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Does ovarian stimulation affect my oocyte supply?
Absolutely not. During stimulation, up to 10 or more follicles develop simultaneously, just like during a natural cycle. In a natural cycle, however, all but one or two follicles will wither and die and only the strongest are left to be fertilised. During IVF, we support the body so all the follicles reach maturity.
Ovarian stimulation ensures that a greater number of oocytes can be used.
The difference between IVF and IVF with ICSI
In IVF, we transfer an egg into a Petri dish along with the sperm cells and the sperm cells swim to the egg to fertilise it.
In ICSI, one single sperm is injected into each egg. The next day, we can determine whether fertilisation has occurred.
Is hormonal stimulation safe?
The administered hormones can cause side effects, but these are temporary and are closely monitored. A medical intervention may be required in case of overstimulation (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome).
The hormones used during IVF have been widely administered for many years to women who struggle to conceive, without any adverse effects ever being observed. However, scientists around the world continue to study the (long-term) impact of hormone treatments for safety reasons.
Five common questions on assisted reproductive technologies (ART) answered:
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Are birth defects more common in children conceived with ART than in children born after natural pregnancy?
Prof. dr. Willem Verpoest
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