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Cincinnati In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Services

IVF Treatment Overview

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a fertility treatment where a woman’s viable, mature eggs are extracted from her body while she is sedated in a twilight sleep and then inseminated outside of the body. The fertilized eggs are then developed in our state of the art embryology lab over the next few days (typically between 2 and 5) before they are transferred back into the woman’s uterus, resulting in a greatly increased chance of pregnancy.  

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What to Keep in Mind With IVF

Dr. Chin performs all egg extraction procedures personally and identifies and collects viable eggs based on your fertility goals. Some women choose to have many eggs extracted, and some women choose just one or two. We cannot promise that you will have viable eggs when you choose to undergo the IVF egg collection procedure, and unfortunately, there are rare cases where women do not have any viable eggs. 

Religious Considerations for IVF

We understand that you may have certain spiritual needs, and we can work with your church or religious institution to ensure that the procedure meets your religious doctrines. Dr. Chin is willing to answer any questions or make accommodations in the procedure to ensure that IVF fits your spiritual needs. Some accommodations may include ensuring fertilization occurs within the uterus or adjusting the timing of medication administration to fit within times of religious fasting. 

Common IVF Questions

As a local Cincinnati IVF center, we often get questions such as: Who is IVF treatment right for? How long does IVF take? What does IVF treatment look like? Let’s explore those below, so you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. 

Who is IVF right for?

IVF is right for those who are experiencing issues conceiving due to blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes, male infertility, advanced maternal age, women with endometriosis, same-sex female couples, or other similar infertility issues. It is usually not right for couples who have only been trying to conceive for a short time and have no diagnosed infertility issues.  

How long does IVF take?

One IVF cycle usually takes between four and six weeks, but it depends on the individual and Dr. Chin’s assessment of your fertility diagnosis, past medical history, and personal family goals.

What are the steps of IVF Egg Retrieval?

Below are the steps of IVF Egg Retrieval.

Before Egg Retrieval

Before the procedure, it is important that you discuss with your nursing team and Dr. Chin if there are any medications you need to discontinue. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy meal prior to your preoperative fasting, which begins at midnight before the procedure is scheduled to occur. Be sure that you do not wear any perfume, aerosols, or have tertiary smoke on your clothing the day of the procedure as they may contaminate the sterile environment of the operating suite. At this time, your partner will be asked to collect their sperm sample, or if donated sperm is being utilized, it will be thawed from its frozen state.

During the Egg Retrieval Procedure

During the procedure, you will be put into a “Twilight State” otherwise known as conscious sedation or IV Sedation. Dr. Chin will use an ultrasound probe to locate the ovary and all mature follicles with precision. The eggs are then extracted using a specialized needle inserted through the vaginal wall. This process is almost completely painless as our team of anesthesia providers will assess and respond to your needs throughout the entire procedure.

Post Egg Retrieval

Once the procedure is complete, you may experience spotting or light bleeding for a few days along with cramping, nausea, and fatigue. Our team of highly trained IVF nurses will check on you the following day to see how you are feeling. At this time, they will provide an update on the fertilization of your eggs and schedule you for embryo transfer, if applicable to your care.

You can be confident that your eggs will be matched with the correct sperm sample from your partner. Our laboratory has an advanced witnessing system designed to eliminate the potential for mistakes in the embryology or andrology laboratory. Each egg and sperm sample is assigned a specific microchip. If the wrong two microchips come too close together, an alarm will sound, preventing the lab personnel from mixing the wrong sperm and egg.

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