Fertility problems are common. Some women turn to in vitro fertilization to help get pregnant. While effective, it can add additional challenges for Lupus Warriors.
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a type of fertility treatment that uses hormone treatments. It works like this:
- Hormone treatments cause ovulation from the ovaries
- Ovulation is the release of mature eggs
- A clinician removes the eggs from the woman’s body
- The healthiest sperm extracted from a sperm sample
- Eggs joined with sperm under laboratory conditions to make a zygote
- Zygotes are the earliest stage of a human embryo
- Zygotes inserted into the woman’s uterus
- The woman receives hormone therapy that help start the the pregnancy
You can find out more about the process on Planned Parenthood’s website, here.
However, the success rates of IVF and other fertility are low. Multiple rounds of treatment are not uncommon. You should be aware of the risks that multiple rounds of IVF-related hormones can pose for people with lupus.