One of the craziest things I’ve heard about IVF was from a friend of a friend who said that she was envious of people going through IVF because you get to skip two months or more of pregnancy.
This person apparently thought that you could get an eight-week-old embryo put inside you, so you only have 32 weeks to go instead of 40.
Let me take you through the cycle of a natural pregnancy and the cycle of an IVF pregnancy so you can see the similarities and differences.
Let's assume everyone is on a 28-day menstrual cycle.
Day one is the first day of your period.
Similar, right? And, from then on, everything is the same. Though there is a higher chance of c-sections with IVF which is something that I would like to learn more about.
So why was this woman confused? I’m guessing she heard about a woman going through IVF that had a frozen cycle.
Frozen cycles mean that the embryos are grown for three or five (sometimes six) days, and then the embryos are frozen. No further growth until they are unfrozen and transferred.
The embryos, however, can be frozen for as long as you need. So, months, even years, can go by, but once the embryo is transferred, the pregnancy starts at four weeks.
I hope that this helped to show you how similar the pregnancy process is between IVF and a natural pregnancy.
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