If both of your ovaries must be removed but you will still have your uterus, then you may be able to use IVF to help you become pregnant. IVF can be an expensive procedure, and your insurance may not cover the costs. However, some states have laws that require insurance to cover at least some of the costs.
During this procedure, an egg (either from another woman or one that you have previously frozen) is fertilized with sperm from your partner or from donor sperm. This fertilized egg (embryo) is then transferred into your uterus.
Although the egg is fertilized, it does not necessarily mean you will become pregnant. The egg must implant and numerous other factors must line up for a pregnancy to be viable. Other factors that may affect your chances of becoming pregnant include the health of your uterus and the quality of the eggs, sperm, and embryos. IVF gives you a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of pregnancy and delivery.
Two weeks after the fertilized egg is transplanted into your uterus, a pregnancy test will be done. If you are pregnant, you will have to continue taking certain injections that help maintain the pregnancy, such as estrogen and progesterone. However, if you are not pregnant, you will bleed for a few days and experience period-like symptoms.
New Infertility Treatment
Studies are currently being done on ovarian tissue freezing, which is a new method for helping infertile women become pregnant. In this procedure, a biopsy or resection is taken from the ovary. This tissue is then frozen and saved. When the woman is ready to become pregnant, the tissue is replaced back in the woman's body.
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