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Calculating Your Due Date after a Successful IVF Cycle

By Sonja Kristiansen, MD on June 29, 2017

A couple holding up an ultrasound photo of their soon-to-be-born child against the pregnant mother’s bellyAt Houston Fertility Center, Dr. Sonja Kristiansen and her team strive to help patients overcome their fertility problems in order to bring beautiful new lives into this world. They do this by offering a comprehensive range of fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization, or IVF, along with expert guidance, patient education, and other services you would expect from a world-class fertility clinic. Our patients feel supported, cared for, and truly cared about at every stage of their fertility treatment.

The IVF treatment process can seem, at times, confusing and nerve-wracking. There are no guarantees with any fertility treatment, and until a healthy child is born, the IVF process can feel as though it is filled with one anxious moment after another. This is why our fertility experts will be with you every step of the way, providing you with the knowledge you need to feel more secure in the process, such as calculating your IVF due date. Our Houston, TX fertility specialist and her team will help you understand what to expect from your very first appointment onward.

For further information on how we can help you realize your dreams of having a child, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sonja Kristiansen at Houston Fertility Center today.

About IVF Treatment

During IVF treatment, fertility medications are used to stimulate the ovaries and promote egg production. Medication is also used to help the eggs to mature. Once the eggs have reached full maturation, they are retrieved using a thin needle. They are then mixed with sperm extracted from a semen sample provided by the male partner for fertilization.

At either day 3 or day 5 after egg retrieval, the embryo transfer will take place. Using a long, flexible catheter, the embryo is inserted through the vagina and the cervix into the uterus. If the IVF cycle is successful, embryo implantation will occur six to ten days after egg retrieval.

How Is IVF Due Date Calculated?

There can be no doubt that the IVF cycle is more complex than a natural cycle. However, determining the due date after successful pregnancy is not necessarily a more complex matter. In fact, if your IVF cycle is successful, you can get a general idea of your due date using an online IVF due date calculator. Online IVF due date calculators figure out estimated due dates taking into account either the date of a 3-day embryo transfer, a 5-day embryo transfer, or the date of egg retrieval.

A more concrete idea of your due date may be arrived at after your first ultrasound. This ultrasound will be performed a few weeks after your positive pregnancy test. At this point, your due date will be based on information specific to your pregnancy and should therefore be more accurate. Even so, it is important to remember that due dates are simply estimations.

Learn More about Calculating Your IVF Due Date

To learn more about calculating your IVF due date, please contact Houston Fertility Center today.

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