are short term risks such as infection or bleeding which can occur, but thankfully these are extremely rare events. Studies have shown that ovaries seem to be unaffected by stimulation and egg retrieval.

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Is Bleeding Expected After the Egg Retrieval?

Light spotting and cramping are common after an egg retrieval. This bleeding is most likely the result of needle punctures in the vaginal wall. Bleeding and cramping should be minor and will most likely be less intense than your regular period.

Is It Normal to Retrieve an Egg From Every Follicle?

Not necessarily. Although we will usually get an egg from most large follicles (over 15 mm after stimulation), smaller follicles only occasionally yield mature eggs. Most women will have follicles of different sizes after ovulation induction, some of which contain immature eggs or post mature eggs, or no eggs at all.

Is the Embryo Transfer Painful?

No, it is similar to intrauterine insemination (IUI). Usually the woman feels only the speculum and nothing else.

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Is Bed Rest Recommended After the Embryo Transfer?

We recommend that you take it easy following transfer for the rest of the day, but routine activities can be resumed the next day. If there is an increased risk of ovarian hyperstimulation, we will recommend reducing activity for a few days until the hyperstimulation resolves.

Is Assisted Hatching Performed on All Embryos?

Typically yes. This is to overcome any “hardness” of the shell (the zona pellucida) surrounding the embryo. Research shows that in some groups (e.g. women over 38 years of age, previous failed IVF cycles, unusually thick zonae pellucidae, embryos grown in culture, eg IVF embryos) assisted hatching will increase the implantation and pregnancy rates.

What Is Done With Any “Leftover” Embryos?

Embryos that have developed to the blastocyst stage but are not transferred during the transfer cycle will be cryopreserved (frozen) if that is your wish.

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How Soon After IVF Can a Pregnancy Test Be Performed?

We schedule a pregnancy test 10 days after embryo transfer.

How Long of a Wait Is Recommended Between a Failed IVF Cycle and Trying Again?

We recommend waiting one full menstrual cycle before undergoing another IVF stimulation. It can take up to 6 weeks for inflammation to resolve; therefore, it is reasonable to wait a similar amount of time before restarting the process.

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If you have further questions about IVF or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced fertility doctors, feel free to contact us today!