What is the first step in in vitro fertilization (IVF)?
With IVF, you’ll inject hormones so you produce multiple eggs each month instead of only one. You’ll get checked to see if you’re ready for egg retrieval. If so, you’ll get injections of a medication that ripens the developing eggs and starts your ovulation. Timing is important; the eggs must be retrieved just before they emerge from the follicles in the ovaries. Your doctor may do blood tests or an ultrasound to be sure the eggs are being retrieved at the right stage. The IVF clinic will instruct you on what to do the night before and the day of the procedure.
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