In vitro fertilization, or IVF, provides a ray of hope for patients struggling with infertility
Our San Diego IVF center is proud to offer in vitro fertilization to our patients. IVF is a cutting-edge and highly effective process that requires several weeks of preparation. Because we are a boutique clinic that provides individualized attention to our patients, Dr. Minoos Hosseinzadeh will guide you and personally care for you during every step of the IVF process.
A look at the steps of the in vitro fertilization process
To start the IVF process at our San Diego IVF center, the male and female partner will undergo diagnostic fertility testing. The results will help Dr. Hosseinzadeh determine the best way to proceed with treatment using IVF.
The female patient will then begin taking injectable fertility medications. During this time, she will be carefully monitored with blood work and ultrasounds. When her eggs mature, Dr. Hosseinzadeh will retrieve them from the ovaries during an outpatient procedure.
Our embryologist will then fertilize the eggs using sperm from the woman’s partner or sperm do-nor. If the patients are interested in preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), our team can perform it for them after fertilization and before embryo transfer.
The final two steps involve an embryo transfer and taking hormonal medications to support the uterine lining. About 10 days after the embryo transfer, the patient will take a pregnancy test to confirm whether the IVF cycle was a success.
Recommendations for IVF patients
During an in vitro fertilization cycle, certain lifestyle choices can decrease the chance of conception. Our San Diego IVF center recommends avoiding the following substances, both before and during treatment and pregnancy.
- Recreational drugs
- More than one caffeinated product or beverage per day
- Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve, and naproxen
- Fish that are high in mercury like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish and tuna fish
Dr. Hosseinzadeh recommends that patients begin taking prenatal vitamins before treatment. She will review all prescription and over-the-counter medications before IVF. The goal is to ensure that a patient’s medications will not interfere with treatment or pregnancy.
If you have any questions about in vitro fertilization or you are ready to begin the process at our San Diego IVF clinic, please contact us. We are happy to guide you on the path to parenthood.