IVF FAQ: HFI Answers Questions about IVF Treatment

Infertile couples who are considering in-vitro fertilization (IVF) often have many questions regarding treatment. Below, we have provided answers to some of these commonly seen questions concerning advanced fertility treatment. General information about the in-vitro fertilization process is available on our IVF page. For more specific information, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with an in-vitro fertilization specialist at one of our IVF clinics serving Houston and surrounding Texas communities. Our doctors provide a superior level of care to all who turn to Houston Fertility Institute for IVF and other fertility treatments.

The possibilities of success with an IVF treatment vary from patient to patient. Your physician can best predict the outcome in your case after a complete evaluation. This includes reviewing your history and prior responses to fertility medications, a thorough physical examination and drawing up a plan to prepare for your treatment. All IVF treatment programs are required to report their statistics to the Center for Disease Control and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). These statistics are available for public review.

Your costs for IVF will depend on how much medication you will need, whether your insurance covers a portion of treatment, and other factors. Our staff will work closely with you to help you manage your costs. Visit our section on financial information or contact our office for more information.

The length of time that you will be taking the injections will depend on the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) protocol chosen for you at Houston Fertility Institute. Typically, patients receive injections for 8 to 10 days, but some must take them for a little longer.

IVF treatment side effects vary from patient to patient. However, reactions to medications may include skin irritation at the injection site, abdominal bloating, headaches, breast tenderness, and nausea.

You, or a family member of your choosing, will be taught by our staff how to give the subcutaneous injections. This means your spouse or family should know how to prepare for IVF as well!

No. Medications are not included in the cost of an IVF cycle. The amount of medication you will need will depend on your age, ovarian reserve and history.

Day one of your cycle is considered your first day of full flow menstrual bleeding, not spotting. If this occurs after 12 p.m. (noon), the next day is considered day one.

This will depend on your individual response to the medications. During an IVF cycle at our clinic, you will have between six and nine appointments, including one for the egg retrieval.

Some exercise is acceptable during in-vitro fertilization treatment, but as the IVF treatment cycle progresses, only low impact exercise (such as walking) is recommended. The ovaries may become enlarged from the fertility medications, and high impact exercise may put you at risk for ovarian torsion, a condition in which the ovary can twist on itself. This is a very rare but serious side effect.

During the first two weeks of each IVF cycle, hair coloring is allowed. However, from mid-cycle on, including waiting to find out if you are pregnant, it is best to wait until after 12 weeks to receive any chemical hair treatment.

Having a manicure or wearing artificial nails will not cause any harm during IVF treatment or pregnancy. We do advise that you make sure your nails are treated in a well-ventilated area.

No. It is imperative that during the monitoring phase of your treatment cycle you are available for multiple appointments to assess the growth of your follicles. Our nursing staff can work with your schedule at one of our eight in-vitro fertilization clinics (Beaumont, The Woodlands, Houston, Willowbrook, Tomball, Katy, Sugar Land, Medical Center, Cypress and Clear Lake).

After your embryo transfer, we ask that you refrain from intercourse until your pregnancy test, which is about two weeks later. If you are pregnant, as long as you are not experiencing bleeding or discomfort, intercourse is okay after we are able to detect the baby’s heartbeat. This will be approximately two weeks after your positive pregnancy test.

No, not generally. It lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes, and IV sedation is administered so that you will not be awake during the process. Some patients have mild cramping after the procedure and are discharged with a prescription for pain medication.

A pregnancy test is scheduled 14 days after the embryo transfer.

Typically, you will not be discharged to your Ob-Gyn until 8 to 10 weeks into your pregnancy. You will have several blood tests and ultrasounds to determine the development of the pregnancy before you are released into their care.

Contact our IVF Center in Texas

When you visit one of our 13 in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics serving the Greater Houston area, you will receive all of the information needed to make educated decisions regarding your care. Schedule an appointment at Houston Fertility Institute today.