This is a simple step by step guide for a typical IVF procedure with Zakuro Life.
Based on your treatment, a Zakuro Life IVF package includes
- Short protocol IVF treatment
- 10 days of follicle stimulation
- 1 hCG trigger shot
- Laser assisted hatching
- Day 5 embryo transfer (blastocyst)
Step 1: Preparation
Choose your donor and a timeline will be made so you can prepare for the IVF process.
You will start birth control pills to sync your ovulation with the donor.
Step 2: Baseline Test
The donor will have a baseline ultrasound scan and hormone test to confirm she can begin stimulation.
Step 3: Stimulation
After the baseline test your donor will stimulate her egg follicles for 10 days with hormone injections.
The doctor will adjust the medication so the follicles are right for egg collection.
Step 4: Trigger Shot
When the egg follicles are the right size for collection, the donor will take the final injection of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG).
Step 5: Egg Collection
36 hours after the hCG injection, your donor will be given a mild sedative and the doctor will retrieve the eggs with a catheter (thin glass needle) through the vaginal canal.
Step 6: Fertilization
The embryologist will examine the donor eggs for quality. Your partner’s sperm is washed and the best sperm is put in an incubator to fertilize the healthy eggs.
Step 7: Embryo Transfer
A highly developed embryo called a blastocyst forms after 5 days and transferred to your uterus.
You need between 30 minutes and 2 hours to recover and allow the blastocyst to settle into your uterus lining.
Step 8: The Two Week Wait
After blastocyst transfer you have to wait 2 weeks for the pregnancy test. It is important to use progesterone during this time.
Step 9: Pregnancy Test
Two weeks after embryo transfer you will take a pregnancy test. When your pregnancy is confirmed you must continue to use progesterone for 8 weeks.
If the treatment was unsuccessful you will stop use of progesterone and we can plan for your next cycle. If you have frozen embryos we can arrange a simple FET procedure.