IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. It is one of the best assisted reproductive technologies used on Earth today. This technique involves the combination of surgical and medical procedures to help sperm fertilize an egg, and then help the fertilized egg to be implanted into a uterus.
In the course of this article, we will be reviewing how IVF works and any other important facts that you need to know.
A Guide On How IVF Works
The first step involved in IVF is the woman taking medication that will prepare several of her eggs for fertilization. After the eggs have been readied with the medication, they will be taken out of her body. The next step involves mixing the egg with sperm in a lab.
Bringing the egg and the sperm together will cause this sperm to fertilize the egg. After which, one or more of the fertilized eggs will be put directly into the uterus of the woman. Pregnancy will now occur if any of the embryos implants itself into the lining of the woman’s uterus.
The Side Effects Of IVF
Just like most medications and medical procedures. Here is a list of some of the side effects of undergoing the in vitro fertilization procedure as a woman:
- breast tenderness
- mood swings
- allergic reaction to medicine
If you have any concerns about the risks, and side effects of IVF, you can reach out to your doctor for consultation.
It is important to note that IVF can be emotionally difficult for the person undergoing the procedure. Most women throughout the procedure go, through anxiety and depression. In order to curb these, it is advisable to go online or visit in-person communities, and meet people who understand what you’re going through, who will offer advice and support.
The major goal of the IVF procedure is to help sperm to fertilize a woman’s egg. After which, the resulting embryo will be implanted into the uterus where it will attach itself to the lining of the uterus. While attached to the lining of the uterus, it will now develop from stage to stage until a full baby is formed after nine months. Then, the woman can give birth.