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Patient Journey


What to expect during your journey at the Egyptian IVF-ET center


 Your journey begins with a heartfelt welcome from our lovely receptionists, who will provide you with an application form to fill in your personal information and medical history. If you have an appointment, you will meet one of our clinicians to assess your case based on previous medical records (which we expect you to have with you on your first visit) and clinical examination. On that first visit we shall inform if you are in need of any further blood tests or ultrasound examinations, and the doctor will discuss with you the cause of infertility and the suggested plan for treatment. The protocol of management will be explained to you in details and the average rate of success will be estimated. We need to ensure that you make a well informed choice.

The first day to start treatment is usually on day 20 of your menstrual cycle, you will be  asked to come immediately on that day without pre-bookings. On that day an ultrasound will be performed for you to check that no abnormalities occurred that would hinder the start of the treatment cycle. In Our classic, Agonist (long) Protocol you shall start treatment on that same day and one of our nursing staff will show you how to inject yourself ( that is very easy) as you will be asked to purchase enough injections for two weeks to go home with. You will also be given a specific date, after 2 weeks approximately, to come back for a blood test. Other protocols might start immediately with injections for induction at the start of your menstrual cycle. We call this Antagonist (short) Protocol, suitable mainly for patients who come from abroad and don’t have enough time. Once you complete the first two weeks injection course you will need to come back for a blood test. This blood test will detect your hormonal level to ensure that your body has responded well to the medication received. The next day, one of our team
doctors will phone you with the results of your blood test and will explain what to do next.

Following that you shall be given instructions on the next type of injections that are to be taken daily for stimulating your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. The dose would have been decided early on during your first visit. You will come back in a week to start monitoring the size and number of follicles via an ultrasound. The coming visits will be decided day by day depending on your response to the injections, on some days blood tests will be performed as well. When you have reached good sized eggs (18-20 mm) we will determine the date of egg retrieval.

At the same day of egg retrieval, the husband will give a semen sample (and usually there will be another sample collected beforehand and frozen). Egg retrieval is a simple outpatient procedure done under light anaesthesia, you should be able to go home a few hours later. Next day, you shall receive a phone call informing you of the rate of fertilization and you will be informed of the expected day for embryo transfer.

On the day of embryo transfer, you will be informed of the total number of embryos available and how many are designated for the transfer and how many excess suitable embryos for freezing, if any. It is a simple procedure like any gynaecological examination usually done without anaesthesia, and shortly afterwards you can go home and resume your life as usual. The same is expected of you in the two weeks following the embryo transfer, go to work, climb stairs, even travel if you need to, meanwhile you will need to start another set of injections. By the end of those two weeks a blood pregnancy test will be done.

The Egyptian IVF-ET centre\\\'s team are one of the best in the field and are there to guide you throughout your special journey in fertility treatment. Despite being around for almost three decades now, we appreciate the individuality of each case and the importance of the whole experience for every couple. Our doctors, biologists and nurses are here to offer you the outmost medical and psychological support and care.

Please feel free to contact any member of our team with any further inquiries.