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Q : Are there any restrictions on physical or personal activities during an IVF cycle?

  • Heavy exercise such as aerobics, jogging, weight lifting etc. is prohibited
    during ovarian stimulation and until the pregnancy test results are known.
  • Smoking should be stopped before ovulation induction begins. It is highly
    recommended to discontinue tobacco intake at least 3 months prior
    to an IVF cycle.
  • Alcohol and should be avoided during pregnancy and infertility treatment.
    Drinking alcohol is not advisable from the time fertility medications are
    initiated until the pregnancy test is conducted.
  • Some medications may interfere with the fertility medications prescribed,
    some are not safe to use before an operation or medical procedure, and
  • others might interfere with ovulation or pregnancy implantation
How long does egg retrieval take?

Egg retrieval is a rapid procedure. Typically egg retrieval will take around 20-30 minutes. But, the length of the procedure may vary depending on how many follicles are present, how easy is it to reach the ovaries with the ultrasound probe.

Why does my husband/ partner have to take antibiotics?

If we are using a fresh specimen the day of the retrieval, antibiotics help to protect the woman from infection and reduce harmful bacteria during IVF. If we are using a frozen specimen or you are having a frozen embryo transfer, the husband / partner will not need antibiotics.

Is the egg retrieval painful?

Egg retrievals are performed under anaesthesia. Our anaesthesia specialists use medications which heavily sedate you. You will be “asleep” during the retrieval process.

When is the blood pregnancy test performed?

The blood pregnancy test is performed 14 days after
the egg retrieval.

I am spotting on the pill. Is this normal?

Egg retrieval is a rapid procedure. Typically egg retrieval will take around 20-30 minutes. But, the length of the procedure may vary depending on how many follicles are present, how easy is it to reach the ovaries with the ultrasound probe.

What happens if I become pregnant?

If you become pregnant, you will be asked to return to the clinic for a repeat blood test and an ultrasound to ensure the successful ongoing pregnancy. After confirming a fetal heartbeat you will be referred to an obstetrician for the remainder of the pregnancy.

How long does egg retrieval take?

Yes, because the birth control pill contains such a low dose of estrogens, this can cause spotting in some women. Continue to take your pill at the same time every day as directed and do not skip any pills.Why do I have to be on the birth control pill if I spent so many years unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant?We use the birth control pill as a way to regulate your hormones before we start you on stimulating hormones. In some protocols, birth control pill hormones help the actual IVF cycle. Lastly, we use it for cycle control to help ensure that we can start your cycle at the appropriate time.

If I am not pregnant, when can we try again?

Usually the patients are asked to wait one or two complete menstrual cycles before beginning another ART cycle.