How Long Does IVF Take?

What Is The Timeline For The Entire IVF Process?

Dr. Allison K. Rodgers of Fertility Centers of Illinois discusses the timeline of the IVF Process, from finding an egg donor to creating the embryo.

How long does it take to get eggs from a donor?

One of the first things you're going to need to do is find an egg donor to help create embryos. This process can take some time depending on whether you use a fresh or frozen egg. Fresh eggs from an egg donor can take a little bit of extra time, but you usually get more eggs. On average to get fresh eggs it takes about two to three months.  Frozen eggs are already procured and you just pay the egg bank just like you'd pay a sperm bank and then they ship the eggs. Typically you get a smaller number of eggs, around six on average. Getting frozen eggs is usually a little bit faster.

What happens once I have the eggs?

So the first process is creating embryos and then of course the second process is getting the gestational carrier pregnant. If you have someone in your life who's acting as a gestational carrier the testing can be a couple of months. If you're using an agency or using a gestational carrier they will most likely need to do a few tests. These tests include a test on their uterus to make sure their uterus is healthy and to make sure they're a good candidate medically and obstetrically. After the tests, there are going to be legal contracts involved to protect your parental rights. That process can take a while so it is highly recommended that you get started with that as soon as possible. The legal process usually takes around four months. This means the total process of IVF can take approximately a six-month period. Certainly, this process can go faster or slower but on average it takes around six months.

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Posted by Dr. Allison K. Rodgers

Dr. Allison K. Rodgers is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her residency at Case Western Reserve-Metrohealth Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Rodgers’ personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine, and she is well-known for her compassionate and individualized patient care. 


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