Answer from: Raúl Olivares, MD
The duration of the IVF depends on the protocol, but in a normal scenario, the patient usually starts the stimulation on the 1st day of the period, egg collection takes place between day 12-14 of the cycles, the transfer should be done 5 days later, on day 18-19, and then patients usually wait for like 12 – 14 days until they do the pregnancy test. Unless you’re doing some kind of long protocol in which the down-regulation started in the last days of the former cycle, the process of IVF takes one month. The stimulation usually starts on the third day of the cycle. A pregnancy test is done on day 27-28, depending on how fast the patient has responded.
Answer from: Harry Karpouzis, MD, MRCOG, DIUE
IVF treatment in total if we’re going through a fresh transfer lasts for about 18 days. What we say to couples coming from abroad is that if they want to do a whole process in Greece from the beginning to the end, they need to calculate it, so they need to be in Greece on the first day of the period, and they need to stay here for about 20 days. The ovary stimulation lasts for about 9 to 11 days, usually starting from the first day of the period. Egg collection happens 2 days later, 36 hours later, and then embryo transfer can happen 3 or 5 days until we reach the blastocysts stage.
Regarding how soon before starting the treatment, the couples from abroad needs to book the treatment, we usually suggest booking treatment a month before. We work on a very personalized basis to make sure they will be around for the whole process.
After booking a treatment, they need to have some initial tests ready, for example, blood tests. We will create a personalized, tailor-made protocol for them. Then the treatment can start even with the next period. The couples from abroad can choose to have the whole treatment in Greece or start their stimulation in their country of origin and then travel to Greece before the egg collection and stay until the time of the embryo transfer to minimize the duration of stay.
Answer from: Elias Tsakos, MD, FRCOG
The pre-IVF testing and the qualification medical testing and assessment, in my opinion, shouldn’t last longer than maybe 5 weeks. During this time, the optimum results are obtained, and of course, the protocol is designed for the best possible IVF process in your case. Once the protocol is starting, this is usually lasting between 2 and 3 weeks, and following this time, we have the embryo transfer if we’re talking about the fresh embryo transfer. Following this, the normal waiting time is about 2 weeks until the pregnancy test is confirmed, hopefully, a good and successful pregnancy. The overall time is in the origin of 5 weeks. It is a period of testing and about 5 weeks for the IVF process. Then, waiting for the confirmation of the pregnancy test.
However, in a small proportion of own egg IVF cycles during which it is deemed necessary not to transfer on the first cycle, the wait can be a little longer after the egg collection, we freeze all the suitable top-quality embryos. We wait for 1 or 2 months before we do the frozen embryo transfer, either on a natural or a medicated cycle. In those cases, the overall journey could be maybe 1 or 2 months longer.
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Understanding the IVF process step-by-step can sometimes be challenging, especially when you are at the very beginning of your journey. The IVF process timeline can vary depending on each case, treatment protocol, and where it is undertaken. To better understand it and get the answers to questions like – What is the average time required to complete one IVF cycle? How long do you need to wait for the results? Have a look at what our fertility specialist said.