What are the 5 stages of IVF?

What are the 5 stages of IVF

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Last updated:
02/27/2022

What are the 5 stages of IVF?

There are five basic steps in the IVF process:

  1. Preparation – The first step is preparation. This includes scheduling the appointment and deciding whether or not you want to pursue IVF as a treatment option. Once you decide to proceed with IVF, you’ll need to prepare yourself mentally and physically by taking charge of your health.
  2. Egg retrieval – Eggs are removed from the ovaries via ultrasound-guided aspiration. A small amount of fluid is removed from each ovary, which contains immature eggs ready for fertilization. After removal, the eggs are examined under a microscope to determine their quality and viability.
  3. Sperm collection – Semen samples are collected via masturbation or ejaculation. An artificial penis is sometimes used to stimulate semen production.
  4. Oocyte activation – This step activates the eggs by adding chemicals to the culture medium. Activating the eggs allows for better chances of fertilization.
  5. Embryo transfer – The embryos created in Step 4 are transferred back into the uterus.