What is IVF, treatment and cost – FAQs

Is IVF a painful procedure?

The only pain associated with IVF is from the injections that are administered to stimulate egg production.  General anesthesia will be used during the egg retrieval process, and the implantation does not even require a local anesthetic.

How long should I expect it to take to get pregnant with IVF?

How long it takes to become pregnant through IVF varies from patient to patient.  If the first cycle of treatment is successful, you will be pregnant about a month after the start of the cycle.  Sometimes multiple cycles are needed before pregnancy is achieved.

How much does it cost to do IVF? What is the cost of test tube baby in India?

In western countries, IVF treatments are quite high.  In the US they run about $15,000 US and in Europe about $12,000 US plus the costs of medicine and other incidentals.  The same procedure, of equal or higher quality, in India is about $5,000 US and is typically all-inclusive.

What is the success rate of IVF in India?

Because every patient and their chance of success is different, it is impossible to determine the exact success rate of IVF procedures.  The estimated success rate of IVF treatments is over 40% for women under 35.

How to get cheap IVF treatment in India?

Finding affordable IVF treatment in India is easy.  The costs of treatment are significantly lower than the same treatment in the US or Europe.  The doctors are expertly trained and the facilities well equipped with cutting-edge technology.

What is the best IVF clinic center in India?

The clinics in India are equipped with well maintained state-of-the-art equipment and staffed with doctors and nurses that are at the forefront in their field.  It is easy to find quality IVF clinics in India, and the one that is best for you is a matter of personal opinion.  Some of the IVF clinics that are most noted are;

  • Bloom IVF Clinic – Located at the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, Bloom IVF clinic has been on the list of top 10 IVF clinics in India for many years.
  • Infertility India – This Mumbai based IVF clinic is famous for its high rate of success. It has fully equipped clinics in New Delhi, Nerul, Chandigarh and Navi Mumbai.
  • BLK Hospital – This Delhi based hospital is reputed to be one of the best IVF centres in Delhi. Its equipment and staff are world class and on the cutting edge of IVF technology.

How to get successful IVF treatment in India?

Many factors contribute to determining the success of IVF Treatment.  When choosing your hospital or clinic and specialists, it is essential to do your research.  Make sure that the facilities and specialists you choose are experienced in dealing with your specific requirements.  Ask them if they have experience dealing with your age range and your specific infertility concerns.

Who are the best IVF doctors in India?

The IVF doctors in India are rated as some of the best in the world so finding a quality doctor to perform your IVF treatment in India is Easy.  There are too many fine doctors to list here, but some of the specialists of note include:

  • Dr. Sonia Mali in Delhi
  • Dr. Firuza Parikh in Mumbai
  • Dr. Chitra Ramamurthy in Bangalore
  • Dr. Geetha Haripriya in Chennai
  • Dr. Padmaja Divakar in Hyderabad

How long does it take for IVF start to finish?

The entire in vitro fertilization process takes about the same amount of time as a standard menstrual cycle, about 28 days, from the first day of the treatment cycle to the blood test.

How long is the process of in vitro fertilization?

The entire in vitro fertilization process takes about the same amount of time as a standard menstrual cycle, about 28 days, from the first day of the treatment cycle to the blood test.

How long does it take for egg retrieval?

Egg retrieval is an outpatient procedure that will take approximately a thirty minutes.

How is IVF done step by step?

There are multiple steps involved in the entire IVF cycle which is the treatment that starts on the first day of your period.

Step 1: The first day of your treatment cycle will coincide with the first day of your menstrual cycle or period.  Your fertility doctor or nurse will help you identify the first day.

Step 2: Stimulation Phase – This phase starts on the first day of your period and treatment cycle. Usually, ovaries produce one egg per monthly cycle.  For eight to fourteen days you will take medication to stimulate your ovaries to produce extra eggs.  The medication is usually taken in the form of an injection and can vary from one to two doses per cycle to one to two doses per day depending on your body’s needs.  Your fertility doctor or nurse will teach you and your partner how to administer the injections.

Your ovaries and follicle development will be monitored with ultrasounds and blood tests to determine when the trigger injection should be administered.  The trigger injection prepares the eggs for ovulation (the release of the eggs from the ovaries).  Your fertility doctor or nurse will let you know precisely when to administer the trigger injection.

Step 3:  Egg Retrieval – Your egg retrieval day will be scheduled before the trigger injection is administered.  The retrieval of the eggs from your ovaries is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia.  The procedure takes approximately a half hour.  Ultrasounds will be used to guide the needle into the ovaries follicles and remove the fluid containing the eggs.  Between eight and fifteen eggs are typically collected.  Following a short rest in the recovery room, usually about 30 minutes, you will be able to return home.  It is recommended that you have a friend or family member on hand to drive you home.

Step 4: Sperm – If you are using fresh sperm for the fertilization the male will give a sperm sample the same morning as the egg retrieval.  If you have chosen to use frozen sperm your specialist will already have moved it to the lab.  The sperm is treated with a special wash to slow it down so it can be examined under a microscope.  Your specialist will carefully select the healthiest and most viable sperm.

Step 5:  Fertilization – Using a microscope, the eggs are identified and removed from the fluid.  The eggs are placed in a dish with the sperm and are allowed to fertilize each other as they would in the body naturally.

Step 6:  Once the egg is fertilized by the sperm it is called an embryo.  The embryo is placed in an incubator that produces the perfect environment for growth and development. The embryos are watched for five to six days and are monitored for the cleavage stage (six to eight cells on day three).  Your specialist will keep you up-to-date on the development of your embryos.

Step 7: Embryo Transfer – The embryos that developed properly are now ready to be transferred to the uterus.  The transfer takes about five minutes and no anesthesia is necessary.  A catheter will be placed into your uterus through the cervix.  An ultrasound will be used to find the best place for the embryo to implant.

Step 8:  Two weeks after your embryos are transferred your specialist will perform a blood test.  The test will determine your hCG hormone levels.  If hCG is present, congratulations, it means you are pregnant.