Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Most common

Your doctor will explain the best time to start the treatment after the initial consultation, examination and blood tests. Your clinician may start your treatment on the 2nd or 3rd day of your period.

A couple can try as many times as they want, as long as they can handle the costs.

As long as we are in close contact with the clinician having your tests done at a clinic near you, then it is feasible. We also have colleagues located in many cities & 120+ IVF centers of our own so we are always closer to you.

No, IVF is not at all painful because the injections used for IVF are purified and injected in subcutaneous form. The egg collection process is done under light sedation which is also not painful. At the time of embryo transfer, anaesthesia is not given but it is a 2 to 5 minutes process which hardly causes any pain.

Every patient is different; therefore the process will differ from patient to patient. However, when it comes to IVF injections, they are thin and easy and does not require an intervenes. They can also be administered under anaesthesia if required. The egg collection process is done under light sedation which is also not painful. At the time of embryo transfer, anaesthesia is not given but it is a 2 to 5 minutes process that hardly causes any pain.

May involve 2-3 visits:

1. One day for check-up / Pre-IVF preparation

2. 15 days for IVF procedure (Second Visit)

3. Embryo transfer (Required only in some cases)

The procedure is not painful as it is done under light sedation, but may cause mild discomfort. At our clinic, we use mild anesthesia administered through an IV route which relieves discomfort.

Success rates strongly depend on the age of the patient, their condition, medical history and the treatment used. At Indira IVF, we are constantly working towards improving the IVF success rates by leveraging advanced technology and standardising the procedures.

The IVF procedure can be prescribed in cases where the other fertility treatments have failed, or if the chances of a successful pregnancy are higher with this method than with any other treatment. If there are no contraindications, the procedure can be carried out simply at the request of the couple by considering that precise time as the right time for IVF.

Tubal-peritoneal factor-

Violation of the patency of the fallopian tubes leads to the fact that the egg cannot penetrate into the uterine cavity. In this case, you can either try to restore patency using a surgical laparoscopic operation or perform IVF and implant an already developing embryo into the uterine cavity.

Male factor-

This diagnosis is made when the quality of sperm is not high enough. If the number of healthy active sperm is too low to conceive a healthy child, it is better to resort to ART.


Mild forms of endometriosis usually respond to surgery and hormonal treatment. If, after the therapy, pregnancy does not occur, then the doctor sends the couple for IVF procedure.

Age-related infertility-

Age plays a vital role when we talk about deciding the right time for IVF. With this factor of infertility, it is desirable to supplement the standard IVF procedure with ICSI and assisted hatching methods.


Anovulation is usually treated with simpler methods, such as hormonal stimulation combined with IUI. But if it’s unsuccessful, you can always use the IVF method.

Unexplained infertility-

If it is not possible to establish an accurate diagnosis, and the therapy is unsuccessful, the doctor may advise the couple to resort to the IVF procedure.

In this process the female egg is taken out under anaesthesia and fertilized with the husband’s sperm in the lab. The embryo formed after 3-5 days is transferred back in the uterus.

Post treatment

Resting 15-20 minutes after the transfer is usually sufficient. We suggest not doing heavy exercise and walking for long distances during this time period. Women who work at an office can work the next day to resume daily activities.

IVF is planned for the second time only after a thorough diagnosis and analysis of possible causes of failure. On an average, a woman is given 3 months for rehabilitation as IVF cycles gap. During this time, the reproductive system is restored and prepares to receive a new fertilized egg. If after the first IVF, there was a frozen pregnancy, then in this case the rest period lasts about 6 months. In such a situation, there is always chronic endometritis, which needs careful treatment before planning a new pregnancy. For the second attempt to be successful, sometimes it is enough to make some adjustments to the previous IVF protocol by adding a proper IVF cycles gap. In some cases, a long stimulation cycle is replaced with a short one, or one hormonal preparation is changed for another, while in some others, the dosage is changed. If no specific complications were identified, and the first IVF attempt was carried out in a natural cycle, that is, hormonal stimulation was not used, then the artificial insemination procedure can be carried out after 2 weeks. This means that in the next menstrual cycle, doctors begin to monitor the dominant follicle and, when favourable conditions are reached, they perform a puncture and egg collection.

Yes, walking and light aerobic exercises are okay but avoid lifting heavy weight and any strenuous exercise.

▪ Bed rest is not required after embryo transfer; avoid lifting heavy weight and any strenuous exercise.

▪ Take healthy diet inclusive of antioxidants and avoid outside food.

▪ Avoid any stress and negative thoughts.

▪ Avoid using public washrooms and maintain proper hydration to avoid urinary tract infection.

▪ Take medications prescribed after embryo transfer properly.

Even though, embryo is formed artificially in an IVF pregnancy, there is no difference from what happens in the natural cycle. The uterus accepts the embryo in the same way it accepts the naturally fertilised eggs. It is important to understand that nature has a foolproof plan in everything including the reproductive system where the embryo attaches to the uterine lining very firmly regardless of whether it attaches naturally or artificially. The movements or walk around or even gravity, does not cause the embryo to detach and fall off. Also, it is a total myth that bed rest after embryo transfer increases success rate of IVF. In fact, research has shown that patients who do complete bed rest after embryo transfer have less success in IVF as compared to patients who continue to do their routine activities. Main reason behind this is that patients who keep themselves engaged in some activities have less stress levels which help in increasing their IVF success. Therefore, the advice of bed rest after embryo transfer is over exaggerated or unrealistic.