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How long does IVF treatment take from start to finish?

By Andrea Rodrigo.
Last Update: 10/22/2018

In Vitro Fertilization takes approximately a complete female cycle, that is, about 30 days. Since the beginning of the menstrual cycle, marked by the start of menstruation, the intended mother starts stimulating the ovaries. Between 6 and 10 days after that, the follicular puncture for egg retrieval is scheduled. This procedure is used to retrieve the eggs, which will be fertilized in the lab in order to obtain viable embryos. The resulting embryos remain in culture for 3 to 5 days, depending on each case, till they are transferred back to the mother's uterus. At this point, 15 days will have passed since the beginning.

Approximately two weeks after the embryo transfer, the woman can take a pregnancy test to verify whether it has been successful or not.

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 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
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