To know about the success of an IVF procedure the patient has to go through all the tests that determine the exact cause of infertility. Once that is done the doctor lays out the options and which helps to discuss the best path on which to proceed. The patient has to take all the prescribed medication. The eggs are extracted after the course of hormone injections to stimulate the ovaries for mature eggs. The semen sample is submitted. The embryo is successfully made in the lab and kept for a few days before transfer. This matured embryo is then transferred to the uterus through the IVF procedure.
After that the fertility doctor gives some precautionary measures to adhere to for about 2 weeks, till the next appointment. The next appointment will entail the pregnancy test. This 2 week period is the most crucial time and determines the outcome of the whole IVF treatment that you have undergone all these months. It is important for patients to be very cautious with their health during these 2 weeks and obediently follow the doctor’s instructions. The success of your IVF treatment depends to some extent on your compliance.
All the months leading up to the IVF procedure were just in preparation to make this procedure possible. The two weeks wait also commonly referred to as the is a very crucial time.
The emotional and mental reaction varies from patient to patient during this. Some of the more common reactions are:
· Apprehension: The patient is very nervous about the outcome and fears failure of the IVF procedure. They are filled with dread and generally maintain a negative disposition. Doctors advise remaining calm and focusing on positive things during the 2ww.
· Excitement: The couples are very excited about the prospect of having a baby and cannot wait for the 2ww to be over. Even though most doctors prepare patients for the prospect of IVF failure, every patient only thinks of the success.
· Casual: Some women have a very nonchalant attitude after the IVF procedure, like they couldn’t care less.
· Noncompliance: Some patients are just plain disobedient and think they know better than the doctor. This lack of cooperation can be detrimental for the success of the IVF procedure .
The pregnancy test is conducted at the fertility centre after a wait of 2 weeks to allow the HCG levels to increase in the body. The trophectoderm cells of the embryo produce the HCG hormone after it implants. An increased quantity of this HCG hormone is necessary to get a positive confirmation about the pregnancy. The HCG level begins to rapidly increase on a daily basis after the implantation. Implantation can take anywhere between 3 to 8 days depending on the type of embryo transfer.