The IVF Timeline: A Step-by-Step Guide to What to Expect

The IVF Timeline: A Step-by-Step Guide to What to Expect

By MFC on 19,May 2024

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex process that helps many couples and individuals achieve their dream of parenthood. While it can feel overwhelming at first, understanding the IVF timeline can ease anxiety and provide a roadmap for what to expect during each stage. This blog, brought to you by Mukherjee Fertility Centre (MFC), a leading IVF clinic in Kolkata under the guidance of Dr. Shiuli Mukherjee, a renowned IVF specialist, aims to demystify the IVF process step-by-step.

Important Note: While we'll discuss the general IVF timeline, it's crucial to remember that each journey is unique. MFC tailors treatment plans to individual needs, and Dr. Mukherjee will provide a personalized timeline during your consultation.

Stages of the IVF Timeline:

    The IVF process can be broadly categorized into five main stages:

  1. Initial Consultation and Evaluation:
  2. Timeline: This is the first step and typically involves one or two appointments.

    What to Expect: You'll meet Dr. Mukherjee and her team to discuss your medical history, fertility concerns, and desired outcomes. Tests might include blood work, ultrasounds, and semen analysis. These evaluations help determine the best course of treatment for your specific situation.

  3. Ovarian Stimulation:
  4. Timeline: This stage usually lasts 8-14 days, starting on day 2 or 3 of your menstrual cycle.

    What to Expect: Fertility medications are administered to stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple mature eggs. Regular monitoring through blood tests and ultrasounds ensures optimal egg development.

  5. Egg Retrieval:
  6. Timeline: This minimally invasive procedure typically occurs 34-36 hours after a trigger shot, which helps release the mature eggs from the ovaries.

    What to Expect: The egg retrieval is performed under light sedation. A thin needle is guided through the vaginal wall to retrieve the eggs. You might experience mild cramping or bloating after the procedure, but recovery is usually quick.

  7. Fertilization and Embryo Development:
  8. Timeline: This stage can take 5-7 days.

    What to Expect: The retrieved eggs are combined with sperm in a laboratory dish for fertilization. The fertilized eggs then develop into embryos. In some cases, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) might be used to directly inject a single sperm into an egg.

  9. Embryo Transfer and Luteal Phase Support:
  10. Timeline: Embryo transfer typically occurs 5-6 days after fertilization. The Luteal phase support lasts for about two weeks.

    What to Expect: One or more healthy embryos are carefully transferred into your uterus using a thin catheter. Medication is prescribed during the Luteal phase to support a potential pregnancy. A pregnancy test is performed approximately 10-14 days after the transfer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the IVF Timeline:

  • Q: How long does the entire IVF process take?
  • A: A complete IVF cycle typically takes 6-8 weeks, but this can vary depending on individual factors.

  • Q: Do IVF injections hurt?
  • A: Injections might cause mild discomfort, similar to a pinch. MFC provides guidance on injection techniques and pain management options to minimize discomfort.

  • Q: Are there any disadvantages to IVF babies?
  • A: Extensive research shows no significant disadvantages to children conceived through IVF. They have the same growth and development patterns as naturally conceived children.

  • Q: When can I start IVF injections in my cycle?
  • A: Injections typically begin on day 2 or 3 of your menstrual cycle. Dr. Mukherjee will provide specific instructions based on your cycle and treatment plan.

  • Q: How many days after egg retrieval is the embryo transfer?
  • A: Embryo transfer is usually scheduled 5-6 days after egg retrieval.

  • Q: How many injections are required for IVF?
  • A: The exact number of injections varies depending on your treatment plan, but it typically involves daily injections for a period of 8-14 days.

  • Q: What happens after egg retrieval if I'm not ready for embryo transfer?
  • A: The embryos can be frozen for future transfer cycles. This option allows for flexibility and time to prepare for a potential pregnancy.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you're considering IVF, Mukherjee Fertility Centre (MFC) is here to support you. Dr. Shiuli Mukherjee, a leading IVF specialist in Kolkata, offers personalized treatment plans and a caring environment throughout your journey. Contact MFC for a consultation and embark on your path to parenthood with confidence.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. For personalized advice, please consult Dr. Shiuli Mukherjee at Mukherjee Fertility Centre by calling us at 9874064710 or 033 2654 0115. Our team will assist you in scheduling a convenient appointment slot and provide any necessary information regarding consultations, treatments, or procedures. You can also visit our website at to book your appointment online.