The first step in the medical process is your screening with the IVF doctor. On this day, the IVF doctor performs blood and urine tests on you and your spouse/partner, if you are in a relationship. You then undergo a pelvic exam, an ultrasound and a consultation with the doctor, followed by the doctor explaining the IVF process in detail.
Once you have signed your legal contract and are cleared to proceed, you then move forward with your IVF cycle. You will receive your medications and specific instructions from a medical professional at your fertility clinic. The medications will cause your cycle to be synchronized with the egg donor’s or intended mother’s menstrual cycle and help your uterine lining thicken to accept the transferred embryos.
After the embryos have been transferred, you are required to be on bed rest for 24 – 72 hours, depending on your fertility clinic’s requirement. You will undergo a pregnancy blood test 10 – 12 days after the transfer. Once you are pregnant, you continue your medications to ensure that the pregnancy continues to progress.
Following your medication protocols exactly as instructed is extremely important during this time. Once the pregnancy is stable, which is near the end of the first trimester, you will be instructed by your IVF clinic to stop the medications and you will see your personal OB doctor for the remainder of the pregnancy.