What Are The Steps to IVF Treatment for Fertility?
Step One – Ovulation Induction: In unstimulated cycles, IUI is timed to take place at the time of natural ovulation without the addition of fertility drugs. IUI is usually done between day 12 and day 16 of a natural menstrual cycle, but the exact day will depend on your individual cycle. Your doctor will advise on the best day for you. Depending on your particular situation, you may need to use fertility drugs alongside your IUI treatment, as a stimulated cycle. If so, you will start taking the drug near the beginning of your menstrual cycle to stimulate your ovaries to develop several mature eggs for fertilization, rather than your usual one egg per month.
Step Two – Insemination: You may ovulate naturally, or be given an injection of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hcg) to induce it. Fresh or frozen sperm may be used. The washed and selected sperm is then inserted using a thin catheter (tube) through your cervix, into the uterus within 24 hours and 40 hours of the hcg injection.